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Eurocom's Monster 4 is a 14-inch ultraportable laptop with gaming chops

Eurocom Monster 4

Gaming laptops don't have to be big, massive machines that cause you to throw your back out every time you lug 'em around. Today's thin-and-light systems actually pack enough power for decent gaming, as the specs of Eurocom's 14-inch Monster 4 show. Eurocom announced the system today: a 14-inch laptop with Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics and either a 1080p or 1440p panel, with a 1-inch thick upgradeable chassis. Not too bad for 4.4 pounds (2kg).

Buyers have a choice between an Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz to 3.5GHz, 6MB cache) or Core i7-6820HK (2.7GHz to 3.6GHz, 8MB cache), both quad-core parts based on Intel's Skylake architecture. You can pair it with up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory.

There's no option to upgrade the GTX 970M with 3GB of GDDR5 RAM to a GTX 980M, though given the laptop's thin profile, that might not be a bad thing.

On the storage side, the Monster 4 can accommodate a single 7mm SSD/HDD and an M.2 SSD. There's also a 6-in-1 memory card reader.

Other notable features include four USB 3.0 ports, two mini DisplayPorts, a single HDMI output, GbE LAN, backlit keyboard, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and choice of Windows 7, 8.1, or 10.

You can configure a Monster 4 now starting at just under $1,300 (without OS).