Investing more up front on a laptop often means it will remain useful longer. And while you can find a solid model for $2,000 or less that'll last you years, there's no shortage of laptop specifications and accessories that can be yours if the price is right. But what if you want your laptop to also be a status symbol? It's the same reason people buy sports cars over mid-size sedans.
Any Internet-connected laptop puts the world's knowledge at your fingertips, but there will always be a market for those who want a device with a little more oomph or rhetorical weight behind it. Some of these laptops are high-performance machines, and others are completely frivolous. After all, it's good to have options.
Marble MacBook Pro, $7,500
Because why wouldn't you want to make your laptop look like an art sculpture? It's just a paint job, but this take on a MacBook Pro makes it appear like your computer was carved out of marble, and you can see it in the price tag, too.
Eurocom Panther, around $8,600
The Eurocom Panther is decked out and then some. Not only does it boast huge real estate with its 17-inch screen, but it has a whopping 32 GB of RAM, an Intel Xeon processor, and an optical drive. All these features are certainly a drain on the battery, which lasts a scant 60 minutes per charge. But don't worry — the computer comes with a spare AC adapter in case you lose the first one. This laptop is not nearly as mobile as others. At 12 pounds, you'll certainly notice it in your bag.
Panasonic Navy USMC Only Toughbook, around $33,000
The Panasonic Toughbooks are known for being spill-proof, impact-proof, and for generally being rock-steady computers for use in unlikely environments. They're built like tanks, so it's no wonder that a "Marines-only" model fetches such a heavy price. This 13-inch laptop has 500 GB of hard drive space, a 2.7 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM.
24-Karat Gold MacBook Pro, $10,000
A MacBook Pro is already great for meeting nearly any computing need you might have, but if you perceive its lack of bling as a problem, there's a solution. For $10,000, you can buy a standard Apple laptop that has been encased in polished 24-karat gold. Of course, this adds nothing to your computer functionality, but it does add another digit to its price tag.
The $1 Million Laptop
This unlikely computer doesn't appear to actually be for sale anymore, but a London company called Luvaglio made headlines a few years ago by adding "functional jewelry" to computers (they put precious stones on a laptop's power button), then selling the devices for a million bucks a pop. So if the spirit moved you at the time, you could have dropped serious cash on a conventional computer.
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