True. It's the integrated parts that increase the costs. And high quality external solutions are often expensive. Still, there aren't that many laptop screens that are high quality enough to warrant going through all that, except if the user only wants to use a single screen, which in this case would be the laptop's screen.
Yeah, there's definitely a lot of cheap TN crap on the market, especially with laptops.
I'd definitely consider it if I had (or could afford $2,500 for) an HP EliteBook 8740w with the DreamColor screen option, though. 17" of 1920x1200 IPS goodness...but then the 8760w screwed it all up by downgrading to 1920x1080 like damn near every other laptop these days.
And while I'm talking capture cards, there's the Micomsoft SC-500N1 for PCI-Express x1 slots that I wouldn't mind having in my desktop. Handles 240p RGB from retro consoles and arcade boards pretty well, but Micomsoft products are generally expensive and only sold in Japan...
Edited by NamelessPFG - 3/15/12 at 6:38pm