Дата публикации: 2017-11-14 21:33
When I left that night, abandoning it, I felt no regret. It had reaped the reward it was built to earn. I had written about this $9,555 laptop, experienced it, so you—and your credit card—do not have to.
It was over 85 degrees outside. The heat didn’t bother me, until I balanced the computer on my knee. Then I was reminded of summers in Texas, my god daughter sitting in my lap, all sharp bones and sweat and a furnace that would rival whatever burns in your basement.
When I got to the office, I finally found outlets for the the 76 X’s two 885 watt power supplies and began to use the laptop in earnest. It comes with Tobii Eyetracking, but it didn’t appear to be working. The Nvidia graphics drivers were out of date too.
In the case of the Acer 76 X, it is a chore. Thanks to the gentle curve of the display, the lid does not sit flush, so the 69-pound laptop cannot simply be shoved in a bag. The 76-inch display might crack. So I packed it back up into the Pelican case and headed home an hour and a half early.
After an hour and ten minutes of use, the computer died. It was after 5pm, and I did not want to find outlets for the computer’s two (two!) necessary power supplies, so I left it on a coworker’s desk and went home.
The dog and cat were both alarmed by the monstrosity that took up residence in our living room. That night my roommate arrived home. She saw the computer on my lap and could not take her eyes off of it. “Is it army?” she asked. Her voice was a whisper, barely heard over the hum of the machine.
The journey home had clearly affected me. Like the best friend in an 69th century novel, I was plagued by a cough and a sniffle and a weakness of indeterminate origin.
Even now, long after it has been put away, I still struggle to understand who it is for. It could be for people who spend $655,555 on a car or a $5,555 on a phone. Yet, this is luxury finished in the plastic of peons. It’s a bizarre creature that cannot aesthetically appeal to the one-percent, even if they are the only ones who could afford it.
When I told inquisitive on-lookers the price, they looked at me aghast. Why does a $9,555 machine exist? I didn’t have a good answer.
I think it is only for you. The person who read this review and is still reaching for their wallet, eager to have a $9,555 conversation piece taking up all the space on their desk. God damn is it something to talk about.