Legos have been experiencing something of a renaissance lately. With adults now using their childhood building bricks in more creative ways than ever, it was only a matter of time before somebody decided to bring a portable, customisable, LEGO-based desktop computer into the world.
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And there's no one more fit for that task than Mike Schropp, the Total Geek behind the Total Geekdom website. Schropp has been building LEGO computers for years, from small home systems to massive multi-system farms. But for his first foray into constructing a saleable system, Schropp really outdid himself, going through many design iterations before settling on a compact 19.05 x 19.05 x 13.97cm system — practically as small as he could go and still fit the motherboard inside. His goal, he says, was to build something portable, endlessly customisable and packed with the power of a full desktop computer.
Oh, and did we mention the entire thing is made of LEGO?
Lego computer wired. Image: Mike Schropp
The base system, which starts at $US999, comes with an Intel i3-4360 Dual Core processor, 8GB of memory, a 120GB SSD, and an Intel HD4600 GPU. Three different cases (shown above) are currently available, each featuring a user-controlled LED light bar that encircles the top of the case and displays up to 20 different colours. You can learn much more about Schropp's design process, and check out the full specs and pricing for several different builds over at Total Geekdom. [Total Geekdom]