Yeah, yeah, yeah, steampunk stuff is tired. Just add some bronze, a few gears, and we'll automatically post about it, right? Well, I'll tell you what. You take a laptop, add some bronze and gears to it, and make something as incredible as Doc Datamancer's Steampunk Laptop. I'm guessing you couldn't do it, because this thing is a work of art. This isn't merely an aesthetic overhaul, either; you start it by cranking a key to engage a "custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts." It's one of the finest pieces of steampunk-customization we've ever seen. [Project Page via Gadget Lab]
@curiosa863: It's cool and infatuating for the same reason people drool over just about any custom object.
Someone did that by hand. They took something built by a machine in the twenty-first century and made it look like it was built by hand (cause it was) in the 1800s. Not only that, but as these builds get more intricate and progressive, the things that make them cool like old clock parts or nixie tubes are starting to take on true functionality. Imagine if the guy found a way to wind up the clockworks to charge the battery on that thing, or if all those gears in the top case performed some function. I bet the next person to do something like this will take these things into account, and make them better.
We all have an appreciation for things that are hand made, and when they're made really well, that's all the better.