who uses their laptop primarily for gaming?
Thats probably the reason why so few laptops come with dedicated solutions. People aren't expected to play games on the laptop.
I like abuse all my hardware and make it do everything it's not supposed to. I have used modems as telephone extension cables before... (hey it works
Having said that, I still think laptops should be equipped with some decent graphics horsepower. I could very eaisly go on a rant here about how many other applications, like the OS's GUI should have some sort of hardware accelleration, but of course I won't this isn't the place and no one will listen to me anyway
I just find it unfair to bundle GPU's that could be beat with the high end solutions of 2001 with todays smoking fast cpus. It just pains me to see that. Both a 700$ and a 2000$ laptop will have the same graphics solution. If someone wants to play the odd shooter or sports game in 2 years from now, it won't look very nice at all.
Mine is gonna basically replace my desktop entirely for everything except gaming and maybe a few other intense tasks. If I'm going to dish out 1500$ for a laptop though, I'd like to at least be able to throw a recent game at it and play it appreciably from time to time.
I was discusted when my friends' brand new IBM (1.4Ghz Centrino) with Intel Extreme graphics 2 was hiccuping on C&C Renegade (2001). The game appeared to run fairly smoothly, but jerked very noticeibly every 4 seconds. It did have the excuse of being a business laptop though. Point being, the performace could be equalled by a midrange desktop system from 5 years ago. Not cool.
So much for not going on a rant....
P.S. The game ran very smoothly on the lowly Mobility Radeon 9000 on another laptop. The cpu was a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4-m (not pentium m), but the game still ran very well when underclocked to 1.6 Ghz. Surely a Pentium M 1.4 is better than a P4-m @ 1.6, yet the latter mopped the floor with it gaming wise due its dedicated graphics solution. And its only a radeon 9000!