When is a laptop not a laptop? When it's so big it takes more than one lap to accommodate it.

Although the desktop-replacement model has been around for a long time now, offering the grunt of a conventional PC within a compact frame, sooner or later someone was going to take it one step too far. That someone was the Taiwanese chassis-builder Clevo, which provided AJP with a frame more than 40cm wide to stuff with cutting-edge components, including dual-SLI graphics cards (reviewed here).

This column appears in the June 06 issue of PC Advisor, available now.

Laptops aimed at gamers are nothing new, but surely their limited upgradeability makes them less attractive to potential buyers? Especially if you have to fork out more than £2,000. Why not buy a high-spec desktop and upgrade individual components as they age? Let's face it: that takes only a few months.

If you're looking to get your PC out of the study and into the living room, take a look at the Philips Showline MCP9350i (find out what we thought of it here) – a superior model to the Sony Vaio Media Center PC we looked at last month. There are several different ways of hooking it up to the rest of your home-entertainment kit, and all the cables you could possibly need are bundled with the unit. Not bad for a grand.

But we wouldn’t want to be accused of looking at the PC market through one eye – so we've had a peek at a couple of products by Apple this month.

Before you start booing and hissing, can I mention that both the iMac (page 52 of the June issue) and MacBook Pro (reviewed here) have Intel processors? That's right, just like the PCs we all use. The Mac Brigade might be a funny old lot, but it seems they're finally picking up on what we've all known for years.