Eurocom Panther 4.0

20 Mar, 2013 By: Art Liddle

First Look Review: This mobile workstation delivers a brilliant display, good memory and storage capacity, and terrific speed — but shouldn’t stray far from an outlet.

We last reviewed a Eurocom mobile workstation two years ago. Here, we review the Panther 4.0, which proved to be a substantial upgrade to the Panther 2.0 in every respect.

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System Features

Eurocom's Panther 4.0 is one of several models Eurocom offers in its line of professional mobile workstations. Each is fully customizable with a large selection of options designed to meet a variety of needs. The Panther 4.0 used for this review was built around the Intel X79 Express chipset and configured with an Intel Xeon E5-2687W eight-core (16 threads) CPU, which runs at 3.1 GHz and includes a massive 20-MB cache. Turbo mode, available when running a single core, bumps the clock speed of this power-hungry chip (150 W) to a maximum of 3.8 GHz.

Eurocom's Panther 4.0 system offers workstation power and expandability in a portable package.
Eurocom's Panther 4.0 system offers workstation power and expandability in a portable package.

The 17.3" matte-finish, LED-backlit panel produces a beautiful and bright image at its native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 with 32-bit color. It boasts a 120-Hz refresh rate (double that of standard panels) and includes Spyder 3 display calibration technology for color matching. Eurocom chose the very latest mobile graphics card option from NVIDIA to drive the display: The Kepler-based (28-nm core) Quadro K5000M includes 4 GB of GDDR5 dedicated memory and supports a maximum resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 with an external digital monitor or projector plugged into the DisplayPort.

The review unit was loaded with a whopping 32 GB of DDR3-1600 system memory, filling all four of its SODIMM sockets. A single Micron Crucial 512-GB solid-state drive (SATA; 6 Gb/s) provided hard drive storage. The Panther 4.0 supports up to four drives, pushing the maximum file storage capability to an incredible 4 TB without an optical drive, and a still very impressive 3 TB with an optical drive. Our review system included an 8X DVD+/-RW (dual-layer) burner. With multiple hard drives installed, you can enable RAID 0/1/5/10.

The Panther 4.0 is not diminutive in any way: It measures 16.8" x 11.4" x 2.5" and weighs a little more than 12 lbs. It includes an illuminated full-size keyboard with number pad and a multigesture touchpad with two buttons and an integrated fingerprint reader for controlling access to your system and managing passwords. We tried it and, after a little practice, found it to be a quick way to log on. The Panther 4.0 includes a pair of built-in Onkyo speakers with a subwoofer, plus an integrated sound card. The built-in webcam supports video with a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 30 fps. 

Eurocom Panther 4.0The Panther 4.0 has a wide range of connectivity options, including a DisplayPort, a DVI-I (SL) port, an HDMI connector, three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, a FireWire-800 port, microphone and headphone jacks, and standard network connector, as well as support for wireless LAN (802.11a/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1.


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