PC makers strut their Core i7 laptops

— 5:13 PM on September 23, 2009

Now that Intel has officially pulled the curtain off its mobile Core i7s, we can get a better idea of what laptops the new processors will power. So far, we've seen a luxurious aluminum notebook from HP and a desktop-replacement workhorse from Eurocom, but there are more.

Dell, for starters, is advertising three Core i7 laptops on its website. The Alienware M15x combines the new CPUs with discrete Nvidia graphics, up to 8GB of RAM, and a $1,499 base price tag. Also, the Studio 15 and Studio 17 should bring Clarksfield (plus discrete 4000-series Radeons) to the masses with prices of $999 and $1,099, respectively. None of those three systems will ship until mid- to late October, though.

Moving on, Toshiba is readying the Qosmio X500, whose availability will coincide with Windows 7's October 22 launch. The X500 will couple Core i7 processors with an 18.4" display, GeForce GTS 250M graphics, support for dual hard drives, and an optional Blu-ray drive. And Windows 7, of course.

Meanwhile, Asus has announced the M60J, which features a 16" 1366x768 display and Nvidia graphics. A trip to Intel's website shows that Asus has another two Core i7 laptops up its sleeve: the 15.6" G60J and 15.6" G51J, both geared for gaming with "the latest graphics solution with 1GB VRAM."

Intel's website also lists upcoming Cyberpower and Sager systems with similarly large displays and starting prices in the neighborhood of $1,120-$1,500. See the image gallery below for some photos of the HP, Dell, Toshiba, and Asus systems.

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