True desktop replacement
There are desktop replacement laptops, and then there’s Eurocom’s Sky X9, a laptop with true desktop parts inside, including a socketed Intel Core i7-6700K processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU.
Building high-end machines that blur the lines between desktops and laptops is something Eurocom’s been doing for several decades now.
“In 1989 we created the first desktop replacement notebook, in 2015 we have now created the first ‘desktop laptop’ system with socket based desktop Intel processor support and slot based MXM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics support to go along with 64GB of DDR4 memory.” said Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.
The Sky X9 is a 17.3-inch laptop with either a Full HD 1080p (1920×1080) or 4K (3840×2160) display.
In addition to the unlocked Skylake processor and GTX 980 GPU, the Sky X9 rocks up to four storage drives (2 x HDD/SSD + 2 x M.2 PCI-E x4), up to 64GB of RAM, two GbE LAN ports, 6-in-1 memory card reader, backlit keyboard, Sound Blaster X-Fi external 7.1 channel audio output, a pair of built-inn Onkyo speakers + subwoofer, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, and various other odds and ends.
All that hardware comes at a cost, both in terms of dollars and physical dimensions. With regards to the latter, the Sky X9 measures 428 x 308 x 45 millimeters (WxDxH) and weighs 4.8kg, or 16.85 x 12.13 x 1.77 inches and 10.58 pounds. In other words, it’s portable only in the sense that it’s not tied to a wall socket.
As for price, the Sky X9 starts at $2,631 when configured with a Full HD panel, and $3,266 when bumping up to a 4K display. For an additional $66, you can add G-Sync support, though only to the Full HD panel.
You can configure and purchase the Sky X9 here.
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