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#1 9 years ago

Here's a neat gadget I learned about over at NBR. It's called the ViDock 2, and it's basically an external PCIe graphics card adapter that interfaces to any laptop via the ExpressCard slot. Theoretically, this means you can get high-end dedicated graphics power in any properly equipped notebook, even those with integrated graphics.

http://www.villagetronic.com/vidock2/index.html

Of course, it's far from perfect; ExpressCard can only transfer so much data at a time, so it's not nearly as good as a native PCIe connection, but that's not really an option with notebooks.

A guy at NBR bought one and tested it out on his Thinkpad with Intel graphics. The performance was exponentially better.

It comes with an ATi Radeon 4670, which can be swapped and upgraded.

Personally, I have no real use for this; my laptop's dedicated ATi Mobility Radeon 4570 is quite capable of playing what I want it to, but I can definitely see the appeal. It's nice to be able to breathe new life into a notebook at the expense of some degree of portability, although it's not likely that you'll be playing CoD4 deathmatch while walking.

It looks like a reasonable solution for those who want to do some gaming on their less-than-capable laptops.




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#2 9 years ago

Looks pretty cool, but I bet it will cost an arm and a leg. Most likely wont be worth a price difference between selling your old laptop and buying a new one and buying this.




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#3 9 years ago

$380 US. Not too bad, considering you can move one from laptop to laptop like an external HDD.




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#4 9 years ago

Hmm. For $380 you could get a considerably better quality notebook than you'd have if it justified buying that. Of course, if you have multiple notebooks, then it would be worth it. However, if you have just one, then I don't see the value.




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#5 9 years ago

You're not going to get much of a notebook for $380. Even the cheapest of the cheap Inspiron notebooks start at $400. The best you can get is a nice netbook for that money.




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#6 9 years ago
You're not going to get much of a notebook for $380. Even the cheapest of the cheap Inspiron notebooks start at $400. The best you can get is a nice netbook for that money.

I meant $380 more. This is also obviously under the assumption that you are considering buying the ViDock at the same time as you are considering buying a laptop.




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#7 9 years ago

Personally I think it defeats the purpose in a laptop. If your taking that why not just take any gaming PC - most these days are still only in Mid Chassis which are IMO as portable as a 17" laptop and a rather large brick. You can't use 'power plugs at a lan' as a reason to use a laptop. Laptop power + external graphics adaptor power + ehdd power (who goes to a lan without lots of room to gank movies etc :P) You end up with 3 power plugs... Or you can take one Mid Sized desktop and 17" LCD, and have less power plugs :P (Screen and tower) and have vastly better performance. Laptop and this thing fits in a bag, as do mid sized towers and a screen of equivilant size (17"). For the price, and the 'portability' of it, i'd rather take my Full tower PC places that would require such a graphics adapter.




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#8 9 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;4957581Personally I think it defeats the purpose in a laptop. If your taking that why not just take any gaming PC - most these days are still only in Mid Chassis which are IMO as portable as a 17" laptop and a rather large brick.

Work/school/web//long battery life/whatever when you're on the move without having to lug around a huge gaming laptop, but you still have the power to game at home for less money than the price of a reasonable laptop and a decent gaming desktop. Duh?