Reviewers say the 11-inch Eurocom Monster is a great choice for portable and affordable gaming. It offers a ton of connection options and packs a heck of a punch for its diminutive size, although the mid-range graphics can't support the highest settings in newer action games.
Are you sure this is an 11-inch laptop? Eurocom managed to cram a powerful Core i7 CPU, discrete Nvidia GeForce GT650M graphics, 8 GB of RAM and a 120 GB SSD into this 11-inch gaming notebook. The combination absolutely ravages everyday tasks, but gamers who go with the Monster opt for portability over potency. The machine can play most games at only modest detail settings; 17-inch behemoths like the Alienware M17x (*Est. $1,500 and up) that sport top-end GPUs can play any game at any setting. Battery life is average for a gaming laptop, lasting three to four hours in most tests.
Portable and port-heavy. The Eurocom Monster's 3.96-pound frame is much more travel-friendly than most gaming laptops, which often tip the scales at 8 pounds or more. Its keyboard and mouse are solid, but nothing special. Reviewers love the Monster's abundant ports: VGA, HDMI and a trio of USB connections, two of which are the speedy USB 3.0 variety.
In a word, dull. The Monster's bland black case isn't much to look at, and that nondescript averageness carries over to the audio. The 1,366-by-768-pixel display is decent for the small size, but not great. And you'll need to stare at it straight on, since the Monster's screen darkens dramatically at off angles, according to critics.
An unknown factor. Not many users post reviews of the Monster, either good or bad. While Eurocom's one-year warranty is fairly standard, you'll have to pay to ship your laptop to the company if you need repairs. Eurocom foots the bill on the way back.
An unquestionable value. Eurocom delivers a lot of firepower for a low price. Although the Monster's design is a bit bland, gamers will be hard pressed to find a bigger bang for their buck. The 14-inch Alienware M14x (*Est. $1,000 and up) costs more and offers less performance prowess, but sports a bigger screen and a more attractive package overall.
Review Credibility: Excellent AnandTech.com's incredibly detailed, multi-page review of the Eurocom Monster touches on every possible aspect of the machine, complete with thorough benchmark testing where applicable. The design of the notebook disappoints, but its incredible power does not. "The power/size ratio of the Monster is absolutely mind boggling," Gowri says. "Having a 4 pound laptop that has nearly as much power as my desktop? Sign me up, yesterday."
Review: Eurocom Monster 1.0: Clevo's Little Monster, Vivek Gowri, May 18, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent PCMag.com agrees that the Eurocom Monster might not be much to look at, but it's highly portable and high-performing. The site gives the gaming laptop an Editors' Choice award.
Review: Eurocom Monster 1.0, John R. Delaney, June 28, 2012
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Review Credibility: Excellent Howley echoes what the reviewers at PCMag.com and AnandTech.com say, but he's a bit less forgiving of the Eurocom Monster's shortcomings that he says include a small keyboard and short battery life. He gives it 3.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Eurocom Monster Review, Daniel Howley, May 18, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Although Colaner's in love with the Monster's performance chops, he says he's eagerly awaiting future iterations of the diminutive gaming laptop when Eurocom hopefully spruces up the design quirks.
Review: Eurocom Monster 1.0 11.6" Gaming Notebook Review, Seth Colaner, Aug. 13, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Seghers' review mirrors all the others: The Eurocom Monster provides stellar performance, but average everything else. "Despite its quirky keyboard, temperamental touchpad and average screen, the 11.6-inch Eurocom Monster is a great gaming laptop if you're after something that's as portable as they come while remaining affordable," he says.
Review: Eurocom Monster Review, Ardjuna Seghers, Aug. 9, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Davidson approves of the Monster's monstrous performance, multiple configuration options and sound yet bland build quality, and gives the laptop a Performance Award.
Review: Eurocom Monster 11.6in Gaming Laptop Review, Stuart Davidson, Sept. 21, 2012