If you're in the mood for a laptop that more than fits the phrase "desktop replacement" but isn't built by an OEM like Dell (or if a system from Round Rock simply doesn't pack enough awesome from your tastes), the folks at BFG
Technologies have built a laptop to complement their high-end "Phobos" desktop system. Unlike Phobos, Deimos isn't water cooled (although water-cooling a laptop might make a neat trick), but it packs just about every other available feature—provided you can afford it.
Deimos is designed around NVIDIA
's mobile SLI; the base configuration offers dual GTX 260M video cards with 1GB of memory each. The system doesn't skimp on CPU power or RAM either—available Core 2 processors range from the default Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz) to the T9900 (3.06GHz) and, for those of you who want quad cores, the Core 2 Quad Q9000 (2GHz) and the Core 2 Extreme QX9300 (2.53GHz). Photos of ports and the like below:
Multiple audio ports, USB, and eSATA on the right side...
HDMI, additional USB, DVI, DVD (or Blu-Ray) on the left.
"The Deimos X-10 SLI notebook is perfect for gamers and media enthusiasts who demand desktop performance but prefer the portability of a notebook," said John Malley, senior director of marketing for BFG Technologies. "Deimos X-10 comes fully locked and loaded to deliver the ultimate HD mobile gaming and multimedia experience." In addition to being a gamer’s dream, Deimos X-10 is a multimedia powerhouse that features an available Super Multi Blu-ray reader, 5 speakers with a built-in sub-woofer, supports Dolby™ surround, 4 USB2.0 ports and both HDMI and DVI output ports. Deimos X-10 also ships with a free Case Logic® notebook backpack.
Don't overlook the notebook backpack, by the way. Finding a laptop bag built for an 18.4" screen is not an easy task. Currently, BFG is offering the Deimos for 10 percent off retail, provided you order in the month of October.
It's not cheap, but if you've got the need for a mobile system that can handle anything, Deimos looks to be a serious contender
. As an added bonus, it'd make a heck of a stocking stuffer.