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”.
The photos above are the prototype that I built about 5 years ago for my own amusement using inferior tools, a free laptop, and very little money. My abilities, resources and standards have grown tenfold since then and the new laptops will be loosely based upon the general theme of the original, but with much finer fit and finish and with emphasis on usability.
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.