Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Best Power Laptops

These robust machines are powerful enough to make you want to ditch your desktop for good. Here are five that land at the top of our list.

HP Pavilion dv7t Laptop

HP's powerhouse laptop sails through performance tests and whips the current competition. If speed is what matters to you, the Pavilion dv7t has it in spades. Beyond the 17-inch screen and under the cool "liquid metal" exterior lies Intel's new Centrino 2 processor. The result: high-octane performance in an extremely shiny package. The dv7t, with its 2.53-GHz Core 2 Duo T9400 processor and 3GB of RAM, turned in a blazing score of 98 in our WorldBench 6 tests. Interestingly, MicroExpress's identically stacked all-purpose machine, the JFL9226, earned a mark of 103. The dv7t is a handsome, fast unit. For our review it was nicely configured with a 400GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, and Windows Vista Home Premium. And if you're looking to replace a desktop, it's a better candidate than most other big notebooks because of its proprietary left-side connection for HP's xb3000 expansion base. Though the base is an expensive add-on, it incorporates a screen stand, a third hard-drive bay, far better speakers, and a wireless keyboard and mouse for a complete desktop experience.


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