Lenovo ThinkPad W520
As Lenovo likes to say, the ThinkPad W520 delivers workhorse power in a pony-size device. Lenovo's mobile workstation isn't small or light -- it starts at just under 6 pounds and boasts a 15.6-inch (HD or full HD). But the ThinkPad W520 is surprisingly mobile for a notebook that packs so much power.
The ThinkPad W520 was one of the highest performing notebooks to ever grace the CRN Test Center; the notebook can support up to Intel's i7 Extreme quad core processors and house up to a whopping 32 GB of RAM, along with 160 GB of SSD space and an Nvidia Quadro discrete GPU. The mobile workstation also comes with an HD webcam, USB 3.0 port and -- best of all, perhaps -- superior battery life that can last more than 14 hours with a 9 cell battery and external slice battery. The ThinkPad W520 starts at $1,299.