We suppose it's a bit of a stretch to call buying a Turion
-based laptop "sticking it to The Man
" now that AMD is clearly becoming
"The Man" in their own right, but we're sure you can find some other excuse here to get your Turion on. NEC
's new Turion 64 X2 laptops manage 15.4-inch 1,280 x 800 displays, ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 integrated graphics and dual-layer DVD burning across the board. There's also Firewire, four USB 2.0 ports, a PC card slot, multi-card reader, gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g WiFi. The Lavie
L line tops out with the 210,000 Yen (around $1,819 USD) LL590/GG, which includes a 100GB HDD, 768MB of RAM (2GB max) and WMCE '05, powered by an AirTV external TV tuner. Two other lower-end configurations are available, along with a 125,000 Yen ($1,082) build-to-order LaVie G type L option. The biggest downside of all this seems to be the lame 1.9 hour battery life, though the 1.5-inches of thickness and 6.8 pound heft are close contenders. Maybe we'll keep our anti-The Man tendencies in check for the time being.