1982 witnessed the release of the GRiD Compass 1100 laptop, it cost the consumer $10,000, which translated into todays dollars is about $20,200. Certainly out of reach for all but the most dedicated enthusiast, but some people can still have their hand on this expensive laptop. These days one can buy a top of the line laptop for about $700 and it will probably come with about 15,000 times more memory than the GRiD Compass.
In October 2005, Ego Lifestyle B.V., a Dutch fashion and lifestyle oriented company, released the Tulip E-Go Diamond laptop. The laptop is being marketed as the first lifestyle notebook for men and women with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. It comes with an AMD Turion 64-bit processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, a 100G hard disk and a 12.1 inch wide screen WXGA resolution screen. The user gets all this for US $355,000. The laptop also comes with solid palladium white gold plates, in which 358 brilliant cut diamonds are embedded with surgical precision, a total of 80 carats, as well as 2 square cut rubies placed in the logos. It is the most expensive notebook ever built.
The hardcore gamers looking into this purchase will be glad to know that it comes with the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 mobile video card with video-out capabilities. The most expensive laptop is shaped in a stylish handbag shape with an integrated chrome handle and changeable Alcantara skins.