iPad too small or too locked-down for you? Build your own Mac Tablet!
There are three excellent Mac Tablet builds on Instructables already, so what sets my build apart from the crowd?
- The build is self-contained within the original Macbook body.
- Instead of using a Wacom tablet such as c4l3b or tqbrady's build, this tablet uses a modified Wacom TabletPC digitiser and stylus from a HP TX1000. Its much thinner and easier to modify.
- The optical drive, keyboard and trackpad get ditched for a USB hub and some funky peripherals...
The inspiration for this build came from the Axiotron Modbook (or nowadays, Modbook Inc's Modbook Pro), which turned a Macbook Core 2 Duo into a tablet. Whilst being the object of my affections for a few years, the price tag was just too great.
On launch, the Modbook's RRP was a whopping £1,649.
My build is currently topping out at £240.
The shopping list:
£150 - Macbook Core 2 Duo (2.16gHz, 80gb hard drive, 1gb ram) sold without battery or OS X, off eBay.
£25 - HP TX1000 Wacom Digitiser with cable, off eBay.
£25 - HP TX1000 Stylus and spare nibs, off eBay.
£20 - Wire, solder wick, flux pen from Proto-Pic
£20 - Second HDD Caddy
(Several other parts and accessories have been collected over the years and have been reused.)
You're probably excited by the cheap cost by now, so before we begin, here's a word of warning:
During this build, you will destroy a perfectly good Macbook. It involves cutting a huge hole in the display lid, tearing the keyboard to its basic parts, cutting parts of the chassis, and soldering/desoldering tiny wires which connect to the logic board. This build is not to be undertaken lightly!
That's it, that's all. Let's make a MacTab!
Step 1: Tools and Basic Knowledge
Here's a non-definitive list of the tools you will require for this build. Items in bold are a necessity, every other tool can be substituted with hand-tools and a bit of ingenuity!
Cutting and Shaping Tools
-Oscillating Multitool with cutting discs
-Dremel with grinding, milling and sanding discs
-Router, with bearing-flush bit and bearing-chamfer bit
-Various files and sanding paper
-Drill and drill bits
-Phillips #00 screwdriver
-Small flathead screwdriver
-Wire snips and wire strippers
-Flux, wick, solder (60/40)
-Wire shrink wrap
-Compressed Air Can
-Screen/Computer cleaning spray