As the days go by, it seems that Alienware’s decision to stop making new versions of the popular M11x is more of a bad decision than before. Today, Origin, a company that sprouted from Alienware’s defected employees, announced their re-branded version of the Clevo 11-inch laptop that many companies are going to use for the basis of their 11.6-inch gaming laptops. This particular version with Origin’s badge on it includes the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors, a 2GB NVIDIA GT 650M GPU for some great gaming, Optimus graphics-switching technology and a battery rated for 6.5 hours of runtime. The laptop starts at $999 (compared with $1,099 for Maingear), except you’d better go to Origin’s site to find out what kind of specs you get for such a low price. At least it looks good and is pretty light.
(Editor’s Note: adding an Ivy Bridge CPU instantly bumps the price to $1,294, and at the base price you get a Pentium processor. Really.)