Laptop manufacturers have focused on making systems thinner over the years. A pair of DIY YouTubers became unhappy with that trend and decided to go in the opposite direction. Just for fun and to see what it would look like, they built a monstrous 43-inch gaming laptop from scratch. The finished product looks like you’d expect a gaming laptop to look with LED lighting and a huge display. However, it’s not the most practical computer, weighing 100 pounds.
The heart of the laptop is a 43-inch TV that was screwed into a plywood frame via its VESA mount. That type of wood was also used for the computer’s base and is what makes the thing so darn heavy. Aluminum “arms” along the edges connect to custom-made hinges to allow it to open and close. The notebook shell is two inches deep, which was the primary limitation on what hardware could power it. The display also needed a power source, so they outfitted it with three batteries: one runs the display, one powers the computer, and the third is for the LEDs.
With the shell constructed, they did a dry run to see if it would boot and offer enough power to run games. Surprisingly, the portable batteries worked fine, with the host saying the system consumes around 260W under full load. Powering the monstrosity is an Intel NUC 11, according to HotHardware. This mini PC features a quad-core Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake processor and an RTX 2060 GPU. Despite being only 1.65 inches tall, the NUC still has a decent amount of power. Its CPU even has a maximum boost clock of 4.7GHz. Plus, it has a Turing GPU and can handle light ray tracing.
With everything running smoothly, it was just a matter of custom printing 3D brackets to hold the parts in place. Then they had to polish it up to make it aesthetically pleasing. Finishing it off is a massive keyboard of unknown providence. However, it’s proportional to the rest of the notebook and fits right in. There’s also a built-in trackpad and tiny windows on the deck to let them monitor the batteries tucked inside.
On the one hand, the project was a success, but it would be interesting to see if they could make it lighter by using more plastic instead of wood. However, that might not be rigid enough to keep the chassis from flexing. As the hosts note, you must put a pad on your legs to use it as a laptop. Also, its size requires two people to open the panel, so it’s not practical.
The project is reminiscent of the world’s biggest Xbox Series X. That was equally ridiculous as it was almost 7 feet tall and weighed over 250 pounds. Still, it was a legit Xbox and got certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. As far as we can tell, the 43-inch laptop has not been awarded any “world’s largest” certifications. The couple says you can buy the “BFL laptop” for three easy payments of $999, although it’s just a parody ad.