We provided a full overview of Eurocom's Monster 1.0 last week. For the interested, the same Clevo W110ER chassis used in the Monster 1.0 is available with a variety of configuration options from several other vendors as well. AVADirect has their Gaming Laptop Clevo W110ER (no obfuscation of the ODM necessary, thank you very much), there's the Sager NP6110, and companies like MythlogicProStar, Origin, and XoticPC (and probably others) are also selling their own branded variants of the same core laptop. If you're interested in a small gaming laptop, it may pay to shop around a bit.

Source: AVADirect

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  • tviceman - Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - link

    It's a shame that is being stuck with such a low resolution screen. 1600x900 would have been perfect for it's capabilities and size.
  • hansfilipelo - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    I bet it has a better resolution (pixels density) than the screen you are using now. Unless it's a mobile device.

    I am so tired of people thinking that the number of pixels equals resolution.
  • Kumouri - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    It's still only (approximately) 141 PPI, which really isn't that good. If it were 1600x900 it would be able 165, which is better (a lot closer to the maximum resolution of the eye at the average distance from your eyes a laptop is used at).
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - link

    Oh jeez, not all this again.

    I think we can all agree that 1366x768 on a 15.6" or larger laptop is a joke. On a 13.3" or 14.0" laptop, it's acceptable for entry-level machines or for people whose vision is not as strong. On an 11.6" Windows laptop, it's pretty much perfect. /endofdebate

    Sitting back at a position that allows for ergonomic typing on my 11.6" laptop, looking through a month-old glasses prescription which correct both eyes to 20/20 or better, I really cannot resolve alternating black and white lines, horizontal or vertical, as anything but a gray field. Can I see them if I hunch over the keyboard? Sure. That couple of inches does make a difference. But back straight, shoulders down, elbows at 90", they're not resolvable.

    There are no Windows 7 UI elements that I wish were any smaller than they are. Menu text at default settings is just about the minimum size that I would want. So I don't have to worry about Windows scaling stuff properly, and I can use the computer comfortably.

    And if this were a gaming laptop, the graphics card could take the power it would waste powering 37% more pixels--pixels that aren't going to make a difference to image quality--and apply it to AA or whatever else in order to make the overall image better. You don't have to worry about cramming more powerful graphics circuitry into a small device, and you might actually get some meaningful battery life out of it, even while gaming.
  • Insurgence - Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - link

    I found that I prefer higher resolutions to AA as I can get a pretty decent quality improvement with less of a performance hit.
  • jeremyshaw - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    Asus ux31 is better, along with Sony vaio sa, and both variants of the vaio Z.

    Though, of the three, only the vaio SA is has a decent gpu (6630m).

    All ~13" laptops, strangely. Though all would be argueably more portable :p

    Strangely, its the least powerful of the three, the ux31, that also uses an ULV chip, vs the dGPU+full power CPUs Sony put into the two vaios.
  • bunnyfubbles - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    for gaming 1366x768 is perfectly fine, heck I might even prefer it considering laptop specs

    I have a 1080p screen on my 15.5" Sony VAIO S and there's hardly any games I'd ever consider running at such a resolution, even with the fastest mobile GPUs available to notebooks period, let alone the GPUs that are possible in these non-DTR laptops

    I already crank games down to 1366x768 or 1280x720 with settings cranked down almost all the way, and even tho pixel density is high, the ugly interpolated resolution does not help the fact that I'm already running the game on greatly lowered settings

    granted, for anything other than gaming 1080p is amazing

    but for a gaming oriented laptop I'd much rather the focus be placed on speed than resolution, ie very good pixel response times and very low input lag
  • bennyg - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    If I agreed I wouldn't have spent about aud$800 more for a GTX580M in my P150HM over a W150 model with a 540M. Pixellation is very visible at HD/720p res on 15 inch. Aliasing ruins fluidity even at 60hz. Experience what a decent GPU can do, and you will probably not think the same.

    Plus, scaling on a high DPI panel is not such an issue. On my old laptop to run GTA4 acceptably I had to scale to 720p - and could barely see any fuzz.

    There is simply no sane reason to choose a low res panel over a hi res one unless you are buying a fleet of workstations where cost is an issue.
  • Freakie - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    Thank you, Jarred, for including a more complete list of OEM's selling this Clevo barebone :) Helps spread the information out that people are not limited to only one or two companies!
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - link

    If I missed any others you're aware of, let me know and I can add them to the pile... er... list.

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