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Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler

Eurcoms Racer 2.0 Notebook, In Detail

Eurocom’s newest middleweight chassis looks strikingly similar to its previous version, but subtle hints that this one is different abound. Looking past the LED-backlit keyboard, for example, we find that the third USB port is now blue.

The new color tells us that, like its neighbors, the third port is now USB 3.0-compliant. It’s not just blue though, as it is also combined with one of the chipset’s SATA 3Gb/s ports to provide eSATA. FireWire, gigabit Ethernet, and a 9-in-1 memory card interface are also on the left edge.

On the other side, you get one USB 2.0 port, an optical drive, three audio jacks, and an S/PDIF connector.

Now that it’s supported by Intel's chipset, DisplayPort costs Eurocom little to implement on the Racer 2.0. It joins HDMI and DVI outputs on the notebook’s rear edge.

We’d like to note that the Racer 2.0 does not support dual-link DVI, though it does support VGA. Dual-link monitors are forced down to 1280x800, so users with only DVI and HDMI inputs on their monitors should nix plans to buy a 30” display and settle for 1080p (1920x1080) or below. If you do buy a DisplayPort adapter for higher resolutions, it has to be a pricier active variety. Those certainly aren't cheap.

The Racer 2.0 we received included Eurocom’s entry-level notebook bag with shoulder strap ($25), the power supply, a manual, and support disks. The battery is packed separately, as shown.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.