I think that if Cobb were to get some tuners on board and show that the Accessport can make safe power comparable to the current standard, it may do better. The price is still highly prohibitive, given the proliferation of very effective, low-cost, custom, e-tunes, but it would definitely appeal to those without laptops.
The Cobb brand does carry some weight, but not enough to make a difference in light of the product, and not enough to equal its impact in the Subaru community. Initially, there was some talk about the Accessport supporting other tuners' maps, which would have made it more viable, but that idea seemed to have died, too. If Cobb could ave partnered with a respected Evo tuner, perhaps the market perception would have turned the other way.
Edit: Here's a link to the Accessport forum on EvoM. Notice the dispersion of the threads/posts and the number of individuals participating.
I live Upstate.BTW: what part of NY you from?