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The outsized, the hefty and the completely ridiculous
The enormity of the situation
Engineers, for a long time now, have been focused on making the smallest products possible -- the MacBook Airs and Raspberry Pis of the world are the ones that get the headlines. Nevertheless, in honor of Samsung's bucking the trend with the release of two outsized Galaxy Mega smartphones, here's a look at some heavyweights of the technology world.
Cisco CRS-3 multishelf router
Cisco says its CRS-3 carrier router can handle 322 Tbps of throughput -- enough to download the entire Library of Congress in about one second. It weighs 1,630 pounds when fully loaded.
DE-CIX Internet exchange point
DE-CIX's operators say that the Internet exchange point -- which is spread across several facilities in Frankfurt -- is the largest of its kind on Earth, handling up to 2.5TBps of traffic at peak levels.
The biggest computer ever created, according to ExtremeTech, the $67 billion-dollar system was built to coordinate U.S. missile defenses during the Cold War. It lived in 20 separate, 7,500-square-foot direction centers and weighed a total of 250 tons. (H/T: ExtremeTech)
Fujitsu-Siemens' giant, scary laptop
According to website Factspod, this enormous laptop was presented at CEBIT by Fujitsu-Siemens -- though it's unclear when, exactly, it happened, given the fact that the two companies split in 2009. (Also, there's an advertisement for Windows Vista right next to it.)
This one -- which was actually a real product, designed for serious gaming and multimedia -- weighs in at nearly 10 pounds, and measures more than 20 inches along its longest edge. (It also cost more than $2,500 at release, according to PC Magazine.)
Of course, to really get a look at the most insane laptops, you have to go back in time quite a ways. Generally considered the first true portable computer, the 1981 Osborne 1 was a 24-pound behemoth that cost about $1,800 and ran the now-defunct CP/M operating system.
The world's first smartphone, too, was a whopper -- IBM's Simon weighed 18 ounces and looked a bit more like a World War II-era field radio than the forerunner of the iPhone.
Brando "BIG" Mouse
This is not a poorly named device. That's an iPhone on the right, for comparison. Cripes.
Enormous keyboard sculpture
OK, so this isn't an actual keyboard, but you've gotta admit, the Yekaterinburg sculpture created in 2005 by Russian artist Anatoly Vyatkin is pretty impressive.
Charlotte Motor Speedway's ridiculously huge screen
The biggest HD display in the world resides at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's 200 feet wide, 80 feet tall, and weighs more than 650,000 pounds, according to ESPN. Funnily enough, though, it's not full HD -- the resolution is 2000 by 784 pixels.
16 November 2023