The D901C Phantom-X server laptop

May 13, 2008 | 08:17

Tags: #engadget #laptop #server

So, you're after something with a little more grunt than an Eee PC – and you've got the shoulders of Arnie to back up your requirements? Right this way, sir: Engadget has posted details of the latest laptop to come out of the factories of Eurocom, and it's no ultraportable.

Tipping the scales at a back-breaking 5.44kg, the D901C Phantom-X comes with a 17” 1920x1200 widescreen display, a 2 megapixel webcam, built-in 2x Blu-Ray burner, twin nVidia GeForce Go 8800M GTX 512MB graphics cards in an SLI configuration, up to 8GB of RAM (although the configurator on the site only allowed me to pick 4GB), three 320GB SATA drives in a RAID 5 setup, and 802.11n networking courtesy of an Intel mini PCIe card.

As if that wasn't enough, the unit comes equipped with an Intel Xeon Quad Core X3360 2.83GHz CPU with 12MB of level 2 cache. That's a server chip, in a laptop. Why? Well, because they can. I guess.

If you're worried about what sort of battery life you can expect from a laptop which puts most people's workstations to shame, then you're spot on: the twelve cell Lithium Ion battery, which would power a 'normal' laptop for a good four hours, provides barely an hour for this beast. But, let's face it – this isn't something you're going to be carrying down to the coffee shop to do a little light browsing on, is it?

The laptop configured as per this article, and excluding any operating system, will set you back a not inconsiderable £3,569. Which is quite a lot of Eee PCs, although having a laptop capable of playing Crysis – hell, capable of running a small datacentre single-handedly, would be worth a lot of geek points.

What's your opinion – an overpriced desktop replacement, or is there really a market for ultra-powerful laptops that can just about be lugged between your car and your house? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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