The 5 Best Laptops On The Market Today – If You Have LOADS Of Money

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best rated laptopsBuying a laptop is a difficult decision. Most of us have to walk a tight-rope, balancing what we want (power, style, portability and more) with what we can afford.

But what if money wasn’t an obstacle? What would you buy then? You’d probably consider laptops that never even popped on your radar before – like the five listed here.

Sony Vaio Z

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The Sony Vaio Z has always been the company’s super-high-end ultraportable. It’s basically a “halo product” that shows what Sony’s engineers are capable of when they’re given a large budget to work with.

At first glance, the hardware specs don’t seem that impressive. The Sony Vaio Z comes standard with a Core i5-2410M processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. All of that can be had for a fraction of the price. What makes the Z expensive is the fact all of this has been crammed into a chassis .66 inches thick that weighs just 2.57 pounds. And Sony did this before Intel started making a big deal about ultrabooks.

Pricing starts at $1,999, but if that isn’t expensive enough for you, Sony offers the Signature Collection. These usually offer unique styling and always offer insane hardware. One model, priced at $4,499, upgrades the Z to a 1080p display, a Core i7 dual core processor and a 512GB solid state drive.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T420s

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You don’t hear much coming from Lenovo about the ThinkPad T series these days. The company has been working on a lot of other new models which have taken the limelight away from this stalwart of the company’s lineup.

That’s a shame, because there’s still good laptops in the T series – and some expensive ones. The T420s, which is a thin-and-light version of the standard T420, starts at $1,149. For that you receive a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB mechanical hard drive.

But if you can spend as much as you’d like, that’s not the one you want. No, you want the T420s with the solid state drive, the Core i7 dual core processor and an optional extended life battery that can fit into the slot normally occupied by the removable optical drive. Configured like this you’re looking at a lofty $1,959 price tag – and it’s worth every penny.

Alienware M18X

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When it comes to customized gaming laptops, it’s hard to beat Alienware. And when it comes to Alienware, it’s hard to beat the M18x. This is the company’s fastest, biggest and most expensive laptop.

In base guise, it’s only $1,999. You’ll want the fully upgraded model, however, that starts at $3,299 and includes dual graphics. But why stop there?

Load the M18x with an Intel Extreme Edition quad-core processor. Upgrade the dual video cards to a pair of Nvidia GTX 580Ms. Improve the solid state drive to a 512GB monster. Now you’re looking at one of the most powerful laptops ever sold, along with a price tag of $4,974.

If you’d like to tip the system over $5,000, just for kicks, pick the dual layer Blu-Ray drive.

Panasonic Toughbook C1

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What? Panasonic makes laptops?

Yes, they do. But you won’t usually see them in stores because they’re not built for the average consumer. Panasonic calls its laptops Toughbooks, and they’re specifically geared for users who need a laptop that can survive extreme environments.

The C1 is the company’s most accessible model, and one of the few a consumer could potentially find a use for. It’s a 12.1” convertible tablet weighs 3.28 pounds. Most models are powered by Core i5 processors and an optional solid state drive.

Specifications aren’t what this laptop is about, however. It’s about features like hot-swappable twin battery design. It’s about resistance to falls up to 30 feet. It’s about the weird but effective ergonomic strap that can be attached to the bottom, making the laptop easier to hold with one hand.

Price? It can vary a bit because Panasonic does not sell laptops directly but instead relies on third-party resellers. Typically you’ll have to pay $2,500 for a base model and over $3,000 for one with all the goodies.

Dell Precision M6600

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Deciding which mobile workstation would make this list was a tough call. They’re all expensive, they’re all nice, and they’re all way more than your average person would ever need.

Ultimately, I decided on the M6600. Why? Three hard drives. If you have money to burn you can buy a Dell Precision M6600 with 1.5 terabytes of solid state storage. That will set you back $3,670 for the drives alone.

The other options are nothing to laugh at. Dell’s UltraSharp 1080p mobile displays are available, and they’re beautiful. You can also pick Nvidia Quadro 5010M graphics and quad-core Intel Extreme Edition processors. It’s not hard to price a M6600 over ten grand if you want all the goodies.

Conclusion

This list isn’t about expense just for the sake of it. It is about dream machines – computers that are absurdly powerful, rugged, beautiful or all three, but also priced well outside the average person’s budget. If you have a suggestion that you think would fit this list, let us know in the comments.

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Comments (26)
  • Smayonak

    Why not the Asus G74/G73? On the high end models, they’re more or less equal to the best of these, but has the added advantage of running cooler temps and being overall cheaper.

    In the Toughbook category, the CF-31 is king. Aside from its obvious advantage of being super rugged – it’s also completely solid state. No moving parts whatsoever. Core i5 and it’s passively cooled! Unfortunately, it’s also $3,500. But, hey, you said price isn’t an object, right?
    Great article, by the way.

    • paul

      Some idiot said Asus is “not expensive enough.” What a ridiculous thing to say. Anyone know WHY the Asus is less expensive?

    • Matt Smith

      ASUS is less expensive because they are a mass manufacturer. They do not allow customization but instead only build certain pre-configured models, which keeps costs down.

      They also do not build products competitive with super-high-end gaming laptops from Alienware, Origin, Maingear and others. They are not in that market.

      The ASUS G-Series products are very good gaming laptops but they are also the budget option. Why would I include the budget option in a post about some of the most expensive and extravagant laptops on the market? That would be silly.

    • Paul

      I don’t know. I’m not saying you should have included Asus, I’m saying “not expensive enough” is a ridiculous reason not to have included it. Now that you’ve clarified, others will be more likely to understand the real reasons.

  • Eempire

    I have the Sony.

  • davidosomething

    The vaio z is only nice specwise. In person, you’ll notice the crappy shallow keyboard and flimsy screen (tap it and it shakes like jello, compare to macbook air’s thin, solid screen)

    • M.S. Smith

      The Z does have some build quality issues. But it also offers powerful hardware in a thin package that no one else matches. It’s not a 10/10 but more of a 8/10 .

  • Bakari Chavanu

    No MacBook Air on the list?

  • Chris Hoffman

    Surprisingly affordable choices! I was expecting them to be gold-plated and diamond-encrusted.

    • M.S. Smith

      I was considering going that route, but everything I found about  super-high-end luxury laptops was just a bit silly. There are some diamond encrusted, gold-plated laptops out there, though.

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