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10/27/2010

Is this the most blinged-out laptop?

If design is everything and you consider the latest MacBook Air ugly, have I got something for you!

N01_01 Behold the 'Classic Bespoke' laptop - the latest creation from David Munk Bogballe, a Danish designer who has gone over the top with this uber-luxury laptop.

Fittingly, it was just released at the Millionaire Fair in Moscow.

What makes it so special?

The company’s latest creation features a plethora of posh materials and craftmanship for those who need to have the best-looking portable computer in the world. The Classic Bespoke is their follow-up to the blinged-out Workstation.

Munk Bogballe also says this computer is “ideal for personal and business use.” Darn - I was really hoping agricultural use was considered.

The materials sound like something from a posh furniture store's brochure. The case is made of aluminum plates available in either 'nature or 'black.'

But let’s not get too carried away with shiny metal - why not wrap it in dead cow? Buyers can choose from European aniline leather, a material that puts the other 95 per cent of a cow’s hide to shame.

But really, go for the optional ostrich leather. It’s apparently nicer to touch. And presumably so would be the optional 18-carat gold power button with an embedded diamond.

N03_01 Sadly it’s fashion over function with this laptop (though Lady Gaga would probably be thinking otherwise). The hardware stats are dismal.

Underneath the laptop’s sexy skin is an Intel Core i5 processor with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive.

It’s dissapointing because of the price tag, which starts at $7,360 Canadian. At the bare minimum throw in an i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and an SSD drive. You don't find Ferraris running VW Golf engines. At least they make a donation to the One Laptop per Child organisation for each laptop you buy.

What do you think about stylish computers - how important is fashionable design to you?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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