Clevo's X8100 loaded gaming laptop packs mobile Core i7, Nvidia GTX 285M graphics

Summary:If you're not a notebook fanatic, you may not be aware of the Clevo brand, though you may be familiar with its laptops if you purchase a system from Sager or Prostar (which merely rebrand Clevo machines). You'll have to go the boutique vendor (like AVADirect, Malibal, XoticPC) to get hold of a Clevo au naturel, but if you're a hardcore gamer, you might want to track down the just released X8100.

If you're not a notebook fanatic, you may not be aware of the Clevo brand, though you may be familiar with its laptops if you purchase a system from Sager or Prostar (which merely rebrand Clevo machines). You'll have to go the boutique vendor (like AVADirect, Malibal, XoticPC) to get hold of a Clevo au naturel, but if you're a hardcore gamer, you might want to track down the just released X8100.

Clearly throwing down against Alienware's finest, this "portable" monstrosity is available with a choice of Intel's new Core i7 mobile processors, including the i7-920XM "extreme" version, and comes equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M graphics—or a pair in SLI configuration if you have even more money to spend. It also comes with a mammoth 18.4-inch LED-backlit display (1,920x1,080 resolution), eight programmable gaming keys, and support for three hard drives.

If you're asking, "How much does this weigh?" or "How much does this cost?", then this isn't the system for you. But since you've asked, it weights in at a hefty, hefty, hefty 12.5 pounds with battery, and costs more than $2,000 for the base configuration—and much more if you're going with the extreme CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, additional hard drives or SSD drives, Blu-ray drive, and so forth. You'll also want to have your health insurance premiums paid up for the hernia surgery you might need after lugging this thing around.

Topics: Laptops, CXO, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Health, IT Employment, Legal, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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