The world's most extreme laptops

Some laptops will give you a hernia, while others will fit in a coat pocket. Some cost a day's pay--others, half a year's. Here are the outliers of the notebook world.

The Longest-Lasting Battery

Name: Lenovo ThinkPad X200

Price: $999 (sale price as of 9/20/09)

Availability: Now

Extreme spec: 8-hour, 54-minute battery life

Reasons to love it: If you looked only at manufacturers’ claims about battery life, this title would have to go to Dell's Latitude E6400 with its stated maximum battery life of 19 hours. Unfortunately, what manufacturers claim and what you see in real life aren’t always equal.

So for now, I’ll just go with the longest-lasting laptop that the PC World Labs has actually tested: Lenovo's ThinkPad X200, which at 8 hours, 54 minutes is our current marathon champion among laptops. (We hope to test the E6400 soon.)

Other specs to love in the X200 include its 12.1-inch 1280-by-800 LCD screen, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile processor, maximum 4GB RAM, fingerprint reader, Intel X4500 graphics, and 160GB hard drive. With incredible battery life, a full-size keyboard, and a sub-3-pound weight, the X200 is a great ultraportable choice.

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