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BFG fleshes out monster 18.4in Deimos notebook

by Parm Mann on 13 October 2009, 10:02

Tags: Deimos, BFG Technologies

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Following a foray into complete computer systems with its Phobos desktop early in 2009, budding astronomers (or indeed Greek mythologists) may have guessed that Deimos would follow shortly after.

Turns out we had to wait some ten months, but without further ado, BFG has today taken the wraps off Deimos - an ultra high-end 18.4in notebook.

Inside the optimistically-mobile system (which looks suspiciously like a Clevo shell), there's enough power to put your average desktop to shame. BFG has equipped Deimos with a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad or Core 2 Extreme processors, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 1.5TB of storage (via three 2.5in drives in RAID configuration) and there's room for a pair of SLI'd NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs.

All that comes together to power a sumptuous full-HD (1,920x1,080) 18.4in LCD display.

You can add Wireless, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet to the spec sheet, as well as HDMI out, DVI out, S/PDIF, four USB ports, eSATA, FireWire, a seven-in-one card reader, a two megapixel webcam, and a fingerprint scanner. Not to mention a five-speaker audio system and a built-in subwoofer.

Not a bad little run around, we reckon, and U.S. pricing starts at $2,299 for the "entry-level" model. BFG's complete specifications can be found below.

  Deimos X10 – Performance Deimos X10 – Advanced Deimos X10 – Elite
Priced from
Display 18.4in Full 16:9 HD (1920x1080) TFT LCD
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 2.00GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 2.53GHz
GPU Dual NVIDIA GeForce 260M 1GB (SLI) Dual NVIDIA GeForce 280M 1GB (SLI) Dual NVIDIA GeForce 280M 1GB (SLI)
Memory 4GB PC3 10600
(1333MHz) DDR3
8GB PC3 8500
(1066MHz) DDR3
8GB PC3 8500
(1066MHz) DDR3
HDD Two 320GB HDD in RAID 0 (640GB) Two 500GB HDD in RAID 0 (1TB) Two 320GB HDD in RAID 0 (640GB)
Sound System
  • High Definition audio interface
  • 3D stereo enhanced sound system
  • S/P DIF digital output
  • Built-in microphone
  • Built-in five speakers
  • Built-in sub-woofer
  • Dolby surround supported
I/O Port
  • 4x USB 2.0 port
  • 1x eSATA port 
  • 1x IEEE 1394a port
  • 1x DVI-I output port (with CRT)
  • 1x HDMI output (with HDCP)
  • 1x headphone jack (external 5.1CH audio supported)
  • 1x microphone jack (external 5.1CH audio supported)
  • 1x S/P DIF output jack
  • 1x RJ-45 jack
  • 1x DC-in jack
  • 1x Line-in jack  (external 5.1CH audio supported)
  • 1x CIR for TV remote controller
  • 1x CATV input jack function for TV Tuner
Card Reader 7-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000MB Base-TX Ethernet LAN
  • Realtek RTL-WLAN 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR module
  • 2.0M pixels Video Camera
  • Kensington  Lock
  • Fingerprint security
OS Microsoft Windows  7    

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I know basically nothing about desktop replacement laptops, but it strikes me that someone wanting a portable powerhouse, regardless of cost, is likely to wait for mobile i7 cpus. Have I missed something here?
More fundamentally, BFG are using names of the moons of Mars, as seen in the Doom series. No mention of battery size/life then (or lack thereof)?
More fundamentally, BFG are using names of the moons of Mars, as seen in the Doom series. No mention of battery size/life then (or lack thereof)?

You don't buy one of these and expect to be able to use away from a wall!!

The battery is at best a portable UPS to allow you to change plugs when you move seats…
I can't help thinking that branding the Deimos a ‘notebook’ is ambitious.

It's more of a Workstaion with Integrated Interfaces…
…no wait, hold on. :confused:
Time to work those lung and belly muscle when using this monster on the sofa. And possibly increasingly frequent trips to the loo. :surrender: