It's not quite specced to kill, but NEC
's new VersaPro
YV20 laptop doesn't look too shabby, and it's a BTO unit, so you can always flesh out the spec sheet if need be. What counts is the 2GHz Core 2 Duo
T7200 processor option, and of course the Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics shouldn't do much harm. There's also "256MB+512MB×2" of dual-channel DDR2 RAM -- which sounds a bit like 1280MB, but we're no math-whizzes. The laptop sports up to a 15-inch UXGA display in the VW edition, while the VR and VE types max out at SXGA+. There's just a 40GB HDD and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive on the low-end, but those can be bumped up to 100GB and one of those fancy "super multi drive" units, and the 802.11a/b/g WiFi and gigabit Ethernet should do just fine. The VR and VE units start at a competitive 130,000 yen (about $1100 US), no word on the VW, and we're sure they're all quite a lot more than that once their BTO specs are all maxed out.