Barebone Laptop

A barebone laptop is one that is one that is built from various parts at a computer shop as opposed to purchasing a mainstream computer at a national retailer. You have to purchase the processor, hard drive, memory and other hardware on your own. There are many do it yourself kits out there that help make this possible. Benefits of these devices include unique styling, customization that is flexible, easier to resell and value retention.

A few things to ask yourself are why you would want a do it yourself laptop? If you are just a basic user who needs to get form point A to point B, there are very few benefits to dealing with a laptop that you have to put together yourself. However, if you are a video gamer or a computer expert, you probably won’t want to do it any other way. Bear in mind, however, that barebone laptops have a long way to go before they offer the kind of options you get with a barebones desktop. The do it yourself kits out there now seem to pick all the pieces for you, except for RAM, memory and operating system. This includes a graphics card which, ironically, would be something gamers would be most interested in customizing.

Below are a few example of DIY barebone laptop kits:

  • The Barebone Turion supports the AMD Sempron and Turion processors with up to 2 gigabytes of ram. Features include the NVIDIA C51MV chipset, a built-in Super-Multi drive, a 15.4-inch monitor an integrated graphics controller and a 6 cell lithium-ion battery.
  • The Compal devices include the Intel Centrino 2 platform, 14-15-inch monitors, NVIDIA GeForce cideo cards, and come have integrated graphics, sich as the JHL91 and JHT01.
  • The Asus barebone works on the Intel “Santa Rosa” platform and offers a 13-inch monitor and 14-inch monitors and some work with graphics cards.
  • The Asustek ASMobile Z84Jp offers a 17-inch monitors, 4 GB of memory and a Nvidia GeForce graphics card for 512 megabytes of VRAM.

These kits are considered relatively easy to assemble. The hard drives are often pre-installed with an operating system, so if you are handy with a tiny screwdriver and you don’t break anything, you can have a DIY barebones laptop assembled in as soon as 10 to 15 minutes. All motherboards and cables are almost always hooked up ahead of time. All you do is install memory, hard drive, the wireless network and any other bells and whistles you may require.

People with laptops are known to complain that there are still not enough options out there for do it yourself and barebones laptops. Companies are increasingly offering their own do it yourself kits that provide the body of the laptop, the keyboard, etc., but leave the user to provide things such as RAM, operating system, and hard drive and hiring a professional to put it together or put it together themselves.

The problem some say is that the DIY laptops are still a long away from being as able to put together as the situation is in the laptop world. Many complain about the lack of customization for the very fact that so many of the parts are provided by the company with little customization. Users get trapped until using a specific graphics card, and this upsets a lot of customers. For those who just use the computer for business, the do it yourself doesn’t serve much of a purpose. Alternatively, those who would benefit from the perceived customization a DIY allows will be trapped by the limited range of customization they are allowed. The DIY laptop still has a way to go before it finds its core audience ad is as beneficial as the barebones desktops are.

This Barebone Laptop Review is Written/Updated on Jan 6th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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