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First Core i7 Laptop Has One Hour Battery Life

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

Remember a few weeks ago when we told you about the ‘mobile workstation’ that Eurocom was cramming a Core i7 into? Well now we know more, and we’re a little surprised. Well, not really.

At the beginning of February Computer company, Eurocom proudly displayed the specs for the upcoming D900F PHANTOM i7: a laptop with Intel’s Core i7. While the spec sheet listed everything under the sun, it left out the one thing that people was asking about the most: how long will this thing even last before I have to plug it in?

Not long, apparently. The company issued a press release today and oddly enough, it sort of sounds pleased about the fact that it can make the 12 cell battery last for an hour.

“The World's First workstation and server-class notebook with Intel i7 Quad Core or XEON processor; 1.5 Terabytes of storage, RAID 5 and internal 1 hour Battery!”

The Core i7 and 8 MB of L2 aside, the D900F packs 8 GB of DDR3 and up to 1.5 TB of storage. It weighs 11.9 lbs of bulk which actually doesn’t matter because you’re not likely to be lugging this around for long. While it’s more than likely going to give you back problems and you’ll be charging it all the time, this will at least be the most compact Core i7 box on the market.

The D900F is supposedly shipping sometime in April, though there’s no word on pricing yet.

Full specs from Eurocom:

  1. High-performance upgradeable 64-bit Dual or Quad core Intel XEON processors
  2. Fully 64-bit compliant hardware
  3. 8 GB of high performance memory,
  4. Large capacity, high performance, redundant storage with RAID 0/1/5 three physical hard drives and up to 1.5 TB of storage
  5. Internal 17-inch LCD display
  6. Internal built-in battery; 1 hour of battery backup in case of power failure
  7. High capacity optical Re-writable Blu Ray drive storage, perfect data backup
  8. Long lifespan
  9. Built-in 102-key desktop-like full size keyboard with separate numeric keypad
  10. Multiple I/O Ports: 1Gigabit Ethernet LAN; 4 USB 2.0, FireWire, serial and parallel ports, CRT and DVI-D for 2 external displays. Optional 2nd Gigabit Ethernet is available via PC Express slot.
  11. Wireless: Built-in WLAN 802.11a/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0
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    tenor77 , March 5, 2009 4:16 PM
    I wonder how long it will last under load? Not to mention if you know anything about Lithium Ion batteries, draining them puts strain on it and shortens the lifespan and capacity.

    No thanks.
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    roofus , March 5, 2009 4:44 PM
    Mock it if you like but they have the one hour laptop market all to themselves right now. ;) 
    Come on AMD, we need your one hour laptop to compete with this!
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    A Stoner , March 5, 2009 4:45 PM
    Sweet. That is about the same as my 4 year old Dell XPS lappy with no replacement battery. These are more aptly named portable computers, as they really are not meant to be used away from the wall outlet.
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    frozenlead , March 5, 2009 5:09 PM
    It should probably have the graphics cards on that list too...

    It's just a Clevo derivative notebook. Generally they carry SLI 9800M GTX's. The units carrying the two cards that don't carry i7 (but instead Intel quad cores from the desktop series) also only have about an hour battery life - clearly, the battery life isn't limited by the CPU. This article is kind of misleading.
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    hellwig , March 5, 2009 5:09 PM
    How is this a Core i7 laptop when it comes with a 2 or 4 core Xeon? There are no 2-core i7s yet, none the less nehalem Xeons. And what kind of market is this serving? It weighs 11 pounds, comes with a Xeon processor, and no discrete graphics? I was thinking it might be for LAN parties, but a Xeon and no GPU means this is sort of a portable server, but why?
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    jsloan , March 5, 2009 5:22 PM
    that's no laptop, it's a monster, raid 5! 11.9 pounds, by the time you put it in a bag, ect it will be 15 pounds. i bet it really doesn't even last 1 hour.
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    JMcEntegart , March 5, 2009 5:48 PM
    @roofus: Lawl, that made my day.

    @jsloan: Tell me about it! BEHOLD, THE BEHEMOTH! I actually never thought of that. Spec sheets and press releases are usually overly optimistic about how long the battery lasts. If anyone "invests" in one of these, let me know how long it lasts!
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2009 5:59 PM
    No thanks for me too.
    I'm not into gaming on a laptop.
    I wouldn't buy it, even if it only costs $900!
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    cruiseoveride , March 5, 2009 6:17 PM
    Vista users like things like this
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    mdillenbeck , March 5, 2009 6:27 PM
    It really isn't a laptop. Its an all-in-one workstation/server with a built in 1 hour UPS. Sounds reasonable to me - after all, have you ever heard of a laptop with RAID 5 or 8 GB RAM?
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    Tekkamanraiden , March 5, 2009 6:58 PM
    Desktop laptop? Hmm just like a imac but with a lot more power.
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    etrnl_frost , March 5, 2009 7:06 PM
    But does the power brick come with fans? THAT's the question.
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    sdcaliceli , March 5, 2009 7:07 PM
    with those specs i'm even surprised they listed an hour. most desktops on backup battery (ups) barely last 15 minutes and those batteries are gigantic!
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    RiotSniperX , March 5, 2009 7:19 PM
    This is total overkill, why 8gb? 6GB would have been just fine, and 1.5TB storage? Why do you need 3 hard drives? I think there just a bunch of tards who just got bored and decided to cram a core i7 in a box.

    I wonder if they include a portable wall with this as well, 1 hour is pointless.
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    MxM , March 5, 2009 7:36 PM
    Intel, what happened with performance per Watt in i7?
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    mdale13 , March 5, 2009 8:41 PM
    wow, apparently nobody understands the purpose of this workstation. its not for gaming, its not for casual use, its for 3D professionals who need to be able to move their workstations around. the battery life is almost an afterthought. they would always plug it in to get maximum performance. i work in the video game industry, and i have a mobile workstation. weighs about 10lbs, 30min battery, but the thing rips through 3D applications when i need to work away from home or the office. so before you all slam it, have an understanding of its purpose.
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    jawshoeaw , March 5, 2009 8:54 PM
    This is my daily laugh - but you know 5 years from now these specs will have been streamlined, RAID5 SSD in a single drive, etc. and the battery life will be standard 2-3 hours with actual use. Maybe more with fuelcell battery burning rubbing alcohol :) 

    My second daily laugh was RiotSniperX's "tard" I haven't heard that in forever, it's the perfect word for this Frankensteinian machine.
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    RiotSniperX , March 5, 2009 10:25 PM
    jawshoeawThis is my daily laugh - but you know 5 years from now these specs will have been streamlined, RAID5 SSD in a single drive, etc. and the battery life will be standard 2-3 hours with actual use. Maybe more with fuelcell battery burning rubbing alcohol My second daily laugh was RiotSniperX's "tard" I haven't heard that in forever, it's the perfect word for this Frankensteinian machine.

    Thanks, i try hard.

    Well obviously, 5 years from now, 8GB Of DDR3 will be nothing and people wouldn't be able to imagine a life without their 32TB of storage on one drive.
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    zodiacfml , March 6, 2009 6:33 AM
    they should market it as, "with built-in 1hour UPS" :D 
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    AngryClown , March 6, 2009 2:57 PM
    My last Acer laptop with the nVidia 7300GO graphics lasted about one hour on battery. I used it primarily as a workstation, as well. The battery was used mainly to switch from one power source to another. If this one lasts an hour, it's actually impressive.
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