Hi Guys, Well I know a lot of you have been waiting for great anticipation for the latest Horize W110ER model. And it is really no surprise why. Historically gaming notebooks have been large portable desktops, and have slowly been coming down in size, with the big brother of this the P150EM being the benchmark of portability and ultimate gaming experience. And in comparison on that model to previous generations and other manufacturers it is quite small, around 2/3 the height of a similar G55 and a much smaller frame. Due to the overwhelming requests from customers, Clevos Taiwan based R&D team have designed the latest W110ER to meet a growing demand for 'truly portable' gaming. Allowing you to have a realistic amount of battery life of around 5 ½ hours (6.8 hours is the maximum possible with no wireless and no internet) AND keeping it at only 1.8kg with battery. Whilst this might be easy to do for any run of the mill notebook with an i5 processor and basic specs, this is TRULY an engineering feat to be able to squeeze in and i7 QUAD CORE processor, FAST nVidia GT650m 2GB graphics and your choice of full sized 2.5" Hard disk (ie 480GB Intel SSD or a 750GB 7200RPM HDD for example). Is there room for an extra hard disk? Nope not at all, this is completely full, see this picture of the internals so you can really understand why nothing else can be fit in here. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/3/dsc01357qo.jpg/ Now with the Alienware m11x officially discontinued there isn't any competition in the 11.6" market that you should even consider if you are after portable performance. Before writing this I have read some other reviews stating things like 'The W110er will give the m11x a run for it's money'. Well I am not sure how much Dell are paying writers to say this, but there is no competition. The m11x was based on old technology and although is a great machine, a GT335M is not even remotely close to the power of a GT650m, the m11x only had first gen Intel i7 processor as well, but more on this later. First impressions are really good, while taking it out of the box http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/dsc01378g.jpg/ you will notice how remarkably light the machine is, with the battery out you are only looking at 1.4kg of weight (battery comes not installed, but in a separate package). The touch of the machine is really good, it has a rubber coated textured finish and it really exudes good quality. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/3/dsc01365yt.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/189/dsc01363ki.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/6/dsc01362op.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/823/dsc01359un.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/515/dsc01360m.jpg/ The hinge on the LCD tilts with a good level of robustness and holding it in your hands you can feel it's a quality built machine. Pressing hard on the keyboard there is little to non-existent flex and it has a nice response to the keys. I quickly opened up notepad and wrote a few sentences (I type 110wpm) and didn't have any keystroke misses or anything obvious saying that I was typing on a small notebooks keyboard, other than the fact there was no number pad, but I can live with that. It has been improved (if you have a P150HM for reference), the keyboard layout is similar to that but the keys have a better response indeed. Backlit keyboard? Unfortunately not, that mayhopefully be in a revision in a few years! (Once can hope). Touch-pad, well I have been using a P150EM for the past few weeks so let me keep referring to this as a comparison. While the P150EM touch-pad is lets be honest not so great to use regularly as it has a really 'sticky' rubber surface which makes it hard to drag your fingers upon, the W110ER has that textured finish remember, and itis actually really quite good to use. I would say it's got twice as little 'grip' as the P150EM has. Also having that lower resolution display means getting from one side of the screen to the other is really easy. Speaking of screens let me tell you about it. The one I am using has a glossy finish, there is the option of matte though however. The only resolution available is a 1366x768 display and while some people keep saying I wish it had a larger resolution I think it would be just too much. I did a measurement (physically) of the text size of the time in Windows 7 in the task bar on both displays and in comparison to the P150EMs 1920x1080 display the displayed time was an unmeasurable difference between the two. I would say that a 1080p 15.6" display is roughly equivalent to displaying a 768p on a 11.6" display. Of course the 1080p display will give you more physical workspace but I think it would be uncomfortably small to see. A lot of people bring up the reference to Apples new iPad with the retina display, well yes that is excellent but they have designed that product to scale properly with that resolution from the ground up. Ie even with Windows scaling (which is not great) it would be too much. I recommend using the built in HDMI port to output a 1080p screen, then you are getting the best of both worlds. More Pictures: Note on comparison pic (left w110er) (right p150em) http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/806/dsc01377n.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/27/dsc01374p.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/151/dsc01372wa.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/18/dsc01371h.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/151/dsc01370s.jpg/ http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/232/dsc01369cp.jpg/ Let's have a real life look at this machine, I have taken some photos for you so you can really see for yourself how beautiful this little machine is and with the reference machine next to it in some too. So on the topic of look and feel, it is interesting to note that on this model they have gone with a screw-less access panel to the bottom of the machine. It's actually very neat, it is like a mobile phone how you un-clip and slide off the back, in much the same way. The air intake is underneath but there is sufficiently high rubber pads on the underneath which unless you are putting it on a soft surface (read: bed) should be sufficient cooling all the time. Clevo have been going out of their way lately to make some minor adjustments to panels and chassis, incorporating little rubber pads to help give things a more solid feel. This is what most large manufacturers do to absorb the feel of plastic on plastic. This is no exception, so when you hold it in your hands or press in unusual places it feels like a really solid piece of technology, because it is. Noise, thus far is pretty well non-existent for normal Windows browsing and installing drivers and applications. Which I am most surprised at, we will see how it ramps up when gaming, and I would imagine it will, with all that nVidia power behind it. Benchmarks, more on noise and a final consensus coming up in a few hours.