Laptop shells

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by Heeter, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi Guys,

    Where would be a good site to check out prices on empty laptop shells?
    I would like to build one.

    Thanks,

    Heeter
     
  2. LeeJend

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    There was an older post on building laptops. I think there were one or two places listed.

    Problem is that every laptop is a proprietary custom design (especially the displays) so you really can't buy the parts and build your own. The places in the other post were kind of kits. Prices usually end up higher with a build your own.

    What I've been toying with is the idea for a psuedo portable. Design it to be compact but use common off the shelf parts. The mini ATX cases are heading this way but nobody has really done it yet.

    Something like the original Compaq or osborne machines with detachable keyboard and LCD. One guy posted in here about a breifcase PC he was building. It would be ideal for LAN parties, going away to school, etc. They make industrial computers liek what I'm talking about but those are 10-15k each.
     
  3. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    There is a computer, mainly made for industry, that is pretty much a briefcase where one side detaches as keyboard with a TFT behind it. Don't remember where I saw it, but I'll take alook around.

    [edit] Found it, it's swedish and the page is in swedish, but look at the picture and you'll get the... eh... picture. :) It's called Olle btw.
    http://www.mapcom.se/devel/mapcom-slim-p4-cad.html
     
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    sweet, i had an idea like that a year or so ago when lcd's were starting to get popular. wouldn't be hard to mod a normal case like that. maybe even an matx one? hmm...
     
  5. LeeJend

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    Yeah, exactly.

    The only annoyance would be an attachment method for the keyboard and LCD so it closes up nicely. It'd be kinda snug in a mic-atx but a mini tower has possibilites, A cheap one (less metal and weight). Mount a carrying handle to the top.
     
  6. Zedric

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    Maybe you could mount the keyboard on a board, or even the side panel if it's appropriate. Maybe cram in the mouse somewhere to. :) The LCD might be able to use it's own foot somehow mounted to the bottom of the case if you get an LCD with an appropriate foot.
     
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    i would just say mount the lcd to the side panel so that it's actually mounted behind it/inside the case. so the side is just about flush. just have to make sure you have the couple inches of clearence behind the panel. but then interference might be an issue.
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  8. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Does anybody know where I can purchase empty laptop shells?
    I would like to build one myself.


    Heeter
     
  9. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    LeeJend allready answered. Apart from that I guess the answer is no, since noone else have posted.