People tend to focus on miniaturization when thinking about emerging devices. It's not always small, smaller, smallest, however. This PC Magazine piece suggests that some laptops are big enough -- in terms of capabilities -- to replace desktop PCs.
This isn't a new idea. The attractions of using a laptop in the office is that it will consume less space and be portable. The second benefit should be taken with a grain of salt, however: The machines' portability fades as its viability for high-horse power uses grows.
This posting at jkOntheRun is written by an individual who has been using a laptop for all his computing for several years. James Kendrick's goal -- to find a laptop powerful enough to handle audio and video editing -- differs from the more mundane aims of most folks. It's a worthwhile read, however, because he does a good job of verbalizing his thoughts, many of which are relevant. For the record, he ended up buying a MacBook Pro with a 17-inch screen.
The reality is that desktop replacement makes increasing sense as processors grow in power and the price of memory shrinks. The PC Magazine piece looks at Acer (Aspire 9300-5005), HP (Pavilion dv9000t) and two Dell (Inspiron E1705 and Dell XPS M1710) laptops. Separately, Engadget takes a look at the Qosmio G40 from Toshiba and Gearlog reviews Malibal's new Veda series.