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Raspberry Pi 3B-based mini laptop impresses with its 4-inch touchscreen and gaming ability

The finished RPi-based mini laptop project. (Image source: Igor Brkić)
The finished RPi-based mini laptop project. (Image source: Igor Brkić)
A Raspberry Pi enthusiast has managed to use one of the single-board computers as the basis of a mini laptop that looks amazing. The pocket RPi notebook features stripped-down components so that it could be assembled into its neat form, and the battery for the mini laptop was taken from a Xiaomi powerbank.

Raspberry Pi single-board computers have been cropping up in countless interesting gadgets and gizmos, but a mini laptop created by Igor Brkić based on one of these popular boards has to be one of the most impressive-looking devices built. The talented tinkerer used a Raspberry Pi 3B+ model that was slimmed-down for the project. For instance, the RPi 3 Model B+ usually sports four USB 2.0 ports, but the RPi laptop had to settle for just one.

As mentioned above, a battery from a Xiaomi powerbank was used in the RPi project and the builder also utilized a small Bluetooth-enabled keyboard. For the display, a Pimoroni HyperPixel 4 touchscreen was selected that offers wide viewing angles (IPS) and a decent 800x480 resolution. The bright red case for the pocket RPi laptop was created with a 3D printer.

The finished product, which is smaller (but much chunkier) than a smartphone, looks like it has been professionally made for the mass market. It’s not the first mini laptop made with a Raspberry Pi single-board computer at its heart, but it’s received a positive response from RPi enthusiasts and is another good example of the versatility of the inexpensive board.

The display is set on hinges. (Image source: Igor Brkić)
The display is set on hinges. (Image source: Igor Brkić)
The laptop is smaller than a smartphone. (Image source: Igor Brkić)
The laptop is smaller than a smartphone. (Image source: Igor Brkić)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-05-15 (Update: 2019-05-15)