You’ve heard of building your own PC, but can you build a laptop from scratch? The problem with laptops is that the components don’t meet certain standards. Hence, the closest thing to building a laptop is a RAM and possibly storage upgrade.
But with the help of special equipment, complete computers and 3D printing, you can create your own laptop. These six laptop kits and project ideas will help you get started.
1. Pi-Top Raspberry Pi DIY laptop kit
There are so many Raspberry Pi laptop project kits around, but which one is the best? We think it’s a Pi-top, a modular laptop with a slide-out keyboard. This is where you place your Raspberry Pi, connect it to the Pi-top connection module, and start using the computer.
Designed for portable productivity and Raspberry Pi experimentation, the rail mount system supports additional hardware. There’s also a cooling jumper to allow you to overclock the pi for better performance without overheating. The end result is an easy-to-use Raspberry Pi experience capable of completing any project you may be using.
2. DIY a laptop with cardboard and an old tablet
This DIY homemade laptop project is based on having a 10″ tablet and a keyboard. Oh, you’ll also need lots of cardboard, a decent knife, and a good supply of glue.
When cutting the map, take your time to plan ahead. In the end, most likely, your tablet and keyboard models do not match. Everything needs to be adjusted, even if it’s only a little. With some care, you can replicate this design on any old tablet — the thinner the better!
It’s easy to laugh, but there’s something genius about this project. The care that went into the design is clear, and relying on an old tablet is inspiring. You’ll need a keyboard and mouse, of course, but for a DIY laptop, this is better than most laptops.
3. Windows 10 laptop mini computer
For a truly compact DIY portable laptop, try this project that uses a LattePanda compact computer. You will also need an affordable IPS LattePanda display for this Windows 10 laptop.
The design also uses the standard wireless keyboard and mouse combo, much of which is based on an impressive 3D printer. You can find printable STL files on the Thingiverse developer page.
By the end of the build, you should have a Windows 10 Pocket PC smaller than a laptop. It might not be what you are looking for in a DIY project, but you will agree that it is impressive.