Few people can afford a Datamancer laptop and fewer still have the drive to spend hundreds of hours modding their own Steampunk PCs. But if the old-timey, distressed aesthetic of Steampunk is truly gaining a foothold in the mainstream imagination, it seems likely to materialize with smaller-scale mods like Tom Mordasky's "Clockwork Powerbook."
Starting with an Apple Pismo Powerbook, Mac modder Mordasky used a utility knife to cut through the soft plastic lid of the notebook and fitted in his pre-assembled collection of eBay-purchased clock parts, aluminum sheet metal, gloss and bronze paint. Voila! A simple but elegant Steampunk accent for a popular consumer latptop.