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    Default Modern Portable/Luggable case?

    I was just curious if anyone knew of a modern portable/luggable computer or case for sale that would accept an ATX motherboard. I'm not a big fan of laptops because of cramped keyboards, proprietary parts, and almost no expandability. I am always using a desktop but it would be nice to be able to essentially have a full desktop with built in screen I can take on the go. Just curious because I have a few nice modern boards without cases amd I'd love to have something like a modern Dolch or Compaq Portable 3. I've seen a couple online but they seem to be meant for very specific purposes and are thousands of dollars for an empty case

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    The only activity I've seen in this area is DIY'ers building a PC into a Pelican case -- no screen, but you could probably figure out a way to attach one to the inside of the lid. The actual cases that have LCDs built into the side are marketed for military applications and, as you found, cost a bundle.
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    Portable-PC cases are very application specific because of the (relative) low cost of ruggedized laptops, as Trixter pointed out.
    I'm sure there's a few OEM's that sell barebones case/screen assemblies to public/commercial entities but expect to be paying several hundred dollars still.
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    I bought a Dell 7000 17" laptop and the keyboard, except for the space bar and arrow cluster between the number pad and the main keyboard is full-size. Has USB-C so can add a dock with extra functionality.

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    the modern luggable is a laptop, just one on the high end of the size/weight scale. "portable workstation" is one of the names used for these larger high-power laptops. I have a Dell Precision M6700 which still has a lot of room for additional expansion -- only half my RAM sockets are currently used, and I still have an empty drive bay I can fill. I may have already maxed out the system's video capability by upgrading the Quadro K3000M video card to a K5000M; further video upgrades may require a new laptop.

    if you really want your desktop to be portable (and you're willing to give up the built-in screen and keyboard) they make carry straps that you can use to add a handle to your PC. In my experience these are typically used for LAN parties.

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    Built in handles, takes ATX.

    Not sure, but before rugged laptops (Toughbooks) came about I think the military had some portable desktops for whatever field use.
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