With branded laptops becoming more and more clichéd in terms of their hardware and software components, people are looking alternate ways of configuring a laptop of their choice. This has made them gravitate towards something called a barebones laptop. A barebones laptop essentially refers to any laptop which just has a screen, touchpad, battery and the motherboard installed in it. This system can , however, be upgraded to a configuration of the user’s choice by installing a hard disk, RAM, graphics card, DVD writer, etc.
How to build a barebones laptop
Providing users with a lot of choices, these barebones laptops are of great use for people working in specialized fields where the laptops need to be configured to meet precise demands. In fact, with the availability of DIY or do it yourself kits, configuring them has become even easier than a personal computer. In order to build this laptop, the following five simple steps need to be followed
- The back cover needs to be opened, the CPU socket accessed after removing the heat sink and the pipe and the processor installed. Once this is done, the heat sink and the pipe need to be replaced again.
- Next the RAM needs to be installed and locked in place properly with the spring mounted clip already present in the slot.
- The wireless card needs to be attached next to the motherboard and the antennae plugged in place.
- The hard disk needs to be slid into the metallic bracket available and screwed in place.
- Lastly, all opened casings need to be replaced, the battery inserted into the laptop and the power needs to be switched on for the laptop to start.
Tips for choosing a DIY laptop kit
Anyone wanting to build his own laptop generally has three options open to him. With each option having its own advantages and disadvantages, choosing the optimal one depends on the user.
- Buying a Barebones Kit: A Barebones Laptop kit generally includes the chassis of the laptop, the battery, motherboard and the screen. All the other components like the memory modules, the hard disk, graphics card etc. need to be purchased separately.
- Buying a complete DIY laptop kit: Some companies also provide the users the option to buy all the required components together.
- Constructing a DIY laptop kit from scratch: Users can also build their kits from scratch, right from fabricating the laptop casing to the power cord to be used.
Pros and Cons of a Barebones Laptop
Barebones laptop have two distinct advantages over the branded ones available in the market. They are
- Cost effective and
- Easy to customize.
Despite having two major advantages, barebones laptops are not as popular as they should be primarily because of the
- Lack of awareness among the general public and
- The difficulty faced by consumers in getting a good compatible graphics card.
However, correctives to these minor disadvantages are already in the pipeline and the day is not far when barebones laptops will see a huge splurge in demand with more and more users finding it easier to build a laptop rather than buy it ready made.