Enough Waiting, Here’s How to Make Your Own Windows 8 Tablet
By McKinley Noble
Although CES didn’t exactly signal the advent of Windows 8, the touchscreen-centric OS is definitely on quite a few developers’ minds. Of course, until the complementing tablets finally come out of hiding, everyone else is left twiddling their thumbs. But if you happen to have special access to the preview version of the system software, you can simply create your own Windows 8 tablet — from spare parts, no less.
As shown over at Instructables, one tech-savvy modder turned an old-looking Toshiba laptop into a working Windows 8 tablet with little more than a screwdriver, tape, some glue, and a couple small planks of wood to give everything some breathing room.
While other YouTube videos have popped up with footage of people using “do-it-yourself” Windows 8 tablets, this one is fairly straightforward about the building process, and isn’t overladen with subtitles in neon font colors or loud dance music.
Simply remove the bezel from the screen, discard the rear lid, set the screen over the bottom half of the laptop, and adjust the cables so that they’re not flying everywhere. Keep in mind, you’ll probably want some extra plastic on hand to cover-up the outer edges and make everything look neat and tidy. Also, your mileage may vary slightly depending on the laptop you’re using — naturally, a faster machine will make for a better touchscreen experience and noticeably less lag.
McKinley Noble is a former GamePro staff editor, current technology nerd and eternal mixed martial arts enthusiast. He also likes Japanese sports dramas and soap operas. Follow him on Twitter or just Google his name.