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Eurocom Unveils Netbook-sized Ivybridge Workstation

Laptop specialist Eurocom has unveiled a laptop that looks like a netbook but packs enough punch to make it competitive with much bigger desktop replacement workstations.

The Monster 1.0 weighs only 1.8Kg but comes with an Intel i7-3820QM processor, an Intel Mobile HM76 Express chipset, up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory, 1TB SATA3 HDD and an Nvidia Geforce GT650M with up to 2GB onboard memory.

The screen diagonal is constrained by the size of the laptop itself. It can only take an 11.6in display, one with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.

Other features include a HDMI and VGA port, USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 connectors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GbE and a 62.16Whr battery that can power the laptop for up to six hours.

Eurocom has yet to say how much this pint-sized workstation will cost and when it will be available. Preliminary benchmarks show that it reaches 2449 on 3DMark 11 (1,280 x 720 pixels), a Cinebench GPU score of 33.66 and a GeekBench score of 10609.

As expected, there are a number of other manufacturers which sell similar laptops with Chinese OEM giant Clevo supplying the chassis for most of them.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.