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November 8, 2010

Tilt Screen Laptop Hack

at 3:55 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks

Check out the latest Ben Heck Show where Ben makes converts a cheap laptop into an airplane friendly laptop. This is to prevent the guy sitting in front of you from tilting your screen when they lean their chair back. After the hack the screen is able to be tilted up and over the keyboard giving you tons of clearance between you and the objects in front of you. Only thing is you better be a good at touch typing since you won’t be able to do any hunt and peck typing when in airplane mode. I ma not crazy about the fake wood grain finish that was selected for the build, I think I would have gone with flat black or even a crazy bold solid color like vivid blue but the effect is still very cool. Ben sure does have some steady soldering hands!


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3 Responses to “Tilt Screen Laptop Hack”

  1. Whatnot Says:

    The way he held that dremel and screw to shorten it.. I’m surprised he still had his arm afterwards.

    His show is interesting but you do have the feeling you miss a lot of issues he had to overcome and doesn’t mention, but the ones he does mention are interesting to watch since most of the time I’d do it differently and it gives you things to consider as alternatives.

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    True, I have had the same thoughts since when I build something it never goes that smooth. I can only think that lots of footage gets dropped to make for an interesting short show.

  3. Sariel Says:

    I was interested to see what he was going to do with the now open cords, but was disappointed to see that he just left them out in the open like that. I know it’s a first build, but the build quality just wasn’t there for me. Kudos though for doing this, its a great idea. I just thought he could have at least used a modular plug on the screen with a stripped vga/dvi cable to give it a sleeker look.

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