Products like this have an appeal
Originally Posted by Defoler
Not really, but you are missing the whole point.
The idea is to allow a laptop to become a destop with the first initial expence only.
Instead of having to buy a seperate desktop and laptop, which makes it cumbersome to people who need portability and all of their data up to date, all you will do is get back home, and connect your laptop to the core. Connect a set of gaming keyboard and mouse and a good monitor, and you get all the benefits of a desktop with the same data, same installs, same save points, as you do in the laptops.
Now add the option to just get up and leave, and continue your play later someplace else, it is extremely useful without buying a bulky desktop, having to sync data, or having to swap keyboard and mouse and monitor if you want to work with a larger screen for the laptops. It just basically cost you the initial 500$ instead of a while computer and tou can swap gpu instead of a whole laptop. Or no need to buy a 6kg laptop for the internal strong gpu or a huge watercooling dock to keep it from frying.
Originally Posted by Robilar
I see your point, however as a former owner of a Razer blade laptop (which was an amazing piece of hardware btw), after owning for awhile I came to realize for the $3400 I paid for it, I could easily have built two - three decent to moderately powerful full gaming rigs.
It's not like I was playing BF4 on the Razer in my office or on vacation.
In fact, my current rig cost about the same and that is with a $1500 dollar monitor and a 980ti
Gaming notebooks and products like the Core really get a bad rap but I think many forget that there really is a legitimate market for both products. In your example it sounds like the portability of the machine was not a necessity so I can see why it felt like a waste. Of course a desktop is going to be higher performing while being a better value. That's been true since the dawn of time itself; maybe even before then.
Full disclosure: I own an Alienware 15 and love the heck out of it. I travel for work and am sometimes gone for a couple weeks at a time. Having a laptop which is quite portable, about the size of the EliteBook I use for work, that is powerful enough to allow me to run any of my applications or games from a hotel room is a godsend. What else am I going to do? Drag my Corsair 750D through the airport?
Now obviously my little Alienware is paltry in comparison to most of the desktops around OCN. The 970M does well enough at 1080p but it's no match for the larger, higher-resolution screens out there. That's where something like the Core or the Alienware Graphics Amp start to become more appealing. Having access to desktop graphics horsepower while still retaining the core device's portability sounds pretty good to me. Honestly, if I didn't own a desktop prior to the start of my current employment I probably would have picked up the Alienware version already.Edited by MNiceGuy - 6/1/16 at 8:52pm