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.

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The Biggest Traditional Hard Drive

Name: [[xref:|Alienware M17X|Alienware M17X]] (European model)

Price: about $3272 and up

Availability: Now, in Europe

Extreme spec: Two 500GB drives

Reasons to love it: Though Western Digital's Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive is available, so far it hasn't surfaced in a machine that you can buy off store shelves. Until then, a pair of two 500GB hard drives remains the biggest storage option you can get in a retail laptop.

The Alienware M17X has a lot more than storage to love. You get a killer gaming experience on its 17-inch LCD, courtesy of a maximum 2GB of dedicated video memory. In addition, the M17X sports a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile processor, an nVidia GeForce GTX 260 graphics card, an eight-in-one card reader, up to 8GB of RAM, and a battery with an average life of just over 3 hours. Optional features include a TV tuner and a Blu-ray drive.

When PC World put this desktop replacement through its paces, Senior Writer Darren Gladstone said that the M17X had "blistering gamer-approved performance" thanks to its high-resolution display and amazing graphics capability. The downside is that the 1TB storage option is available only in the [[xref:|Alienware M17X European model|Dell Alienware M17X - 1TB (7200 RPM) Free Fall Sensor Raid 0 "Stripe" Dual HDD - (2x500GB) (n00w1701)]]. Unless you plan to travel across the pond, you'll have to make do with a maximum 640GB of space in the form of a 5400-rpm traditional hard drive, or 512GB of storage from two 256GB solid-state drives.

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