Andrew Gruen Editorial Intern August 10, 2006
The desktop- replacement category seems to have something in common with our waistlines: they're both getting larger all the time. Today's notebooks with 19-inch and 20-inch displays are just as expensive as and even heavier than some of the first portable computers. If you're willing to part with the cash and calories required to carry one, these machines make every feature imaginable semiportable, including HD-DVD/Blu-ray drives, TV tuners, and multiple hard drives on a RAID controller. These desktop replacements also come with top-of-the-line processors, tons of RAM, and workstation-class graphics. The Dell XPS M2010 is our current heavyweight champ, weighing in at 18.4 pounds. Its 20-inch display has a native resolution of 1,680x1,250, making it easy to see even when using the system's detachable wireless keyboard from the couch. The Acer Aspire 9800 is a 20-inch notebook that weighs 17.3 pounds without its actual brick-size power adapter. The 19-inch, wide-screen Alienware mALX is great for gamers, as it has a 19-inch display powered by two discrete video cards working in tandem via SLI technology. It weighs 15.2 pounds. The Eurocom M590K Emperor is another 19-inch SLI notebook that's a bit more portable at 14.7 pounds. Read more about the laptops below to find out which ones can give you good performance and a weightlifting workout.
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