The World's Most Luxurious Laptops

Every product category targets various budgets, and this applies to laptops as much-if not more-as any other gadget. However, when it comes to the high-end segment, it’s very easy to cross the line, wherein a product falls into the premium category, and its cost is no longer a concern. As part of our Luxury week at Tech2, we’ve picked a handful of ultra-high-end laptops that were born to be drooled over. If you think that a laptop that costs Rs 1,00,000 is expensive, read on for some surprises.

Alienware M17X
Price: US$6,747.99 (Approx. Rs 3,11,150)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920XM 2 GHz
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Graphics: Crossfire 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870
  • Screen: 17-inch WideUXGA 1920x1200 RGB LED
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB Raid 0 (2 x 256 GB Samsung SSDs)
  • Optical Drive: Dual layer Blu-ray writer
  • Warranty and service: 4 Year Premium Service Plan (In-Home service After Remote Diagnosis)
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010
  • McAfee Security Center - 3 Years
  • Dell Online Backup 100 GB - 1 Year
  • Color option - Nebula Red Special Edition Anodized Aluminum
  • Alienware Orion Laptop Backpack

When speaking of gaming PCs and laptops, Alienware is the first name that comes to mind. It’s nice to see that gaming is no longer a luxury, considering the affordable laptops that the company comes up with. This is what happens when these affordable machines are spruced up to be turned into monstrous power houses. The price shoots through the roof, again making it a luxury product. In the case of the Alienware M17X, the Core i5-520 variant costs about US$ 1,799, but we maxed out to the highest configuration to see how much the full-fledged version costs. This price may exceed even further if you opt for some value added services and some Alienware recommended accessories.

The Alienware M11X, which is a lighter and much smaller gaming laptop, also costs a fortune if you max out the hardware configuration. While the starting price of the unit, with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU is about US$799, the Intel Core i7-640UM variant with high-end specs can go over US$3,500.
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Dell Precision M6500
Price: US$5,463 (Approx. Rs 2,51,898)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-940XM Extreme Edition, 2.13GHz
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Warranty and service: 4 Year Pro support for end users
  • Graphics: 1 GB Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Antivirus: Trend Micro Internet Security - 3 Years
  • Hard drive: 500 GB 7200 rpm
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray Burner

This machine is top-of-the line in the true sense. It's a power house with the meanest hardware known to laptops, on the CPU front and graphics too. Although this machine is bulky and heavy, if someone needs a powerful laptop that is capable of trouncing (in performance) even a desktop PC, this is the one. Looking at its lofty price, it is clear that it targets power users who don't mind paying the moolah for a laptop which is as powerful as a mainstream desktop PC.

HP Envy 17 Series
Price: US$3,217.98 (Approx. Rs 1,48,381)

  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Intel Core i7 840QM, 1.86
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 800GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (160GB SSD + 640GB 7200RPM)
  • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5850
  • Screen: 17.3-inch Full HD HP Ultra BrightView Infinity LED Display (1920x1080)
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray ROM
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2010
  • Norton Internet Security 2010 - 2 Years

The base price of this laptop is about US$1,400, which isn't a very far fetched amount, and there are many laptops in this price range in India. However, its maxed out variant can turn out to be quite expensive.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W701DS
Price: US$6,128 (Approx. Rs 2,82,562)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-920XM Processor Extreme Edition, 2 GHz
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional
  • Screen: 17-inch WUXGA RGB-LED- Backlit + 10-inch LED-BL
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR3
  • Graphics: Nvidia Quadro FX 3800 1 GB
  • Hard drive: 500 GB 7200 rpm

This dual-screen mobile workstation starts at US$3,299, and the one with the highest configuration can go over $6,000. Also, this is not the highest price yet, if you opt for a secondary hard drive and SSDs, the cost of the machine shoots up even further. Now that's some serious moolah for some serious work on the go. Until now we saw laptops which are luxurious in terms of their functionality and hardware. Let’s take a look at a laptop that is luxurious in the true sense of the word.

Limited Edition 24Kt Gold & Diamonds Macbook Pro Collection
Price: Starts at US$29,000 (Approx. Rs 13,37,190)

Each year this US-based company, Computer Choppers, customizes nine MacBook Pro laptops in all, which include the three variants 13-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch. The latest one is the Black Chrome 13-inch and then, there's a Limited Edition 24kt Gold and Diamonds and a Candy Red Anodized MacBook Pro 17-inch. It doesn't end here, the company even sells customized game consoles like the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Apple iPad and iPhone. Click here to visit the company website.

When customizing the MacBook Pro laptops, Computer Choppers selects the highest hardware configuration, and the accessories and software is chosen by the clients.


Published Date: Aug 04, 2010 07:55 am | Updated Date: Aug 04, 2010 07:55 am