HP EliteBook 8740w: 17-Inch Powerhouse Laptop

A top-notch 17-inch EliteBook 8740w is swinging its way from HP to store shelves with a 1920 x 1080 DreamColor LED-backlit screen, your choice of Core i5 or i7 processors and up to 16GB of RAM. Schuuuweeet.

Those Core i5 or i7 CPUs are joined with your choice of either a 1GB Nvidia Quadro or ATI FirePro, and up to 16GB of RAM. Two USB 3.0 ports plus a 2MP webcam, eSATA, VGA, RJ45, Firewire and DisplayPort finish it off - though the omission of an HDMI port seems worrying, it would be a bigger drama if HP put a Blu-ray drive in there too.

It's pricey, but then at that spec you'd expect it so. The starting price is $US1999 but if you're wanting something with more oomph the various configurations will get you up to $US3899 - though that DreamColor screen will set you back even more. [HP via CrunchGear]