If you’re looking for an interesting DIY project this year and have an Xbox One S that you want to get rid of (unwanted Christmas present, perhaps?), you can try your hand at turning it into a laptop.
We’re not going to lie, this isn’t an easy project; it does need extra parts and some of the steps may require equipment hire. Yes, it’d be cheaper and less of a hassle to buy a pre-made computer, but how many of us have ever put together our very own laptop? It’d be a fun and enlightening project at the very least.
Over at The Ben Heck Show, the eponymous host used most of the major components of the Xbox One S (BlueRay drive, motherboard and hard drive) as the base for the laptop. He uses laser patterns to knock holes in the motherboard to give him more mounting options. Heck also cuts the aluminium base of the Xbox One S with a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to form part of the laptop chassis.
Heck then adds in a bunch of new components including a new power supply, smaller fans, a WiFi module and 3D printed bits for the chassis.
The Ben Heck Show has a lengthy video that guides you through the entire process. Even if you don’t want to go through with the project, the video is worth watching for tech enthusiasts.