Toteable PC Is Inspired By Macs Of Days Gone By

Back in the 1980s, the personal computer was a hip new thing, and the form this new technology would take was still up for debate. Back then, all kinds of weird clamshells, breadbins, and all-in-one designs hit the market, with the Apple Macintosh proving to be a successful example of the latter. Inspired by the Macintosh 128K that served as their first computer, [Arnov Sharma] decided to whip up a modern all-in-one of their very own.

It’s nicknamed the LATTEintosh, as it’s built around the Latte Panda 3 Delta. This is a single-board computer with an Intel Celeron N5105 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage on board. It’s capable of running full-fat x86 operating systems, and here, it’s running Windows 10.

The enclosure is a custom 3D-printed design of [Arnov]’s own creation. It sports a 7-inch HD monitor, fans for cooling, and speakers integrated into the case. Naturally, it’s got a handle on top to make it easy to carry, just like the Macintosh all-in-ones all those years ago.

There’s something to be said for a computer you can just pick up and carry away, and we love the boxy form factor. Sometimes a laptop simply won’t do, and we can imagine many engineers and technicians out there appreciating a build like this. We’ve seen some great all-in-ones before, too. Video after the break.

7 thoughts on “Toteable PC Is Inspired By Macs Of Days Gone By

      1. The 128k Mac was full of a CRT, floppy drive, and power supply. This has none of those, so why make it boxy unless you put something interesting inside? You could choose a popcorn maker instead of a GPU (or better yet, a GPU that makes popcorn), but why leave it empty?

        1. I’d argue there’s a GPU already there inside the Celeron processor package capable enough to give discrete GPUs from 10-15 years ago a decent run for their money.

          As to the empty space… Intel chips can get quite hot, probably hotter than the yee olde Motorola 68000/68020s that inhabited the originals. Leaving some room for air convection is probably a wise decision.

          Plus, there’s always the option of adding a small SSD or other peripheral. Stick a HackRF with rabbit-ear antennas in there or something. Just don’t fill up all the space, give the machine room to breathe.

  1. Nearly did something like this with my current desktop. The motherboard is a conventional AMD64 mini-ATX board… the monitor was 24″ LCD (Samsung LS24F350FHEXXY) with VESA mounting and could run off 12V. Not a lot of metalwork involved to drill 4 holes into the side panel to mount the monitor on and a few into the top to mount a handle.

    What stopped me was the fact the machine “lived” on my desk at work for a few years … the machine was my personal property but case modding during work hours would likely be frowned upon. The machine now lives at home, and only a few weeks ago, the monitor had an unfortunate with a fully-laiden tea cup. New monitor (Philips 241V) has its power supply integrated — still a possibility, but a little more work.

    That said, pointless as the machine doesn’t move much.

    Another option I suppose would be to use a mini-ITX cube case and mount a monitor’s base to the top of it to make something like the later iMac machines.

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