Eurocom's Shark 5 laptop rules the ultraportable depths

Eurocom is doing its glorious excess thing again. This time around, the Canadian company is taking the wraps off its 15.6" Shark 5 "ultraportable" laptop. Check it out.

 The Shark 5's body houses a 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS display. For graphics power, Eurocom taps a Geforce GTX 960M graphics card with 2 GB of RAM.The beast is powered by a quad-core, eight-thread Core i7-6700HQ CPU clocked at 2.6 GHz base and 3.5 GHz turbo speeds. The system comes with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM by default, and it can hold as much as 32 GB. The default storage configuration is a 500GB, 7,200 RPM mechanical hard drive. Users can add more space by way of two 9.5-mm high 2.5" drive mounts and an PCIe x4 M.2 slot.

The Shark 5 has one special trick up its, uh, fin. Its standard networking setup consists of Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but buyers can choose to add a cellular module for network connectivity on the go, too. Four USB ports and VGA, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI 1.4a outputs round out the connectivity section. Eurocom saw fit to throw in a DVD burner for good measure, though its slot can be used for an additional hard drive if needed.

The Shark also includes a fingerprint scanner for peace of mind, and its backlit keyboard could make fragging in the dark easier.

Eurocom's laptops are extremely configurable, and the Shark 5 is no exception. A ton of upgrade options are available for nearly all of the basic parts of the machine, save for the CPU and GPU. The highlights include an extensive choice of M.2 and SATA SSDs, a Blu-ray burner, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and even a TV tuner.

All this hardware won't fit in a matchbox, though. The Shark 5 measures 15.2" x 10.6" x 1.1" (38.5 x 26.8 x 2.9 cm) and weighs in at 5.5 lbs (2.5 Kg) in its base configuration. It's safe to say anyone going after this Shark is going to need a bigger boat. Prices start at $964 for the base model, and Eurocom's devilishly tempting configuration wizard showed me numbers north of $6,000 when I started ticking option boxes.

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