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I saw something like this a couple years ago, it didn't really catch onto well despite the fact I thought it was even amazing then. Stuff like this has real potential for making better gaming machines out of low-mid end carry around laptops useful for gaming while at home and not just being a paper weight.
    
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This is only a Desktop replacement. Something needed for those that want to play games at home and take the laptop at or work school and use it. The ideal for extra power just does not make it portable and last time i check you need a monitor.
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What some may or may not realize is that this isn't necessarily meant to travel with you (although it probably could) this is meant for laptop user who, for instance, needs a computer to send emails and take notes with at school but at the same time want to be able to play BF3 or Skyrim on Ultra when they get home. Or it could be for the workstation user on the go. They still need a portable device to take home with them and use to give presentations in the conference room or send emails in the airport but when they get back to their office they have their portable lap top converted back into a powerful workstation with just a cord or two.

From what I understand this is meant to be something you have at home or in your office that enables you to have the portability of a laptop when you're on the go but at the same time the performance and raw power of a 7970 etc. when you get back to your main area of use.
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Only 2 problems, it has no 8/6 pin, so the cards you can put in it are limited, and as such not very powerful. Also, it requires an external monitor and power source, so while it may be a lot of things, mobile ain't one of them.
    
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Only 2 problems, it has no 8/6 pin, so the cards you can put in it are limited, and as such not very powerful. Also, it requires an external monitor and power source, so while it may be a lot of things, mobile ain't one of them.

Well if laptop manufacturers start making some kind of passthrough option for the monitors it would make laptops more versatile (almost like portable TVs?)

Otherwise it is possible to run an external image to a laptop screen but it means you need to take the laptop apart and have some spare time on your hands.
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