Originally Posted by A Bad Day
There's also the Mini-ITX option.
But for me, I want a jack-of-all trades laptop that can do the college and light gaming work without excess weight or low battery life.
mini itx cant be packed up into a backpack. along with all my other crap.
A laptop has about half the power of a desktop nowadays, with all the added extra goodies, minus your external mouse.
Add a headset, gaming mouse and your mouse mat, drop it in your back pack and good to go. no screens no speakers no keyboards no extras to mess with.
For me it will be like this
Laptop is the core of my battle station.
my eyefinity array will be where my laptop mainly sits, but i travel around a lot in my city often unexpectedly, library coffee shops, when i need to go. i unplug my laptop put in back in its velvit cover, slip it in my back pack with my mouse mousepad headset and power brick.
ready to roll.
lock the door, audios.
Cant do that with any other form factor.
Yes laptops are expensive, but with options like sager/Alienware/originPC, you can have systems that perform to a mid range desktop level, and still overclock and rock out with games, but still be portable enough to take with you.
Ivybridge/haswell+switchable graphics means epic battery times, and all that stuff.
Battery life, solid game play, overclocking, even eyefinity support, the whole 9yards.
Yes its more expensive, but it has its advantages.
One of the reasons i under took the build i did, was to prove that laptops arent worthless crap anymore, they are overclockable moddable, mobile workstations and gaming rigs. Yeah expensive, i could have built my GTX690 rig for the same prices with my favorite keyboard, but ohwell. I needed a gaming rig/workstation and laptop mobility. put them together. dream come true.
I cant wait to get my new monitors and debezelle them and set up my home base eyefinity array.