The trend may be toward thinner, lighter laptops and tablet PCs, but don't tell that to Maingear. The boutique PC builder is going bigger and brawnier with its new Titan desktop-replacement notebook, which packs a 17.3-inch display and tips the scale at a beefy 12 pounds.
You'll need the Titan's ample dimensions for the parts Maingear is stuffing in it. You can opt for Intel's fastest desktop processor, the Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, up to a pair of Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards (in SLI configuration), and up to three hard drives or solid-state drives. There's even room for a pair of optical drives. The large screen is LED-backlit and features full 1080p resolution (1,920x1,080).
The Titan also appears to be the first laptop to use Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N 1102 internal Wi-Fi adapter, which Maingear claims provides five times the wireless performance of the competition. About the only thing this behemoth lacks is a Thunderbolt input, though it does come with two USB 3.0 ports, eSATA port, HDMI port, and even a FireWire port.
Pricing will start at an equally mammoth $2,799. That price will get you a Core i7-950 processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and two GeForce GTX 460M graphics cards. Upgrading to the i7-990X and a pair of GeForce GTX 485Ms will add to another $2,000 to your total. In other words, you'll need a titanic wallet for this Titan.