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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 20, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Invasion of the monster laptops

If you’re intrigued by The Dragon, the giant HP laptop that I wrote about in today’s column, you may want to check out a few other options in the ultralarge notebook category.

Dell’s XPS M2010 “has been a very successful product” over the last two years, according to a Dell employee who e-mailed me this morning. Just like HP’s newcomer, Dell’s has a 20.1-inch display, dual-core processor, dual hard-drives and a starting price of $2,999.

The first time I saw a 2010 was in Microsoft’s “Flight Simulator” game studio. I couldn’t believe it was a portable — it has an even more unusual design, with a Bluetooth keyboard that slides out when the machine is open.

But seeing the 2010 started me wondering if anyone would buy these things. If HP’s chasing Dell in the category, there must be a decent market. At the least, HP’s entry might lead to some price competition and push these things under $3,000.

Niche PC makers also make some big laptops, although the lines are blurry because Dell and HP bought two of these companies.

Alienware (which is owned by Dell) sells the Aurora mALX with a 19-in. screen, Intel dual-core processors and dual drives. Prices start at $3,999.

Voodoo, the game machine maker that HP acquired, sells the Envy H:201, with a 20” screen and AMD Turion processors. Prices start at $4,949.06. I’m not sure what you get for that extra 6 cents.

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