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Clevo's 11-inch gaming laptop gives Alienware's M11x a run for its money

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Clevo, a Taiwanese laptop manufacturer whose products get rebadged by the likes of boutique retailers like Maingear, Mythlogic and XoticPC, is about to release the W110ER, and it's got a spec sheet like few small notebooks we've seen.

Clevo W110ER
Clevo W110ER

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.