Originally Posted by _JP_
This already exists for common laptops and it's not worth it for 85%~95% of laptop users. Mostly because those users also have desktops and those that don't, but still want to play games, end up buying an Alienware or a Eurocom/Clevo (which, IMO, makes more sense in an investment point of view). Besides, carrying the extra card ruins some of the portability.
Apple's stuff is exactly the same stuff on the inside, but a way way better build quality - which is what I pay for in a laptop. Because in 2-3 years the cheap plastic hinges on your HP will start to crack, and keys will start popping off, and you will start wearing away the crappy coating on the touchpad buttons.
Most people that rag on Macs have never used one. Hell, when im in the datacenter, macs outnumber PC's among the IT guys.
Originally Posted by NC37
For the cost of this and the extra expense of buying a Mac lappy with a pos Intel IGP...just buy a Qosmio or something then buy a used Mac if you must run OSX. Mac gaming is dead because Steve doesn't want to optimize OpenGL for performance. That and they haven't used a decent high end mobile GPU since the final days of the G4 Powerbooks. Or even upper midrange GPU. All have been low end and if midrange, they are usually downclocked parts.
The only difference between Windows PCs and Macs when it come to hardware is the outside. You can get the same parts if not better on PCs, not counting the crap bargain bin black friday PCs. Course one difference on the Mac towers is you get server chips vs regular on PCs. Most users do not need Xeons and the cost for the performance, you would be better building your own i7 rig.
The concept that Apple means quality is not as black and white as it used to be. Sure construction is better than those crap budget PCs but when you get to the higher price brackets you will find well built machines even in the PC side. I've worked with Macs all my life and aside from the neat designs like The Cube, these things aren't much different than regular PCs. In fact, some models are much harder to work on than PCs and Apple uses a lot of proprietary parts to make sure end users cannot just upgrade or fix them easily. So say PSU dies...you have to find a used one if out of warranty or buy one for a premium. Last Mac I worked with which could use standard ATX was the Beige G3 line which was the most PC of all the Macs and one of the best.
This is why this device will rock. OSX is good for certain things - gaming is not, and will never be one of them. Macs are essentially the same as windows machines in parrallels/bootcamp. load this up, install the lightpeak drivers - no more need for a separate gaming rig.
$1100 for a 1" thin computer with a good design (solid build, mag safe rip power cord) and the specs of the lowest end macbook pro is not much to ask at all... you wont find a better built computer for that price, I have 4 laptops around my house to prove it.
I would totally buy this product... Why have a whole other PC just for gaming, when all you really need is the video card? All the modern sandy bridge chips, even the mobile ones, have more than enough power to feed a mid range card.