Hot Hardware had the envious position of being able to test out one of Alienware's latest gaming laptops, the SLI-enabled Aurora m9700
. As you would expect, the system performed really well, thanks to the dual NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS 256MB graphics cards, AMD Turion64 ML-44 processor (2.4GHz), NVIDIA nForce4 chipset, and 2GB RAM. Suprisingly, they found the battery fared pretty well, getting more than 120 minutes -- not a lot compared to most laptops, but look at what's in the thing. They also liked the big 17-inch WUXGA 1920 x 1200 display, but did find that the glossy coating can hinder more than help due to its reflectivity. It's also, obviously, really big and heavy (8.5 pounds), but we're guessing anyone actually considering this system won't be put off much by that. Price starts at a reasonable $1,999, but to get it loaded similar to their review unit will run you more like $3,600.