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DIY upgradeable laptop – bling blang, it’s aluminium man


Torquil Harkness decided to build his own upgradeable laptop computer as a protest at the scarcity of good, cheap DIY laptop cases on the market. We share his angst. Repeat after us kittens, homebrew good, factory mediocre. Anyhoo, he’s ended up with a 2GHz machine with an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card, all of which can be upgraded as tech improves. And it’s shiny, dude!

 This, my first original computer design came out of frustration and I hope one day we will see a case that allows people to bolt together their own laptop in a weekend – and not have to spend days in the shed annoying the neighbours…With a Nano-ITX mainboard and no external graphics card it could almost be as small as a regular laptop, but that was not my plan. It needed to be as powerful as a regular desktop or I could not use it every day for office applications and games.

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