Your gaming PC doesn’t need to be a towering tower dominating your desktop these days, as there are plenty of alternatives on the market. You can get small form factor PC cases, go handcrafted with Valve’s Steam Deck, or mod a mechanical keyboard with a laptop motherboard, dedicated graphics, and Windows 11…just because.
Engineer Carter Hurd is known for his weird and wonderful inventions, from a robot made of mushrooms to the world’s first concrete gaming PC, but the latest creation is as practical as it is wacky. Not only does the chonky gaming keyboard look like a computing concept brought to life, it’s something Hurd uses as a primary PC, including for playing games.
The project is rooted in the CyberDeck, which is a generic term for a small all-in-one device with a foldable screen and – more often than not – a mechanical keyboard. Unlike its predecessor, you can’t close the lid on this hybrid, as it sports a much stiffer typewriter appearance, but it offers the option of adding a portable display above the ultra-wide gaming monitor. integrated.
While Framework’s modular components are now available for purchase and would potentially make the building process a little smoother, this isn’t your everyday mod.
Hurd uses an Iqunix OG80 Wormhole Wireless Gaming Keyboard with TTC Gold Pink mechanical switches as its base, which they describe as “horrible to take apart”. They then attach it to a custom 3D printed chassis that raises it just enough to fit into the motherboard and Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti mobile graphics card salvaged from a used $400 HP gaming laptop. . Even after cutting the NVMe SSD in half, it still protrudes, requiring another 3D printed attachment to protect it. The rough look with external components sticking out gives it a Fallout 4 aesthetic that adds to the charm, but it’s not something you’d see on shelves.
After so many tinkering, adding an RGB PC fan to the CPU and flipping the motherboard, Hurd tells us the thermals are compatible with the original laptop and you can expect comparable performance. to those of the console in some games. “My primary game is Deep Rock Galactic, and I get around 45fps with that game on high graphics,” says Hurd. “I also play Cyberpunk, but as we all know a 1650 ti is less than ideal with this game. things stay smooth.
For most people, the Asus Zenbook Duo or Asus Zephyrus Duo will serve a similar purpose by letting you browse Spotify and follow game guides on the second screen without having to build it yourself. That said, there’s a lot of fun seeing these kinds of concepts come to life, even if they’re one-of-a-kind.