DIY #3: How to build your own laptop

January 26, 2007 by poeloq | 3 Comments
Filed Under Cool Gadgets, DIY, HowTo, Laptops

Laptops are quite diverse nowadays, you can have them small or large; black, grey, white or any other color really; rounded or edgy and so on. But really: in the end, even if you have on of those weird Swarovski models, they do all look quite the same. So how about building one yourself.

How to build your own laptopUntil my RSS Reader showed a BoingBoing article titledHOWTO make your own laptop PC“. I had never really thought of this before. Torquil Harkness from the UK was one step ahead this time and has completed his project of building his own laptop, using Mini-ITX components. On the project website he says, that he wanted to create a that he could upgrade at any time, which is a problem of existing conventional laptopsthey get old and you can pretty much through it away or flog it for a few dollars on eBay. His current model features a 2GhZ processor, 1GB RAM and a ATI Radeon 9200 128MB PCI graphics card. But as soon as technological advancement demands this, he can upgrade.

How to build your own laptopIt may not be as nice as many designer notebooks, but it sure will impress your gadget loving friends and amaze your other friends. He also points out that it could have been smaller, if he had used nano ITX.

Check out his project website for a howto guide and more pictures.

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  1. bob on September 11, 2007 3:57 am

    that’s ugly ut pracitical.

  2. bill on October 3, 2007 11:09 pm

    sheetz cool. nice tigs, polish, ?15inLCD? I am planning on making a 22luggable with subwoffer. prolly welded steel frame w/ alum pannels. ever use real carbon fiber? how did you do the hinges?

  3. bill on July 20, 2008 8:05 am

    sheetz cool. nice tigs, polish, ?15inLCD? I am planning on making a 22″ luggable with subwoffer. prolly welded steel frame w/ alum pannels. ever use real carbon fiber? how did you do the hinges?

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