In this high tech world we live in there is always a newer, better, bigger gadget that we must have. However, bigger does not necessarily mean better. Where once the large desk top computer was by far and away the only type of computer to own, recent years have shown that the laptop computer is now the preferred model for most folks. As a matter of fact, sales of the desktop computers have been in a slight but steady decline over the last few years while laptop sales remain steady and even increasing in some markets, especially with the introduction of the Google Chromebooks to this ever growing market.
By themselves laptops are a booming business but let’s not forget the accessories that go with them! There are designer cases, laptop travel bags, stands and even cooling stations. Coverbee has even put out an $11 million dollar lap top sleeve! Even the most basic student backpacks now have specially designed pockets just for laptops. In addition there are even places to dine like Starbucks where one almost looks out of place sitting down without a laptop in front of them. Though tablets, such as the Ipad are making a climb in the market, the laptop is still the first choice when it comes to preparing presentations, and drafting certain types of documents.
There are many types of laptops on the market and prices can vary greatly depending on your personal choice. Mac or PC, amount of storage, screen size, power, and security features are all things that one needs to consider when purchasing a laptop. Also available are “notebooks” similar to laptops but perhaps a bit smaller with less processing power. Even once you have narrowed it down there are add ons and special features that can drive up the price of even a basic model. Below is a list of some of the most expensive laptops ever seen on the market. While some of these are the latest model available today, others are over the top models with price tags that have not yet been topped. Though most of us are happy with a laptop that can hold a ton of emails and a huge iTunes library, these laptops certainly add some glitz and glamour to the portable computer we have come to rely on.
10. Lenovo ThinkPad W540: $2,300
Lenovo has come out with the highest quality display ever on their line of Thinkpads. This 15.5 inch notebook has a thickness of 1.1 inch and weighs only 5.45 pounds. The legendary ThinkPad ergonomic keyboard has won awards for it’s full-sized and spill-resistant features, and it’s TrackPoint (R) pointing device. Their trademarked Thunderbolt connection technology simultaneously supports high resolution displays and high performance streaming devices through a single port. It also has an integrated finger print reader to make for a quick and easy access. Lenovo has won more than 100 international design awards for their cutting edge designs.
9. Acer Ferrari 1100: $3,000
This flashy number has a black and gray racing check pattern with the small yellow Ferrari insignia stamped in the center. To really give it the sleek feel of it’s namesake, the body is done in jet black with glossy gray accents and the casing is constructed with an ultra-light carbon fiber chassis. To add to the Ferrari feel, there is a bright blacklit power button that looks just like a car ignition. Heads will certainly turn when you sit down in Starbucks with this one.
8. Alienware 18: $3,600
Without a doubt, this is a laptop for the passionate gamer and has been completely redesigned with dual graphics. With the Windows 8.1 Pro running system and the 4th Generation Intel Core (R) i7 processor, Alienware bills this machine as a “Monster gaming powerhouse,” and goes on to say that the “Alienware 18 is the most powerful laptop in the universe.” The speakers are certified by sound engineers from Klipsch and it comes preloaded with Dolby Home Theater v4 software making it awesome for gaming or enjoying other sound media.
7. Dell Mobile Precision M6800: $3,800
The Dell M6800 offers extreme processing capabilities and the ability to create high end graphics including 3D rendering. The ten-finger touch display lets you multi-task with a swipe, drag or just a touch of your finger. It offers top notch security options along with the Dell ControlVault system. It also boasts four USB 3.0 ports and the Intel(R)vPro/AMT systems management and the Waves Maxx Audio Pro suite of audio tools. The Dell M6800 is also available in the “Covet” edition, which is the same high end laptop in the signature color Phoenix red.
6. Stealth MacBook Pro by ColorWare: $6,000
ColorWare bills itself as “The only company in the world where you can create your own bespoke electronic device.” With this very limited edition, they produced an all black, 15 inch Macbook Pro with a matte black finish. It also has a custom matte screen, and was given it’s name because of it’s comparison to the Stealth Bomber. Though this laptop has the inner workings of the Macbook Pro, the comparison stops there. Whereas the regular MacBook Pro can be seen being carried by almost everyone, there are only ten Stealth MacBooks in existence.
5. VoodooEnvy 171: $6,500
Voodoo was a luxury computer brand owned by Hewlett Packard. The VoodooEnvy 171 was considered more of a “work station” than ordinary laptop and was geared towards engineers and designers. On top of the high end specs offered with this machine, you could also pick out your own paint job and for a little bit extra add a tattoo making it different from all the rest. As of 2012, Voodoo is no longer producing products.
4. Ego for Bentley: $20,000
The infamous British car maker has partnered with Ego to produce this over the top notebook. This computer is handmade and dressed in authentic Bentley diamond stitched leather that can be made to match the interior of a Bentley automobile. The frames around the laptop are made of white gold and the handle is taken from the Bentley etching called “knurling.” There are only 250 being manufactured. For the price of this laptop, the quality is certainly worth breaking the bank.
3. MacBook Pro 24Karat Gold: $30,000
This laptop has been customized by Computer Choppers, a company that will personalize any of your high tech gadgets, from laptops to iPads to smart phones and even game controllers. Though they specialize in Apple products, they say they will provide the service on basically any brand of computer or electronic item. In this particular case they have taken a MacBook Pro and covered it in 24 karat gold. They finished it off with the official Apple logo which features multi-colored diamonds. Needless to say, these are very limited in number. They also offer the same version in the MacBook Air.
2. Tulip E-Go Diamond: $350,000
What makes this laptop worth the incredible price listed above? It is inlaid with solid white gold plates, with thousands of high quality brilliant cut diamonds set with perfect precision. It also features a square cut ruby set in both Tulip logos. This was made for the woman who wants the portability of the laptop but the look of a high end fashion accessory, and the Tulip E-go Diamond does look more like an elegant purse than a laptop computer. Tulip developed the E-Go (stands for “Easy going,”) to address the growing trend towards space age design and personalization. It also comes with different covers that one can change as easily as their mood. Laurent de Beer, master jewelry designer worked closely with the Tulip design department on this jewel of a laptop.
1. Luvaglio One Million Dollar Laptop: $1,000,000
Well, here it is. Without a doubt the most expensive laptop in the world. The Luvaglio company has worked with a team of expert designers and craftsmen to come up with this opulent piece of machinery. The creators of this laptop allow the buyer to choose any material they would like for the body including, diamonds, white gold or leather. They may also choose rare jewels and stones to accent their device and a rare colored diamond acts as a power button and security ID. It is this customization that brings it to this heart stopping price point. Other features include a 17″ LED wide screen with reflective glare and a Blu-Ray drive as well as an integrated self cleaning device. Definitely don’t want to turn your back on this one when you get up to get your latte.