MSI’s promotional material for the GX780 uses phrases such as “the heat of battle”, “adrenalin-pumping” and bizarrely, “ogre blood”. The gamer-friendly components in the GX780 weren’t just made, MSI says, they were “forged”. It’s not too difficult to believe. Just look at the laptop. It’s a 17.3-inch monster, with roaringly loud speakers (complete with a subwoofer) and that eerily glowing keyboard. It’s made by specialized gaming firm SteelSeries, and it allows you to light up specific keys in specific colours (in specific patterns), so you don’t accidentally press the wrong key in the dark. The long-term consequence of a wrong keypress, admittedly, is more keenly felt in professional gaming than in typing out emails. Elsewhere, there’s 16 GB of memory, a 9-cell battery and a 750 GB hard disk.
Asus-Automobili Lamborghini Classic VX7
Normal people buy automobile miniatures or remote-controlled cars. But gaming laptop enthusiasts aren’t normal people. For them, Asus’ Lamborghini-inspired laptops are the real deal. Like the iconic cars, the VX7 is housed in a carbon fibre-like chassis, and the two gigantic cooling vents at the back of the machine echo the car’s tail lights and exhaust pipes.
Inside, this is a laptop that can, metaphorically, do 1 to 100 kmph in seconds. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, a top-of-the-line GeForce graphics card, and an option to include a solid-state drive (with no moving parts and, therefore, longer life) of capacity up to 1.25 terabytes. Distant blips for the technological horizon such as Blu-ray combo drives and USB 3.0 are standard issue here.
The VX7 is available in black, orange and carbon-fibre grey (dark grey with a brushed, textured finish).
The surest sign that the world, as we know it, has morphed beyond recognition. When they were first released in India two years ago, the Alienware laptops were an article of excess, a statement of serious intent. Now they are entry-level options. A good entry-level option, mind you. The M11x has a fantastic, convenient size and powerful technical specifications. It also has that fluid, sci-fi design aesthetic, and does a much better job of keeping itself cool than the other heat-radiating behemoths featured here.