When Alienware recently discontinued its M11x line of compact laptops, many feared the age of the 11-inch gaming machine had come to a close. Origin PC keeps the tiny dream alive with its EON11-S, so small it photographs well next to an Xbox 360 controller.

A full-powered gaming PC in a tiny package, the EON11-S bundles together Intel's 3rd generation mobile processors with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics into in short and sexy machine more than capable of tackling today's tougher games.

Weighing in at less than four pounds and starting at $999, it's the sort of gaming laptop I wouldn't mind lugging around. Hell, I'm not even sure it counts as lugging. It actually sounds like the perfect PC for a game journalist, utilizing NVIDIA Optimus Technology to extend the battery life to up to 6.5 hours while doing things that don't require heavy graphical power.

My favorite feature, however, is that that garish "I'm a gaming laptop!" plastic can be foregone in favor of a classic flat black design. I'm too old for a laptop that looks like a robot's chest piece.

The EON11-S is now available for purchase at Origin PC's website. Look for a more in-depth look at the system in the near future.