The craze for steampunk is such the people go to any extent to buy them. And when there is this 'steampunkiness' among computers which are necessities in today's world, the mad rush for it is hard to stem. However, there are not many steampunk computers for sale in the world today. And so, most of the designers make one for themselves. Here is a list of the 10 most awesome steampunk computers. Some of them, you can order and buy. For the rest, you will have to beg, borrow, buy or steal from the creators!
On first glance, the Steamputer looks like an ancient computer retrieved from some sunken submarine! The emerald green simply stands out and it surely attracts the viewr's attention. However, closer examination will reveal an amazing detail in the work that has gone into creating this steampunk computer. The clockwork details on the keyboard and the copper pipes located on the monitor are realistic and work very well too. The computer comes along with a matching mouse that functions wirelessly.
2. Steampunk workshop
Here is an all-in-one PC that seems to have taken the time machine to get to the present. It has been made completely from brass, the noble metal of which a steampunk enthusiast never seems to tire of! The monitor stands proud like some grand trophy on its two brass legs which are located on a solid wood block. The mouse has been created of a mariner's telescope and is an awesome idea for a 'pointing' device! The keyboard that comes along with it has all-brass keys which have letters engraved on them. The wooden faceplate provides a lovely and elegant backdrop for the keys.
3. Nagy Datamancer Dynamotronic Computational-Engine
What is shown here is actually a Work-in-Progress computer which functions as well as any one of the modern day PCs. This is a time and age where mobility is an absolute necessity and small is beautiful. Even in such an age, this massive computational engine that has been created from the model of the very first computers seems to exercise some magic over the viewers and users alike. It may need more than 2 people to just move it but it is sure to move many more people into awe and admiration! Made by Datamancer, this machine promises to do all the functions of a modern PC. Its name too is fancy and steampunk.
4. Datamancer laptop
On the outside, this appears like a Victorian musicbox. However, opening the intricately carved wooden case brings one face-to-face with an awesome, steampunk laptop. The HP ZT 1000 takes a new avatar as a very special and limited version laptop which can be bought only on pre-ordering. A winding key kickstarts the computer with power. The faceplate of the keyboard is made in wood and the keys are all polished brass. The screen seems to be held by a golden chain like the bridges of the medieval times. It comes complete with a touchpad and the mouse-click buttons.
5. Underwood No. 5
If you are thinking that this picture has been photoshopped, it is time to change your opinion! The Underwood No.5 is a retrofit computer that has been encased in a 1924 typewriter. The typewriter was fitted with a mini USB keyboard of 77 keys. The steel from an old AT case has been used on a cardboard template to create this marvel. Of course, one would have to obtain a screen to run the computer and there are a host of steampunk ones available in the market. The CPU has been fitted within the small shell as well! The motherboard and other components inside are as modern as can be.
6. Motorized madness
Months of hard labor have been poured into the creation of this madness along with lots of money as well. The motorized madness is a steampunk CPU made completely from parts which resemble the inners of a motor. The purists frown upon the blue lights and LEDs which add a lot of modernity to this computer but isn't modernity too a part of steampunkiness? It must be said that the computer is rich in details and the intricate nature of the work is marvelous. Motorized Madness is eccentricity that borders along genius.
7. Dave Veloz's Mac Mini Mod
One of the best definitions of the term 'steampunk' has been that 'it is the common point or intersection between romance and technology'. The Mac Mini model created by Dave Veloz seems to authenticate that definition! The designer has made this steampunk computer to celebrate his love as a gift to his wife on their wedding! The brass keyboard has neatly arranged keys and a leather faceplate. The keys have engraved letterings and the screen too has an engraved frame. If you notice any flaw, just know that it is time for a polish! The computer definitely shows that old is gold!
You could call this as new wine in an old bottle perhaps! This creation from Russia is a full fledged computer. From a distance, it looks like a brewery and so it has been called the same name! There are valves, taps and hoses which have been fitted on to this computer CPU. A round porthole on the side makes an awesome display of LEDs . You have to toggle old fashioned, silvery switches to put on the system. Looking at it, you may wonder whether it actually works but the creators claim that it does. The Brewery is ready to serve you your applications and programs - hot or cold as you like it!
One thing that must be said about these steampunk machines is that they sure have awesome names. Here is a steampunk PC that has been named as the Telecalculograph. It functions as well as any other PC out there. The only thing is that at first sight it appears to be a mini blast furnace! At the base of the CPU is the highlight - literally a highlight - the flames of the blast furnace. These are actually indicators that have been designed to look like flames through a grill. In sync with the rising and falling graphs of the Windows Task Manager, the flames get brighter or dimmer and indicate the load on the computer's processor and RAM.
10. Ironwork Laptop
This laptop is such a marvel that it is little wonder that the Japanese created it. Steampunk in its finest and unadulterated form, this laptop has been completed in iron. While most of it is painted to prevent it from rust, a little bit of the brown powder adds to the effect does it not? The spacebar made completely from wood and the enter key that has been created from a brass bell add to the antiquity effect of the laptop. Of course there is a mouse pad on the side but the knob and ball look like they belonged to the steering apparatus on a pirate ship! The shock comes when you realize that it is a normal and fully functional computer!