Ben Heck’s Wii laptop on Engadget

[Ben Heckendorn] put together this little beauty on engadget. It’s not quite as over the top as the XBox 360 laptop, but there’s a reason for that. He’ll be putting up a How-To series covering the construction. If you’ve been pondering building a portable yourself, it’ll be a nice jump start for your hardware hacking skill-base.


  1. danadamkof says:

    It would be 100x as awesome if he didn’t only include the crummy composite video for external display

  2. average joe says:

    it will be interesting to know what has he done to the sensor bar.
    anyway, good job by ben.
    He is our very own Jesus.

  3. Cory says:

    Look above the screen, i’m betting the sensor bar is run through ir leds in those holes.

  4. h_2_o says:

    neat, yes but no where near as nice or as clean as the xbox360. dont get me wrong it is a cool mod, however after seeing all his previous work this one is lackluster at best. Look at the way the AV ports shoot out the right hand side and are not flush at all. Also the way the minotor housing isn’t made to be flush with the top. compared the the xbox360 laptop this is just kinda half hearted together it looks. I’m sorta disappointed in this one.

  5. TJ says:

    The composite-only video is very odd, considering that the Wii composite cable can be used as a component cable simply by switching the pins around on the connector.

    Having a slide switch to go between composite and component output (assuming he wanted to only have one set of RCA jacks) would probably have been one of the easiest parts of the whole mod.

  6. rectifier says:

    You will notice in the video, that in fact the sensor bar is in the top of the display, above the screen.

  7. wolf says:

    looks a little bulky, considering the relativly small size of the wii…

    Also, while i understand the novelty of making something portable, there are next to no places you’d ever be able to play it where you wouldn’t be just as well of with a stock wii. Although by nature the wii could never really be fully portable due to the need for the console (through the sensor bar) to act as a referece point, without batteries, the only difference between this and a stock wii is the 7″ screen , which, given the distances and movement necisary to operate the controler comfortably, would be practically unuseable

  8. Alex says:

    So what happened to Ben Heck bagging out the Wii in the interview? Came around pretty quick once he played it hey…

  9. Spanky says:

    It’s pretty cool how quick he came up with this little bundle of fun. I’m still working on a way to get a PS1 to play a decent game ;) lol

  10. Unkown says:

    I don’t think much of this at all. Not up to Bens standard in any way. He could have a least sunk the video ports in a little.

  11. Not to whine, but why does engadget get first crack at ben?
    I mean we’re hack-a-day, it’s a little more up our alley.

  12. Grey Hodge says:

    I agree with comment 5. Compared to the rest of his work, this looks hackish.

  13. Andy says:

    The design lets this down, which is most unfortunate as Ben’s other projects kick ass. ‘Laptop’ – I don’t really see you putting this on your lap. Should have just integrated the monitor (a bigger monitor) into it rather than having it flip up. Then you can just stand it up, have a better view and it wouldn’t look so ugly. Should have just used 1 plastic rounded casing for all of the components, including monitor.

  14. ... says:

    I think the reason that this one looks subpar is that he is planning to have people replicate it, so he couldn’t do as much of the insanly complex work that he normally does.

    “Starting next Tuesday we’ll be doing a multi-part How-To with detailed instructions for building your own Wii laptop, as well as loads of photos of the construction process.”

  15. kh says:

    Now people can throw the Wii laptop around instead of the controller. Kids hopping around in the back of the car/van playing the Wii… !! Great

  16. Digital says:

    I can see it now. You’re bored on the quad at college, whip out your wii laptop, step back a couple feet to get your game on, and BAM!!! Someone runs by and scoops up your new toy. Bye bye blackbird eh.?

  17. Cody Cox says:

    Thats nar-lee dude!

  18. Cody Cox says:

    Dude, you freaking smart!

  19. Cody Cox says:

    How do you do it dude?

  20. Cody Cox says:

    I like the ps3 laptop the best dude..

  21. Cody Cox says:

    I meant your freaking smart dude.

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