Clevo's W110ER Now Available from Additional Vendorsby Jarred Walton on May 2, 2012 7:25 PM EST
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 Mythlogic, ProStar, 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.
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Freakie - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - linkLol, pile indeed, these rebadgers can be numerous at times.
But um... if you really want then the only other company that I've seen put it out, that you haven't listed, is OriginPC: http://www.originpc.com/eon11-s-gaming-laptop-feat...
Other than that, it seems like it's mostly the big guys getting it at first. And thanks again for the completeness :) Even without it for this one little thing, you guys are still my favorite PC site! Not that me as one person matters too much but yeah... just wanted to let ya know you guys do a great job!
Baenwort - Friday, May 4, 2012 - linkThere is Mythlogic: http://www.mythlogiccorp.com/ they were the first ones to offer Matte screens for this model. They also have accidental warranty coverage, which is unusual for Clevo builders.
JarredWalton - Friday, May 4, 2012 - linkAdded, thanks!
Jigglypuff11 - Monday, May 7, 2012 - linkIn Europe I found www.pwnpcs.co.uk I've emailed the staff there and they've been very helpful so far! Planning to order one with the 3610QM next week!
QChronoD - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - linkEven if it was for a day or two, I'd love to see you guys at least test the screens to see if they are any good, or more of the same washed out crap.
Other than the screen test, a "quick" battery test would be the next best thing, just to see if that 410min is accurate under actual usage.
QChronoD - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - linkDid a quick configuration on each site and tried to get them as close to the same as possible.
Ivy Bridge, 8GB ram, W7HP, 750GB Momentus XT, and Intel WiFi/Bluetooth
(skipped all the stuff like fancy thermal compound and screen calibration, etc)
JarredWalton - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - linkI actually told AVADirect that the one thing I'm most curious about is the two LCD options (matte and glossy). If they're both crappy, I'll be very disappointed, but considering the pricing I'd hope that if nothing else, the matte LCD will be high quality. We'll see what we can do; I believe a Monster 1.0 is already on the way over for review, but I'm not sure what specs are in that unit.
JarredWalton - Thursday, May 3, 2012 - linkInterestingly, the matte LCD option is now missing from most places. Hmmmm....
I did my own price checking. i7-3610QM, 750GB Momentus XT, 2x4GB DDR3-1600, WHP7, 3-year warranty (some places provide this standard), and Intel Advanced-N 6230 (similar to your config). I came up with the following, in alphabetical order:
AVADirect: $1541 ($1330 with 1-year warranty)
Eurocom: $1530 ($1261 with 1-year)
Origin: $1723 ($1454 with 1-year; also note that Momentus XT and DDR3-1600 aren't listed at Origin, plus they have a custom colored chassis and i7-3612QM)
ProStar: $1288 ($1139 with 1-year; no DDR3-1600)
Sager: $1288 ($1139 with 1-year; add 3-year shipping for $70)
Xotic: $1488 ($1139 with 1-year)
So, it seems like prices are still fluctuating, but I'm not sure anyone is actually shipping just yet. All the Sager-branded builds are quite a bit cheaper than the Clevo and custom-branded builds as well; I don't know if that's because Sager warranties are cheaper (maybe not as good either), or if there's some other reason for the discrepancy.
It would be great if we could actually do a true review of all the companies (e.g. order "anonymously" the same system from all the companies and then test their time to deliver, service, and support); unfortunately, that's pretty much out of scope for what we do -- unless someone wants to spot me about $10K to use for purchases and then we deal with the hassle of returning review samples. (Honestly, though, that sounds like a major chore -- and $10K might not be enough if we have multiple reviewers involved.)
JarredWalton - Friday, May 4, 2012 - linkAnd add Mythlogic to the list:
$1506 ($1356 with 1-year warranty). They still offer the matte LCD as a $100 upgrade, which many others don't list right now.
skytophall - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - linkSales@eurocom told me they have a 14 day money back guarantee. Sager has a 30 day posted on their web site.