PC system and component manufacturers have made a tradition out of giving their products fearsome sounding and/or over-the-top names, whether it’s the NZXT Panzerbox or the Quantum Obsidian X-24. So when we heard about Eurocom’s Armadillo Ultrabook, we couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow, wondering if this rig shipped with a special, protective shell … or something.
In fact, the Armadillo looks pretty austere, smothered in an amalgamation of matte black material and brushed metal; it offers little in the way of visual flamboyance. However, don’t let it’s exterior fool you, because, for under $1,000, the Armadillo sounds like a decent value buy.
Weighing 4.4-pounds and measureing 13.6 x 9.6 x 0.9-inches, the Eurocom Armadillo features a 14-inch 1080p display, an Intel Core i7-4500U dual-core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz, up to 16GB of RAM, storage that tops out with a 1TB SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics, 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and a four-cell battery. The default Armadillo configuration ships with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hybrid hard drive. You can also choose to outfit the Eurocom Armadillo with a TV tuner, though that of course will cost extra.
While the base model Armadillo costs a wallet-friendly $917, it’s worth noting that the default setup doesn’t include an operating system. If you don’t have a copy of your own, adding one to the system will tack on at least another $91 to the cost, if you go with the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1.
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