A GitHub user named Penk Chen posted plans for a DIY laptop project on the platform, which he completed.
Named Penkesu, the device includes a 7.9 ”diagonal touch screen (400 x 1,280 pixel resolution), a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W minicomputer, a Li-Po battery and an Adafruit PowerBoost 1000C power source for charging.
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– Penk Chen (@penk) February 13, 2022
The case was made using a 3D printer, and the hinges come from a Game Boy Advance SP console.
Penkesu includes a mechanical keyboard, which is ortholinear, meaning it has all the keys arranged in rows and columns. It uses Kailh Choc V1 switches and an Arduino Pro Micro microcontroller.
Chen does not plan to introduce the device in series production.
A similar laptop was launched in 2009 by Sony. The VAIO P had an 8 ”diagonal display with a weird resolution (1600 x 786 pixels), an Intel Atom processor, running Windows 7 and had storage options between 20 and 256 GB, on HDD or SSD. The laptop was priced at $ 900.
Today there is GPD Pocket, a slightly larger device. It runs the Windows 10 operating system, has an Atom x7-Z8700 processor and 4GB of RAM.
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