Originally Posted by Serephucus
Forgive me, but that's a bit of an ignorant comment. It might well be designed as a desktop replacement, but nowhere does that mean a desktop replacement is not meant to be portable. If this were the case, everyone would simply build ITX machines instead.
with an ITX you don't have a 15" or 17" screen & integrated everything close to hand in one terminal like a laptop. Your argument against battery is portability? so then an ITX is worse as it has no battery. For education AND games there will always be a large compromise.The ROG is designed for table top gaming and perhaps and the ability to take to friends to play with a power outlet. It misses optimus / enduro to help the end user believe it or not because of the crapola drivers both companies have released practically breaking peoples laptops.
A modern gaming laptop in many cases will throttle the main gpu so much that they become useless as a mobile device. I personally wouldn't want to take a $2000 laptop outside other than in the car to a friends and back. It sounds like you misunderstand the current market position of a high end gaming laptop, like it or not they are designed for semi-portable home based use as a replacement of a desktop.
* i think some sager/clevo have a bios switch to force igpu so you may want to look at one of those?Edited by Pip Boy - 6/6/13 at 6:06am