Naturally, it’s a 17in gaming brute and replaces the current model with the same name. But there are brand-new touches too, including that muscular chassis, which is constructed from anodized – read extra-hard – aluminium.
Specs-wise, it’s a tour de force of gaming power. The basic model’s processor is a 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo number, though this is upgradeable to a Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core CPU. The screen is also 1920x1200 resolution for super-crisp visuals.
Elsewhere, there’s 4GB RAM, 250GB hard-drive (upgradeable to 1TB) and an nVidia GeForce 9400m graphics, which cleverly scales down the graphics when you don’t need the full dual-card power.
With a generous menu of connectivity – four USBs, FireWire and HDMI out among others – and the option of customizing the colour of the backlit keyboard for each game, it’s a formidable hunk of portable computing. We’ll be reporting live from E3 next week, so look out for the full lowdown then.