Need more than a single laptop screen? This one has seven

midian182

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WTF?! We've seen laptops with two, even three screens before, but what if your profession requires access to a multitude of displays while on the move? You turn to Expanscape, which has developed the world's first seven-screen laptop.

You might remember Razer's Project Valerie that we first saw back at CES 2017. Based on the Razer Blade Pro, the laptop incorporates three 17.3-inch 4K G-Sync compatible monitors that automatically extend from the central display and angle themselves toward the user.

As spotted by Tom's Hardware, Expanscape's Aurora 7 Prototype more than doubles the number of screens found in Razer's laptop to seven. That includes four 17.3-inch displays—two in landscape, two in portrait—and three 7-inch 1920 x 1200 screens, all of which fold out from the device itself, meaning no fiddling with external connections.

Expanscape writes that the Aurora 7 is aimed at DevSecOps, Security Operations, Data Scientists, and Content Creators. It's no slouch when it comes to the internals, either: a Core i9-9900K CPU, 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory, GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, two PCIe 3.0 x 4 M.2 SSDs, one 2.5-inch MLC SSD, and a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive. It's even got an embedded programable Arduino microcontroller.

There's also an Aurora 7 M3, the third iteration of the laptop. It boosts the GPU to an RTX 2070 (that might go up to an RTX 2080) and can be specced with AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X, if preferred.

As you might imagine, the Aurora 7 requires quite a bit of power for all those screens. That comes from the two internal batteries squeezed into the chassis: the primary 82Wh battery is for the system, while the 148Wh secondary battery keeps the screens going. They still won't keep the laptop alive for very long—about 2 hours 20 minutes, or less at high clock speeds.

Expanscape says it will be selling the prototypes of its machines while they are being developed. No word on prices, but a seven-screen laptop isn't going to come cheap.

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neeyik

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Uncle Al

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AND at that size and weight, I'm not sure you can really call it a laptop unless you've got a few reinforced artificial legs but heck, I'd take one of this have a give-away! LOL
 

arrowflash

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I think it's amazingly cool. However if I happened to consider purchasing one, one thing I'd be concerned about would be durability, reliability and sturdiness of all the screens and the hinges / folding mechanism. Unless you use this machine as a desktop replacement that will only be moved around 4 or 5 times per year at most, my guess is that it won't last long in pristine condition and with all screens working.
 

VitalyT

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That's not enough! I am developing the 8th eye on my back just as I'm reading it.
 

Hardware Geek

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I think it's amazingly cool. However if I happened to consider purchasing one, one thing I'd be concerned about would be durability, reliability and sturdiness of all the screens and the hinges / folding mechanism. Unless you use this machine as a desktop replacement that will only be moved around 4 or 5 times per year at most, my guess is that it won't last long in pristine condition and with all screens working.
That would be my concern too. I think it's amazing and I'd love to have one, but durability is going to suck.
 

lipe123

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The Bugatti of laptops?

I mean I guess if you have a suitcase filled with money you just have to get rid of, this would be an excellent way to accomplish that goal.
 

nismo91

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Pretty cool I'd say. but I wonder why has nobody come up with a single 24" 4K screen laptop yet. much better experience and if executed properly it could only be about 55cm (21.5") wide and 32cm tall (12.5"). that's too big for a plane carry-on but not too big if you're only hauling laptop to and from work occasionally.

I mean you can technically order such chassis for your PS4 effectively turning your PS4 into "24" notebook" just without the battery.

https://www.polygon.com/ps4/2017/2/11/14585736/playstation-laptop-ps4-slim-pro-mods-video
 

Theinsanegamer

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82+148WH of battery is 230wh.

Can I please have that kind of capacity on a normal gaming laptop? It reminds me of when I had a dell e6440 that hada 90wh+100WH+30WH battery combo, that thing was GREAT for on the go, had a low end AMD GPU that could play some civ v or battlefront, the fact you could play for hours on end and do a full work day and sTILL have battery left over was just fantastic.

Imagine the kind of battery life you could get with a single 17.3" screen and a mobile 5900hs+3060 combo.
 

VEGGIM

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82+148WH of battery is 230wh.

Can I please have that kind of capacity on a normal gaming laptop? It reminds me of when I had a dell e6440 that hada 90wh+100WH+30WH battery combo, that thing was GREAT for on the go, had a low end AMD GPU that could play some civ v or battlefront, the fact you could play for hours on end and do a full work day and sTILL have battery left over was just fantastic.

Imagine the kind of battery life you could get with a single 17.3" screen and a mobile 5900hs+3060 combo.
Because of plane laws. Most only allow to 99.9whr so that's the max it can go. There's also spacing. The battery has to fit
 

negroplasty

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Shame that second battery is too large to carry on, it would be funny to see someone bust this out in the middle seat on an airplane lol