Gaming on a laptop isn’t necessarily ideal. This is because laptops were meant to be portable, which means that the focus is on size and weight, less about thermal management which desktops have no problems accomplishing due to its size and support for larger (and multiple) fan units.

The smaller sizes of laptops also means that some components need to be shrunken down, like GPUs, for example. However, if you work primarily off a laptop but some of the benefits from gaming on a desktop, then Dell’s Concept Polaris could be an eGPU that might be worth looking forward to in the future.

For those unfamiliar, eGPUs are essentially external GPUs that can connect to laptops (or even desktops) to give them that extra boost in performance. With the Polaris, Dell claims that it will be able to fit off-the-shelf 16-inch GPUs and can be further cooled using Dell’s 240mm Cryo-Tech liquid cooling solution.

This isn’t the first time that Dell has attempted to create its own eGPU, but unlike the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, the Polaris will use a Thunderbolt 4 connection that will make it more compatible. It also doubles as a hub where it comes with USB-A and USB-C ports, and supports 2.5Gbps Ethernet connections. As it is a concept, Dell does not mention if they plan to make it a reality, so fingers-crossed!

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