Raspberry pi laptop


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by Jgwallace19 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:32 pm
I am building a raspberry pi laptop and have all the components but I haven't figured out a cheap way to make a nice clean looking case. What would you (the community) recommend?

P.S I have already looked into 3d printing but all the printers are too expensive, or don't have a big enough printing bed.

Thanks for your help,
Jesse
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by ame » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:40 am
How about some kind of briefcase, or a tool case, or a Pelican waterproof case? Or you could buy a child's educational toy laptop (for teaching ABCs) and replace the innards with your Pi and components.
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by dstuttgen » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:36 pm
Jgwallace19 wrote:I am building a raspberry pi laptop and have all the components but I haven't figured out a cheap way to make a nice clean looking case. What would you (the community) recommend?

P.S I have already looked into 3d printing but all the printers are too expensive, or don't have a big enough printing bed.

Thanks for your help,
Jesse


I remembered seeing this on Instructables. Seems like something you may be interested in.
http://www.instructables.com/id/LapPi-A ... i-Netbook/

Cheers, Dan
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by Kowebb » Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:40 pm
I'm currently trying to make a laptop too. But I want is to small, portable, and have at least a 5 hour run time. I haven't bought any parts yet but I want it to look kinda like a laptop. :)
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by dstuttgen » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:43 am
Kowebb wrote:I'm currently trying to make a laptop too. But I want is to small, portable, and have at least a 5 hour run time. I haven't bought any parts yet but I want it to look kinda like a laptop. :)


Well, check this out then.

Cheers, Dan

Geez, that's embarrassing! :oops: here's the link. http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/awesome-pi ... 1-12-2012/
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by lithium630 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:29 pm
This site has some info. It's meant more for gaming portables but it has some good info.

http://downingsbasement.com/my-guides/p ... ing-guide/

Ben Heck on the appropriately named Ben Heck Show on Revision3 also discusses making cases without a 3D printer.
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by Peeta Mellark » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:35 pm
Has anyone thought of using a SYNET7WID 7 netbook as a case?
http://www.squidoo.com/sylvania-netbook-upgrading

If it works please reply to my email at iedhhs52@gmail.com

you can get these for less than the 90 dollars listed on amazon at newegg.
if it works it coluld be a nice case with a sleek and compact design.

It would make a nice case for making a rpi umpc...

im wanting to build a mini rpi laptop for programming and general uses. ;)
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by Kowebb » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:56 pm
I've been thinking of building a custom case or using an old mobile DVD player. My case is 13x7 inches approx. It will cots with computer components incluses $156. I am also using high end stuff too.
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by lukek-aus » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:49 am
I've seen the Motorola Lapdock work really well. It may/may not be what you're after, but if you can get the right setup to match your needs, it works a charm.

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by Kowebb » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:11 pm
I've seen the Motorola laptock and don't really like it. I kinda want to make it from scratch. :)
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by Downing » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:34 pm
Hey Everyone!

So I've been getting a fair amount of traffic on my blog from this page, more specifically directly to my case making guide. First off, thanks for the interest and I hope it's helpful! :)

Second, as litho pointed out, I'm a console modder by nature but I've gotten into making enclosures of all sorts recently for not only custom portable video game systems, but also some PC and A/V wireless hardware as well.

I've yet to attempt any kind of Raspi enclosure but it's something that I think would be fun to get into.

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself and if anyone is in need of a custom enclosure, please be sure to let me know. I do everything from Vacuum Forming, to CNC and 3D printing and model design. Or if you just have any questions on your DIY projects and need a hand, I'm glad to help however I can. Thanks again and hope to talk with you soon!

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by hamrecycling » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:51 pm
That is really neat, looks like the bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse, good work :)
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by Peeta Mellark » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:58 pm
lukek-aus wrote:I've seen the Motorola Lapdock work really well. It may/may not be what you're after, but if you can get the right setup to match your needs, it works a charm.

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I would work, but it is too big for my likings. I wont have a chance to fit in my pocket.
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by Jgwallace19 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:11 pm
Thanks for all of your answers! I really didn't expect so many when I posted it. The tutorial on Instructables that dstuttgen linked me to was just what I needed! Thanks again!

- Jesse :D
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by JohnSnow » Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:50 pm
Kowebb wrote:I've been thinking of building a custom case or using an old mobile DVD player. My case is 13x7 inches approx. It will cots with computer components incluses $156. I am also using high end stuff too.


If the old dvd player idea works then can you say how uou did it? Thanks :D
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by P4d0uch » Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:08 am
I have made my portable pi from ?plexiglass?(I dont know if it is the right name for this material in the UK). It is pretty easy to work with. I have wanted good audio therefore the speakers are so big. It will have touch screen but im waiting for another one from ebay (this one is broken :( ) It is 21x18x3.5 cm big. The carbon-fiber vinyl will be on top too. And the middle frame will stay clear ( the scratches are there on purpose). more photos here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... sp=sharing Image
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by Allencraft1000pi » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:50 pm
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by kamal_Jufrie » Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:01 am
Are anyone have an idea for the speakers? I have searched but did not find the tiny size one but have good audio
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