Top 10 desktop replacement laptops

These powerhouses are on the heavy side but have large screens (16 inches or higher) that make them ideal replacements for desktop PCs

Starting around $1,500 and typically costing thousands more, the systems reviewed here stretch the term "laptop" to the limit. They're big and bulky, sometimes weighing 10 pounds or more, and three hours of battery life is about all you can expect. But with their fast dual-core and quad-core processors, discrete graphics, gobs of RAM, and big beautiful screens, these are the luxury sports sedans of mobile computing. They have plenty of horsepower for gaming and often deliver the goods for home theater as well. Throw in their full complement of ports (USB, eSATA, FireWire, HDMI, DisplayPort, the works), and they can take the place of your desktop system and also tag along on trips -- such as journeys to the couch.

Acer Aspire 8930

Acer Aspire 8940G-6865

Alienware M17x

Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.8GHz

ASUS W90

Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds

MSI GT 725

Sony VAIO AW230JH

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708

Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q850

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