When Alienware decided to refresh its 2012 laptop lineup, the miniature M11x didn't make the cut. That's sad, but it doesn't mean the world won't have a potent 11-inch gaming laptop. Clevo, a Taiwanese laptop manufacturer whose products get rebadged by the likes of boutique retailers like Origin, Maingear, Eurocom, Mythlogic and XoticPC, is about to release the W110ER, and it's got a spec sheet like few small notebooks we've seen. Not only does the Clevo W110ER come with a 28nm Nvidia GeForce GT 650M Kepler graphics chip with 2GB of dedicated GDDR3 memory to drive its 1366 x 768 display, but it can support processors up to Intel's new 35W quad-core 2.1GHz Core i7-3612QM CPU, along with up to 16GB of RAM, switchable graphics, a 2.5-inch hard drive, and plenty of full-sized ports.
There's a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4a jack, a VGA socket, Gigabit Ethernet, and a full-size card reader, as well as a six-cell battery estimated at over six hours of use, all in a package that weighs about four pounds and about an inch and a half thick. It's certainly no ultrabook, but we're definitely hoping for good things from this ultraportable gaming machine. Look for it starting April 29th from a variety of retailers under a variety of names, including the Sager NP6110, Origin EON 11-S, Eurocom Monster 1.0, Maingear Pulse 11 and Mythlogic Chaos 1212. A few models are actually already on sale with current-gen Sandy Bridge processors, and they start around $800. Get a good glimpse at the W110ER in the video below.