Eurocom puts a 1.5 T drive into ultraportable Monster
- By John Breeden II
- Sep 12, 2013
Most people who travel with a laptop know that compromises need to be made for portability. Laptops generally have lower performance than desktops across the board. Whenever manufacturers try to give a laptop desktop performance, they also give it so much size and weight that it stops being portable and starts to become more like a luggable unit.
But Eurocom thinks that there are users out there who are most concerned with another limitation in the laptop market: the size of storage capacity. Government users who need to work with a lot of files, or who need to retain files due to records-keeping laws, may feel constrained with just the standard 200G or 250G hard drive found in most laptops.
Eurocom is trying to break that barrier with the addition of the new 1.5T SATA 6 drive from Travelstar, which is now shipping inside all of its ultraportable Monster laptops.
“The Monster is a small form-factor ultraportable notebook capable of running multiple virtual machines and multiple operating systems with up to 16G memory and 1.5 T storage while weighing under 4 pounds and having a battery that lasts over 400 minutes,” said Mark Bialic, Eurocom president.
The drive is a 2.5-inch model rotating at 5400 rpm and can transfer files at up to 600 megabits/sec. The Travelstar 5K1500 drives also ship with a 32 M cache buffer and a 0.5 watt low-power idle, which offers energy efficient operation for longer battery life. It's also rugged, able to protect against drops and bumps.
At the core of the Monster 1.0 laptop, users have an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M for graphical display, with 2G of video memory, 384 cores and the graphics clock running at 850 MHz.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.