We talk to CyberPower Inc. about the company's recently announced Core i7 gaming laptop.
We had some questions about CyberPower's Core i7 gaming laptop, the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1, when it was first announced a couple of weeks ago. There was no mention of battery life in the specs, so how long could this thing last away from an outlet? What kind of fans or cooling solutions did they throw in there? Why a notebook and not a desktop? Check out our questions below, all of which were answered by CyberPower's Eddie Vong.
Tom's Hardware: One of the big questions we have is the issue of battery life. Eurocom and AVADirect have both launched laptops running on Intel's Core i7. Eurocom reports a battery life of about one hour with a 12 cell battery. Given that AVADirect's machine is based on the same OEM model, we can only assume that their machine has something similar. What kind of battery does the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 have and how long can users expect from this machine?
Eddie Vong: The Xtreme-S1 is a desktop replacement notebook and therefore, the battery life is not as great for long usage without having it plugged in for a charge. We’ve tested the Xtreme-S1 to last from 45 mins to 1 hour under full load on the 12 cell battery.
TH: The aforementioned laptops from Eurocom and AVADirect are extremely heavy. How heavy is the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1?
EV: The weight will depend on the customizations the customer makes. The standard weight of the laptop is 11.55 lbs.
TH: Poor battery life and weight means Core i7 laptop offerings we’ve seen from other manufacturers are not so much considered laptops as they are mobile workstations. Is there anything that made you develop a gaming laptop as opposed to a Core i7 desktop?
EV: We've been focusing on Core i7 desktops since its initial launch back in November. The Core i7 platform for notebooks is one of the biggest upgrades as far as notebooks are concerned. Despite subpar battery life and being slightly heavier compared to more conventional laptops, we feel the Xtreme-S1 is a very suitable laptop for those seeking a desktop replacement and/or mobile workstation. Users can take advantage of the power and performance of a Core i7 desktop without taking up a huge amount of space.
TH: Customers who go for the base configuration of this machine will be spending over $2,000, just to get their hands on a Core i7 laptop. However, Intel is set to launch Nehalem-based mobile chips before the year is out, which will result in cheaper, lighter laptops with similar power. What made you decide to push ahead with a laptop based on the desktop version of Core i7 rather than waiting a little longer for a mobile option that would be more appealing to the consumer?
EV: We are aware of the Intel mobile chips that will be released later this year but we pride ourselves on being in the forefront to deliver the latest technology to our customers. We want to be able to have all the options available and let our customers decide what best suits their needs.
TH: Do you guys have plans to release another Core i7 laptop based on the mobile chip once it is launched? If so will you be discontinuing the Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1? If that's not the case, who do you expect to purchase this machine when you also have another laptop based on a Nehalem-based mobile chip on offer?
EV: Yes. We will be amongst the first SI’s to carry the Calpella platform when it is available. As far as discontinuing the Xtreme-S1 when the new platform is released, we will make a final decision based on performance testing and feedback on the Calpella platform.
TH: Lastly, how have you addressed the heat that this machine will generate when used during long periods of time (eg, LANs)? We’re assuming that users cannot use this on their laps (as is the case with a lot of notebooks these days) but exactly how hot does the Xplorer X7-Xtreme get?
EV: The laptop does run pretty warm. That is why we offer notebook accessories such as notebook coolers to help dissipate the heat.
Thanks to CyberPower for taking the time to answer our questions.
Now that some of the major questions about CyberPower's Core i7 laptop have been answered, is anyone tempted to purchase one?