Lenovo IdeaPad Y580
It may induce a bit of a backache at 6.2 pounds, but the IdeaPad Y580 repays you for the the hardship when you put its speedy Core i7-3610QM processor to work. Coupled with 8GB of RAM and a discreet Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics card, this beast is an envy-inducing machine at an affordable price.
The Y580 managed to outperform our baseline desktop system on WorldBench 7, with a mark of 108 (8% faster). The included discrete graphics card makes this machine a viable candidate for LAN parties, too, as the Y580 managed playable frame rates at high graphics settings on gaming benchmarks. We also love the fact this machine comes with a Blu-ray drive and a high-definition screen. Read our full review here.
[$1099 for a 15.6-inch laptop with a 1920-by-1080-pixel display, a Core i7-3610QM processor, and Windows 7]
Dell Inspiron 15R 7520
Weighing in at 7.4 pounds, this Inspiron model is a behemoth when matched against Ultrabooks (and even some laptops). But in its favor, it sports serious features, strong performance (a 137 mark on WorldBench 7), and a full 1080p, 15.6-inch LED screen.
Unlike all four of the Ultrabooks we looked at, the Inspiron 15R 7520 offers a plethora of ports and an optical drive, so you can get the most out of your external devices and media. The sensitive trackpad supports multitouch gestures, and the keyboard's indented keys invite more-accurate typing. Finally, if you're looking for style options, you'll enjoy the Inspiron 15R 7520's replaceable lids, available in different colors. Read our full review here. [$1149 for a 15.6-inch laptop with a 1920-by-1080-pixel display, a Core i7-3612QM processor, and Windows 7]
By modern standards, Origin's portable is insanely heavy at 11 poundsand it's quite expensive, too, though you can option it down to a lower price than the one we list below. On the other hand, its gaming features blow everything else out of the water.