The first portable computers weren’t exactly compact or lightweight. DIY Perks’ briefcase PC follows in these footsteps, but the payoff for the heft is a high-end gaming PC with a wrap-around 144Hz triple display, a 16-core AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.
Ironside’s unique, limited-edition PC features a stained glass side panel decorated with Yggdrasil, a sacred tree from Norse mythology that was said to support the universe with its roots. LED backlighting brings the colorful scene to life. On the front, you’ll find a Celtic hammer medallion, and inside choose from four different levels of PC performance.
The 1980s gave us computers that shared a case with their keyboard. Pentaform’s Abacus returns to that by attaching a tiny Windows computer to its keyboard. It has an Intel Cherry Trail CPU with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0/3.0, Micro SD, and HDMI 2.0 outputs, as well as a trackpad and a 40-pin GPIO connector.
Martina and Hansi from Nerdforge needed a new computer for editing videos. Rather than go with some off-the-shelf PC, they built a completely custom system that looks like a medieval fantasy house. The structure is wood, covered with miniature bricks and foam accent pieces. This thing both runs Windows and HAS Windows.
HP’s high-end AIO desktop PC for 2021 has a 34″ ultrawide 5K display optimized for color accuracy. It tops out with an 11th-gen 8-core Intel i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and has Thunderbolt 4 support. It also has Bang & Olufsen audio, a repositionable webcam, and a wireless charger in its base. Drops October 2021.
Most people who want a portable gaming PC buy a high-end laptop. Russian builder Yolenzo created a gaming rig on a bicycle. The Exo Giga Bike packs an AORUS Z590I Ultra mobo, an Intel Core i5-11600K CPU, an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, a 2TB SSD, and 32 GB of RAM. They’re gonna need a really long power cord and HDMI cable.
Airplane enthusiast Peter Sripol’s followers gave him a challenge: Could he build an airplane that’s entirely propelled by PC cooling fans? After testing a few different fans and configurations, he came up with a lightweight design he was satisfied with. We wonder if it could be scaled up with more fans and batteries.