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YouTubers build a monster 43-inch gaming laptop

The BFL is built around a 43-inch TV screen. (Image Source: YouTube)
The BFL is built around a 43-inch TV screen. (Image Source: YouTube)
This wacky DIY project uses a 43-inch TV as its screen, and the computing power is provided via an Intel NUC 11 with i7-1165G7 processor and RTX 2060 dGPU that is hidden under the keyboard together with three high capacity batteries, which can sustain 260 W in full load.

YouTuber couple Evan and Katelyn came up with a crazy DIY project involving maybe the biggest laptop ever. How big? Think 43-inch big. The monster was named BFL (Big Fun Laptop) and it all started with the screen that is actually an LCD TV. Then a chassis was built around it, complete with personalized logo and some RGB light strips.

The chassis includes aluminum extrusions with two big hinges. Plywood was chosen for the upper and lower lids, while ABS sheets with a touch vinyl were added on the interior. Nevertheless, Evan and Katelyn tried to keep the laptop profile at a reasonable thickness, so they needed to find pretty compact components including three batteries that can provide enough power for a 260 W load.

One of the batteries is powering the screen alone, a second one is for a mini PC plus the peripherals attached to it, and the third one is for the LED strips. Of course, all these components needed to be fixed in place with a bunch of 3D-printed brackets. At the heart of the BFL lies a NUC 11 mini PC with Intel i7-1165G7 processor and RTX 2060 dGPU. Certainly not the fastest NUC, but a TSP of over 300 W would have probably needed four batteries. There is also a USB hub and a pretty big mechanical keyboard that still feels small for the laptop size.

It looks like the total thickness is around 4 inches, which is fair enough all things considered. The problem is its weight. This monster laptop is failing the portability test with flying colors as it weighs around 100 lbs (45.35 kg).


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Bogdan Solca, 2023-03- 2 (Update: 2023-03- 3)