We've just spent the last couple of days recovering from a run-in with what could be the world's most powerful laptop. The Asus W90 is an 18.4-inch, 6kg gorilla of a gaming machine that's just as likely to rip your arms off as run Crysis.
Under its surprisingly understated exterior lies some serious hardware. Its 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo T9550 CPU might not sound like much, but hit that dedicated overclocking button above the keyboard and its clock speed jumps by 15 per cent. Then there's the fact it has 6GB of RAM -- 2GB in each of its three DIMM slots. It's also worth noting the fact it uses a desktop chipset -- Intel's gaming-oriented X38 series -- instead of the traditional PM45 Express you get in most gaming machines.
The graphics card in the W90 isn't what you get in most machines, either. Asus has chosen an ATI Mobility Radeon 4870 X2, which is fast enough to run even Crysis -- very quickly -- on the 18.4-inch 1,920x1,080-pixel display. Our brothers and sisters over at CNET.com said it ran Unreal Tournament 3 at 162.2 frames per second, which is the fastest they've ever seen.
The W90 also includes a 2-megapixel auto-focus web cam, 5 speakers including a subwoofer, dual 320GB hard drives, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI out, 4 USBs, 802.11n, Gigabit Ethernet, and a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate edition.
All this doesn't come cheap, obviously, but if you've got £2,228 lying around and want the baddest gaming laptop going, then you'd be wise to check it out. We'll have a full review shortly.