Sony Vaio Z128GX

Offering a nice change of pace from $300 Netbooks and $600 mainstream laptops, our review unit of Sony's revamped Vaio Z costs an impressive $3,339. Of course, our tricked-out review unit includes a very expensive 512GB solid-state hard drive, which could easily fetch $1,500 or more on its own. For a still-pricey $1,919, you can get a configuration with a smaller 128GB SSD, or you can add even more-expensive options, including a 1,920x1,080-pixel display or a Blu-ray player, driving the price as far up as $4,700.

Read the full review here.

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HP Envy 17

We've got a new review unit of this high-end 17-inch laptop on hand, but sadly, our version, despite the Core i7 CPU, 7200RPM hard drive, and gamer-friendly GPU, that only works out to around $1,399. That said, it is possible to trade up to a faster Core i7-840QM, a 128GB SSD hard drive, and other high-end features and crank the price up to $2,499.

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Apple MacBook Pro

The MacBook line of laptops pretty much owns the high-end of the market. It's the only laptop brand that doesn't play in the budget (or even midrange) market at all. But while a few years ago $2,000 high-end desktop replacements were easy to find, this is now one of the few examples left. The base model 17-inch MacBook Pro runs $2,299, while updating the processor and RAM, and adding a 512GB SSD drive can get you up to a delicious $4,199 (but $1,300 of that is the SSD).

Read the full review here.

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Dell Adamo XPS

This ultrathin executive laptop was the talk of the town during its March 2010 release, as one would expect given its 10mm thickness and unique Y-shaped hinge. The system originally cost $1,999, just shy of that $2,000 mark, but it seems to be currently unavailable on Dell's Web site. We did find it in the outlet section of Best Buy's Web site, for $100 off the original retail price. Interestingly, the original Adamo model, from last year, is still available for $999, half its launch price.

Read the full review here.

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Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV

One of the only other pricey laptops in our upcoming reviews queue is this 15-inch Toshiba, which builds in compatibility with Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, and includes one set of glasses and the 3D Vision emitter. That, along with the high-end Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce 350M GPU all add up to a respectable $1,600.

Read more here.

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