Having more than one display is commonplace for PC workstations, but numerous screens have obviously been harder to apply on laptops. Not anymore, as laptop manufacturer Expanscape has recently launched the world’s first seven-screen mobile workstation, an out of this world piece of tech that unfolds into a portable powerhouse.
The London-based company has yet to put a price tag on its first of its kind device, but its official website mentions that the prototypes are already up for sale.
“Expanscape will be manufacturing and selling and leasing our prototypes even before they are finalized as we recognize there is an immediate demand for these items in the DevOps, SecOps, CyberSecurity and Day; Stock; Commodity Trader communities,” the company shared.
At this very moment, Expanscape’s seven-screen Aurora 7 machines don’t look like a commercial product. However, the company will build custom made laptops for anyone willing to sign a contract acknowledging that they are buying a prototype and pay what I assume is a lot of money for it. They sure are keeping themselves covered!
The Aurora 7 laptop comes with four 17.3-inch monitors (two in landscape mode, two in portrait) strong enough to run 4K resolution and three secondary 7-inch screens with 1920 x 1200 resolution. All seven screens fold out of the main body. It looks like a laptop transformer. The whole package gets a little on the weighty side as it weighs in on 12 kilograms, which may seem like a lot, but it is actually much convenient to move around than a laptop and six additional displays.
According to Expanscape, the Aurora is powered by an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSDs, one 2.5-inch MLC SSD, and a 2TB 7200RPM hard drive. There are better gaming set-ups out there, for sure, but gaming is not the forte of Aurora 7. At least not yet; the company claims that the spacious bod can accommodate all kinds of configurations and upgrades.
With seven well-sized monitors running at the same time, battery life is sure to be a major problem, right? But, Expanscape claims that the Aurora 7’s battery lasts for about two hours and 20 minutes, which is pretty awesome. It does need two batteries to achieve this kind of autonomy – an 82Whr battery for all the components inside the laptop and a separate 48Whr battery just for the screens.
Is the Expanscape Aurora 7 the most creative, or is it the most bonkers laptop ever made? Well, that would be ascertained with time alone, but we’ll have to see if it actually works and if the demand is high enough to make it viable.