• Sep 23, 2008


Click above to view the Ego for Bentley laptop in hi res

$20,000 seems like a lot of money for a laptop computer, and it is for ordinary people like you and me. But in case you hadn't noticed, we're not the type of customers to whom Bentley caters. The stoic British automaker exists at the upper crust of the automotive elite among the kind of people from whom $20k is chump change to pay for a computer that will match their car perfectly.

With them in mind, Bentley has teamed up with Ego, an aptly named fellow outfitter to the obscenely wealthy, to produce this exclusive notebook computer. The specs are fairly straightforward: 64-bit processor, 160GB hard-drive, Windows Vista...but as we initially reported when news of the Ego Bentley first surfaced, the detailing is what sets it apart. The laptops are hand-built like a top-of-the-line Bentley, but inside out, with diamond-stitched leather and knurled aluminum trim on the outside and the buyer's choice of color options for the interior panels. Only 250 examples are being offered, which is just as well because we doubt there are many more consumers in the world than that who possess the means and inclination to buy one. For the rest of us, we can check out the press release after the jump and images in the gallery below.

[Source: Bentley]

PRESS RELEASE

Ego for Bentley

22 September, 2008 Bentley is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership between Ego Lifestyle and Bentley Motors resulting in a limited edition luxury notebook, known as 'Ego for Bentley'. No more than 250 pieces will be retailed globally in high-end stores from autumn 2008. Since 2003 Ego Lifestyle has been crafting the world's most desirable luxury notebooks with the same unmistakable values that define every Bentley – breathtaking performance, handcrafted luxury and refinement, bespoke design and dedication to absolute quality. A sophisticated blend of form and function, this special Limited Edition reflects the individuality and discerning style of both car and driver – the ultimate partner for the perfect drive.

A lot of the unique Bentley details can be found in the bespoke Ego for Bentley notebook, each of them painstakingly hand-built and designed in collaboration with Bentley's own styling team in Crewe. The colour options of the lacquered inside matches the car's most popular exterior paint colours for ultimate suitability. The external panels have been trimmed with the finest selection of Bentley leather and finished with the authentic Bentley cross-over hand-stitching, designed to match exactly an individual's particular requirements.

An ergonomic, integrated handle provides true portability and removes the need for an unattractive bag or case. The iconic Bentley etching, known as knurling, is echoed on parts of the Bentley for Ego notebook, such as the handle and the sliding doors that cover the access ports and ensures a secure grip and a luxurious feel.

Pure chrome detailing is featured throughout, with unique technology on the inside: next to the latest Microsoft Vista Ultimate software, a 64-bit processor and a 160Gb Hard drive, Ego for Bentley's elegant design incorporates 12 dedicated direct access keys to make Wi-fi, Bluetooth, Webcam, Media centre and other applications both simple and fast.

Each model of the Ego for Bentley collection is a limited edition luxury notebook, accentuated by the white gold frames engraved with your Ego for Bentley's limited edition number.

Ego Lifestyle, founded in 2003 by Huub van de Boogaard, designs, markets, produces and distributes high-end luxury lifestyle consumer electronics. These activities are executed in co-operation with renowned international firms as well as organisations in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle sectors.

Completely breaking with traditional design and use of computers, Ego moved away from the traditional notebook and created an exclusive fusion of unique fashionable design, ultimate functionality and an individual's personality.

RRP will be circa £10,000 / €12,500 / USD19,800. Additional regional pricing to be confirmed upon request.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      How much fps has it in Crysis?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn, beat me to it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to believe people are not THAT stupid.

      It's uglier, bulkier, and slower than a normal run of the mill laptop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AB posted this story about 2 months ago. Why is it news again?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You don't have to be a prick about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even if i had all the money in the world to buy a computer, that would not be it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $20k to run Vista? A fool and his money are...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's so a design/idea rip-off.......... !!!!!! Remeber the first generation clamshell Apple iBook? It even had a handel and it was much better conceived.

      Pix aplenty
      http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z29/Sawtoothdude/Clamshell3.jpg
      http://www.248am.com/images/tangerineibook.jpg
      http://home.k07.itscom.net/jf1dcu/Macintosh_Folder/iBook_tangerine_shell.jpg

      So much being original.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $20k for the privelege of carrying a laptop that everyone thinks is a man-purse. What a deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It doesn't even look like a man-purse(murse?) It looks like a lady purse. To each his own, I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. That's...really stupid.

      But then again, it would be a perfect receptacle for my solid gold, diamond-encrusted USB drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I fall into Bentley's 'target market', and wouldn't even think about buying something like this. I'll stay with my MacBook Pro. Far more stylish, useful, and powerful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd never understand these people who spend that much just for looks. I won't even try.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd love to know how they handled cooling on it.

      Also, why aren't they using a new 250GB or 500GB laptop drive? Only excuse for 160GB is if it's a 7200 RPM drive, which I doubt given the extra heat involved...
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