TheVerge - Everything ultimately comes back to that price tag. My inner miser shudders at the thought of spending $2,600 on a laptop. “Think of all the money you could save,” it says, sending images of desktops with dual-displays, capable mid-range GPUs, and a pantry stocked with vittles that aren’t instant noodles. But I’ll always be something of a curmudgeon. I won’t say the M17x-R4 is worth every penny, but I will say that it’s a powerful desktop replacement — the fastest notebook we’ve reviewed to date — that will likely be sailing through hardware-intensive games long after you’ve finally paid it off.