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World's Best Laptops (part 2)

By Debjit on November 27th, 2010 

This post is in the 2nd in the series " World's best Laptops ". You may like to read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4.

Alienware Area-51 m17x / m17:

Alienwares doesn't need intoductions. So lets get straight to the specifications of Alienware's current best offering.

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Alienware Area-51® m17x ( Pic courtesy : Alienware Corporation )

* 2.8GHz Intel® Core 2 Extreme with 6MB cache and 800 Mhz FSB.
* 8GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM and 1GB Intel Turbo Cache memory.
* Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GT with 512MB of VRAM each in SLI mode / NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M with 512MB VRAM.
* 1TB HDD internal storage (2 x 500GB @ 7200 rpm in RAID 0 configuration) plus additional 500GB (5400 rpm) / 'hot-swappable' HDD external storage (termed as 'Smart Bay')
* 17" Widescreen UXGA @ 1900 x 1200 (1200p) for extreme High Def Video and Intel High Def Audio with surround sound.

*2x Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc Burner (BD-R, DVD±RW, CD-RW)

Alienware also sells m17 which basically is the smaller sibling of m17x and has more or less the same configuration

Alienware m17 ( Pic courtesy : Alienware Corporation )

except for the GPU solution, which in this case is procured from 'red' camp instead of 'green' one. Its graphics processing power is supplied by dual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 running with CrossFireX™ . And this one also gives you a choice of faster proccessors like Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB) / Intel® Core™2 Extreme X9100 3.06GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)to choose from. However maximum amount of RAM on offer is 4GB of Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz instead of 8GB, but as you can see, it is faster (1066 Mhz compared to 667 Mhz). m17 also misses out Blu-Ray burner drive Intel Turbo cache memory and support for the swappable 'Smart Bay' HDD.

It also features an illuminated Keyboard which looks downright sexy when it glows( they call it : AlienFX® ). These stunning looking laptops does deserve a second glance. Well you have to shell out some $4700+ for m17 and $5100+ for Area-51® m17x with the above configurations, but for that price you get a great product and trustworthy after-sales service (you can't go wrong with DELL).

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 :


Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 ( Pic Courtesy : TOSHIBA )

Qosmio is Toshiba's premium offering for avid-gamers who are not ready to settle for anything but the best. "An extraordinary family of laptops with a―well, far-from-ordinary name. Pronounced “KOZ-me-o,” these amazing machines are designed to be an exciting epicenter for all the entertainment you love, from non-stop gaming action to feature films, home movies, photos, and your favorite songs. Brace yourself. When it comes to fun our new Qosmio® notebooks are way off the Richter scale"--thats what TOSHIBA has to say regarding their flagship product. Its configuration is as follows....

* Intel Core™ 2 Extreme QX9300 2.53GHz 1066MHz
* 4GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM
* Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GTS graphics with NVIDIA® SLI® Technology

* 320GB HDD 7200rpm primary HDD and 128GB Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) Secondary Hard Drive Size
* 17.0" widescreen WSXGA+ with TruBrite® Technology 1680x1050 with 4 harman/kardon® stereo speakers with subwoofer, S/P DIF output port
* DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash™

Priced at $4199.99, it comes with a 1 year warranty and 'TOSHIBA' brand name.

Velocity Micro NoteMagix Raptor MD70

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Velocity Micro Raptor MD70 (Pic courtesy : Velocity Micro Inc. )

Velocity Micro is US giant specialized in building custom high-end computers and is a direct competitor of DELL and HP. The Raptor MD70 is their top of the line desktop replacement with the features of a desktop and the mobility of a notebook. The result - an ultra performance, impeccably crafted system customized to your unique specifications. Velocity Micro says : "Each NoteMagix™ Raptor MD70 undergoes our rigorous assembly procedures, ensuring the highest quality production in the industry". So one can expect nothing but the best. The Raptor MD70 hides the following main components under its hood....

* Intel core 2 extreme 2.53Ghz mobile processor QX9300 1066Mhz FSB 12MB L2 Cache / intel Core 2 Extreme X9100 3.06Ghz 1066Mhz FSB 6MB L2 Cache.
* 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz SDRAM
* 2 x ATI Radeon HD3870 with 512MB DDR3 VRAM in CrossFire mode
* 2 x 120GB SSD / 2 x 320GB 5400rpm HDD / 500GB Hitachi TravelStar 7200rpm SATA HDD
* 17" WUXGA (1920x1200) Active Matrix TFT Display with on-board Integrated surround sound and integrated stereo speakers
* SuperMulti DVD-RW drive

Asking price starts at $2200 and goes up to $4800+ depending upon the width of smile you want to put across your face.

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World's Best Laptops (part 2) was originally published on on February 14, 2009 - 1:40 pm (Indian Standard Time)