If there is someone who is good at packing a heap of power into laptops, it's Eurocom. The company's newest addition, the 13.3-inch Eurocom M4, is no exception.
Starting with the basics, the notebook can come spec'd with up to an Intel Core I7-4940MX CPU, 16 GB of DDR3-1866 memory, Nvidia GTX 960M graphics, and an IPS display with a resolution of up to 3200 x 1800.
For base specifications, you can roll with an Intel Core i5-4210M processor, 8 GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and Nvidia GTX 765M or GTX 860M graphics. The lowest-resolution display available is a 1080p model.
All of the combinations feature Nvidia's Optimus technology, which allows for switching between the on-die Intel HD graphics and the Nvidia GPU, picking between the two on a per-application basis in order to deliver either better battery life or more performance.
For storage, the laptop can accommodate a single 9.5 mm-thick 2.5" drive along with two mSATA drives, which is an ideal combination for storing both large amounts of data on the hard drive and having high-speed storage for the OS and applications. A TPM 1.2 chip can store your cryptographic keys for security purposes.
"The EUROCOM M4 is the culmination of all of our experience in putting the most powerful computer components in the world into small form factor laptops," said Eurocom President Mark Bialic. "The M4 is a very slight 13.3" ultraportable but has the power of a mobile supercomputer."
I/O connectivity consists of three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.4 out, VGA, gigabit Ethernet, and headphone and microphone jacks. The battery is said to last about five hours, although if you start gaming, leave the brightness all the way up, and light up the backlit keyboard, that five-hour mark will certainly be a pipe dream.
To accommodate all this power, the laptop is a little thicker than most modern laptops at 1.28", and it weighs 2.0 kg.
Of course, pricing for these laptops won't be what you'd call friendly, and if you're looking at an entry-level model, you're almost certainly better off looking elsewhere. If you want as much power as possible in the form factor, however, the Eurocom M4 may be worth considering. You can configure the M4 here.
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Meh, not much change. 960M is 860M at slightly higher clocks, other than that the 230SS had the same specs, 4940MX could be configured back in 2013 with the 230ST or any other PGA947 laptops, the problem is cooling, which really makes its $1000 price pointless. Just saw first benchmarks of the i7-6700K today, looks like I'll upgrade my laptop with skylake in a few months.Reply
I like that it can support the 4940MX Haswell CPU because the newest MSI, Alienware and Asus laptops only support soldered CPUs,even the new MSI GT80. Hopefully the cooling is great and not too much work to swap/replace the battery. I hope the battery packs juicy amounts of power as well.Reply
great spec, but damn this thing is ugly, Eurocom get rid of that light gray color pleaseReply
This is a standard Chinese Clevo Notebook.Reply
all of them are the same ,
SAGER , EUROCOM , XMG , SCHENKER
all are CLEVO
I like that it can support the 4940MX Haswell CPU because the newest MSI, Alienware and Asus laptops only support soldered CPUs,even the new MSI GT80. Hopefully the cooling is great and not too much work to swap/replace the battery. I hope the battery packs juicy amounts of power as well.Most people never replace their processor in their machine unless it futzes out. The motherboard is also much more likely to go before the processor by far.
It would be a nice upgrade once the machine gets older and the 4940MX or 4930MX becomes inexpensive. That's true most people wouldn't replace their CPU, especially in a laptop but it's great for a person who likes to work on their computer like a car.Reply