Dell's XPS 14 Ultrabook is a sleek and sexy aluminum clad notebook with a virtually indestructible 1600 x 900 resolution 14-inch display thanks to its hardened Corning Gorilla Glass screen. Connectivity is excellent with all of the essentials covered: Mini DisplayPort, HDMI port, RJ-45 port, headphone/microphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and a multi-card reader. It's armed with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz) processor, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD and a speedy 32GB SSD cache. This particular model also comes with an NVIDIA Geforce GT 630M with 1GB VRAM for some light gaming.
If you're after a space-saving and portable desktop system that doesn't require you to compromise on the quality settings, consider Dell's Alienware X51. Roughly the size of a Microsoft Xbox 360, this diminutive gaming machine still manages to pack in a powerful Intel Core i5-2320QM (3.0GHz) quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, slot load DVD drive, 1TB HDD and a full-size NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card. It's perfectly at home oriented standing up or lying down, which should make it a great fit for any desk. Do note though that it doesn't come supplied with a monitor.
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Fujitsu's 13.3-inch Lifebook SH771 is perfect for the corporate environment with its understated matte black finish and slim form-factor. The finish is actually smudge and fingerprint resistant which will help maintain its professional aesthetic. It also sports a complete collection of connectivity ports and a built-in optical drive that can be easily swapped out to shave 100g off of its total weight. It's also one of the few notebooks available today that's still made in Japan and, as expected, build quality is top notch. This model utilizes an Intel Core i5-2520M (2.50GHz) processor, 8GB RAM and 640GB HDD.
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