n3rd4u.com proudly presents an exclusive. Richard R. Nagy /aka Datamancer has started production for the famous Steampunk Laptop that you've seen featured in a gallery of steampunk creations on Newsweek.com (10/31/07), Wired.com entitled Steam-Driven Dreams (it's the 2nd & 3rd thumnails), a video segment on The Wall street Journal, in an article from The Boston Globe and referenced sites across the internet.
Please see his message below, and a specail thank you to Richard for allwoing the re-post of his email. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
Finally after all this time and thouands of inquires, the day has come....I'm going to start building and selling the famous "Steampunk Laptop"
These new versions will be better and faster than my original prototype, featuring cutting-edge internal components capable of running any of today's games and other software. They will also be much lighter and slimmer, so as to actually still be "portable" and as convenient as a standard laptop, and have a much more refined and professional design while retaining the elegant Victorian styling of my other work.
Several customizations will be available including a few different options for the design on the LCD lid including clockworks as seen on the original (except these will be semi-functional and spin), recessed gold foil maps, brass plates with a variety of designs engraved or photo-etched into them, and any other ideas I can think up along the way. I also plan to include a key-shaped USB flash drive with every laptop that will also open a brass lock on each machine. Why not add a little analog security to your digital device? You will also have several options as to the color of the wood stain from light oak to a dark red mahagony and anywhere in-between as well as key fonts, metals, LED colors and styles, etc, etc.
For the sake of standardization and in consideration for the extremely proprietary nature of Mac's hardware and software, I will probably only make a PC hardware version at first, but if you have your heart set on Mac, there are many simple ways to install the Mac OS on a PC laptop with almost no noticeable differences in function.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the laptops of this first exclusive batch, I am going to be opening up a pre-ordering system where you can place a deposit on one of these signed, numbered laptops. The laptops will take a little while to build, so as pre-emptive thanks for your patience, I will be offering a discounted price on this first pre-order batch, as well as only requiring a 50% deposit, as opposed to most pre-orders where you are required to pay in full. For pre-order clients, I will also be opening up a special mailing list where I will post frequent worklog updates, including exclusive private Youtube videos detailing the designing and building process so you can join in on the fun and watch your laptop being lovingly handcrafted.
The price on this first batch will be $5500, but the anticipated retail price for future batches will probably be $7500 or more, so don't miss out on this opportunity to be among the first to own one of these very unique and eye-catching computers at a discounted rate! If you have any questions or are interested in placing a pre-order deposit, JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
Thanks everyone and have a great day,