Digital Storm Reveals XM15 Gaming Notebook With Optimus

Is it too late to consider a new notebook for Christmas? Not if you're asking Digital Storm's opinion! The custom PC maker has just revealed their newest machine, the XM15 laptop. It's a new "hybrid" breed of gaming machine, which also sips power when you aren't taxing the GPU. NVIDIA's Optimus graphics solution is at the helm here, offering better battery life whenever you could use an IGP.

There's an NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M (1GB) video card, but the separate integrated Intel graphics chipset can be called on when you aren't in need of serious graphical horsepower. The switching is automatic, and it senses whether or not you need the extra power based on what application(s) you use. Three basic configurations are available. The base machine is $999, offering a 2.4GHz Intel Coer i5-520M CPU, 4GB of 1066-DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive and Windows 7 as the OS. The $1086 model jumps up to a 2.53GHz Core i5-540M, and the $1367 model goes with a 2.8GHz Core i7-640M.

All three models can be ordered now and customized as you please.

Digital Storm’s Next Gen xm15 Laptop Boasts Rich Multimedia Features While Extending Battery Life

New breed of affordable laptops offer intelligent energy consumption, ideal for a variety of multimedia applications & high performance gaming

Fremont, Calif. - (December 20, 2010) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly announces the xm15, a powerful new lightweight laptop based on NVIDIA’s Optimus Hybrid Technology.

The xm15 is a new laptop breed that delivers targeted extreme performance when required so that you’ll enjoy longer operation without losing the ability to enjoy the visual intensity of HD movies, multimedia applications, surfing the web, and gaming.

The xm15 delivers sumptuous graphics for a variety of multimedia content thanks to NVIDIA’s powerful GT 425M 1GB video card. By utilizing NVIDIA’s Optimus Hybrid technology, the xm15 defers operation to a second separate integrated Intel graphics processor for less intensive applications. This process of switching between the two graphic processors happens automatically and seamlessly so that there is no interruption in operation.

By increasing and decreasing performance when needed, the xm15 is able to substantially extend battery life. With such a powerful video card under the hood, it’s no surprise that the xm15 comes with up to a 1080p HD LED screen that produces the most luscious imagery possible.

The Digital Storm xm15 is truly a mobile benchmark crusher, it routinely scores above 7200 on 3DMark06, putting it in the upper echelons of laptop performance. It isn’t tethered to stagnant bulk data thanks to built-in light speed eSATA and USB 3.0 transfer ports. In addition, the xm15 comes with built-in HDMI and VGA outputs, so it can be taken anywhere and displayed everywhere.

“The power demands of high performance laptops have always put a strain on battery life. With the development of NVIDIA’s Optimus Hybrid Technology, we’re finally able to design an affordable laptop that can handle graphic intensive applications,” remarked Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. “Our xm15 is the ideal solution for customers who want to consume graphically rich multimedia content, game or just browse the’s truly a hybrid in every definition of the word.”

Digital Storm’s xm15 laptop is available for purchase at with a base configuration starting at $999.