Usually when we speak of top models of laptops in one category or price bracket, there ought to be a comparison between those models. However, the laptops mentioned in this list are quite different from each other, yet belong to one category, and that is, high-end laptops. In any case, each one of these is meant for different users and we’ve chosen them for different reasons. As you read the following paragraphs, you will notice that despite similar hardware, each of these laptops is priced differently. If one is superb at performance, the other has excellent features and the third offers good value for money.

Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch

  • Weight: 2.99 Kg
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 540M, 2.530 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3
  • Hard disk: 500 GB
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT330M + Intel HD
  • Screen size: 17-inch (1920 x 1200)
  • Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth.
  • Price: 1,36,900

In addition to the style quotient, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro is a good performer and an ideal pick for professionals like photographers and designers alike. The large screen, slim design, sturdy build, fantastic aesthetic appeal and superb usability, are the things that best describe this desktop replacement. Speaking of which, at a lofty 3kg, its best suited to enhance your lifestyle office desk or you could even use it as an entertainment laptop at home. All-in-all, it’s a good pick amidst the high-end laptop segment.
Forte: Style, slim design/portability and performance.

Dell Studio XPS 1645

  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-720QM, 1.6GHz, 6 MB L3
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and
  • HDD: 500 GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch glossy (1920 x 1080)
  • Battery Life: 3 Hours 35 minutes
  • Price: Rs 73,900

This mean machine might not be as stylish or slim as the MacBook Pro series of laptops, but it is one powerful machine you can’t resist. Equipped with the good blend of hardware and sophisticated design, the XPS 1645 is one of the most sought after machines high-end machines out there. In fact, speaking of high-end, the performance and overall feature set of the Studio XPS 1645 might is pretty much high-end, but its price is quite a reliever. You’re getting a powerful quad-core desktop replacement for Rs 73,900, and that too from Dell, a brand that offers one of the best after sales service in the world. The looks are more serious and suite for an office environment, nonetheless overall, it’s a good pick in terms of features, performance and price-performance ratio.
Forte: Performance, build quality and value for money.

Asus NX90J

  • Weight: 4.8 kg
  • Chipset: Intel HM 55
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 720QM, 1.6 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache
  • RAM: DDR3 4 GB
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT335M
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth
  • HDD: 2 x 650 GB
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray combo
  • Screen: 18.4-inch glossy (1920×1080)
  • Battery life: 3 Hours
  • Price: Rs 1,30,000

The NX90J is a multimedia workhorse, and overall, it’s an excellent performer. There’s no doubt that it’s a huge machine and at almost 5 kg, there’s no way you’re carrying it around. Well, it’s more of a style statement for a lifestyle living room, than a mammoth multimedia laptop. Check out the specs, read the review, you’ll notice that the performance it delivers is apt for someone who’s looking for an excellent movie-watching experience on the large 18.4-inch full-HD screen. If you remember the sound from the Dell Alienware M17X gaming monster, this one’s even better.
Forte: Lifestyle product, ultimate multimedia experience and good performance.

These are the three top of the line machines for multimedia or even for a SOHO setup. Now there are some other recommended models which fall into the mainstream and entry-level categories. Some entry-level Core i3 models are as cheap as Rs 33K and some high-end Core i7 models costs merely 63K. But let’s keep that for another round of recommended laptops, while we let you marinate on these.

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