You’ve seen just about every strange gadget and accessory, now check out these creative laptop mods. Which ones are your favorites? If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment.
This person took his broken iBook 500 and crammed it inside a composition notebook-style case. Unfortunately, it needs an external display and power supply to function. [Source]
4. Hanging Laptop Digital Painting
Here’s an interesting project: turn your old laptop into a hanging digital painting. With a wireless keyboard and mouse, you’ll be able to surf the internet in style.
Take your old laptop, matte it, frame it, and convert it into a hanging framed digital lcd screen to do with as you like.
3. Wooden Laptop
The plastic shell on this old Dell laptop was replaced with a “wooden one” — made entirely of wood and leather. It runs Linux and took around 4 months to complete. [Source]
2. Touchscreen Boombox
This Touchscreen Boombox PC combines a Hitachi TRK-8200HR and Fujitsu Stylistic 1200 Color Tablet PC into the sleek retro package you see above. Powered by Windows 98, this notebook features a 20GB hard drive, 802.11b Wi-Fi, internal webcam, 4 USB ports, and a “custom desktop to keep original aesthetics”.
1. Atari 800 XE Laptop
Ben Heck — creator of the NES Micro and Portable N64 — gives us an up close look at his custom Atari 800 XE laptop, which was completed last year. It features a CF card reader, 8-inch TFT display, dual speakers, a full keyboard, joystick ports, and integrated Atari controls.
Honorable Mention – $336,557 Laptop
This isn’t exactly a mod, but interesting none the less. What makes this laptop worth $336,557 USD? To start, the circular shaped Tulip E-Go laptop has brilliant cut diamonds which are pave set with “surgical precision”. Plus, it also features an AMD 64 Turion Processor, 1GB PC3200 DDR RAM, ATI Radeon Xpress X200 Graphics Card, 100GB SATA Hard Drive, and 12.1″ Widescreen WXGA Display.[Source]
Honorable Mention – Laptop LCD with a VGA Connector
Finally, a user over at MacBidouille has managed to create an interface that lets you re-use an old LCD screen via a VGA connector.
“The thing might appear straightforward, but this project, started in December 2004, only has just succeeded, with the assistance of Bladebillou and other members for the realisation of the PCB and the software part.”