Although MacBook Pro laptops have never been as powerful as they are today, there are still many performance limitations for serious power users that rely on desktop-class specs for working (or playing) efficiently. For many, this usually boils down to the lack of serious graphics card power. With today’s professional design software, video games and virtual reality platforms demanding more power than ever, what gives?

Enter The Wolfe.

Created in a dorm room by a trio of Harvard students (sound familiar?), The Wolfe is a portable desktop GPU that contains desktop-class power for connecting via Thunderbolt to supercharge a MacBook or any other compatible laptop computer. The result is a dramatically improved desktop-quality performance –– the creators claim a 500 to 1000 percent performance boost –– on a laptop.

Made from injection molded ABS, the 7.8 in x 5.4 in x 2.6 in box weighs just 2 pounds (3.2 for the Wolfe Pro) –– meaning it can stash in a backpack or side bag when not in use similar to a large external storage drive.

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“Laptops sacrifice performance for portability. For more intensive tasks like gaming, VR, and high-speed rendering, your laptop is held back by it’s weak, mobile graphics processor. Because of this, you’re expected to use a bulky, expensive desktop computer for these tasks. If you can buy an external hard drive to easily expand your storage, why can’t you do the same for your laptop’s performance?”

The Wolfe contains an NVIDIA GTX 950 GPU – 768 cores operating at 1024MHz, for a peak compute power of 1.57 TeraFLOPS

The Wolfe Pro runs on an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU – 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak compute power of 3.49 TeraFLOPS

“The Wolfe began over a year ago in a Harvard dorm room when we realized how much we wanted, and needed, this to exist,” explain the creators –– AKA the ‘Wolfepack’. “Inspired by the online eGPU community, we built our first prototype in the summer of 2015. Our vision was to create an affordable, easy-to-use product that would change personal comp forever.”

The Wolfe starts at $399 over on Kickstarter.

Author

Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.