Introduction: Laptop Handle

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In this instructable I share how you can enhance your laptop's portability with a handle.

Here is my Dell Latitude CPI, 6.2lbs of heavy duty portable computing. At 6.2lbs honestly it isn't very portable. I had to get a bag just to lug it around in. Recently I realized there must be an easier way and the Laptop Handle project was born.

Step 1: Pregame-Inspect the Laptop

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Here I am surfing up at Dave's property. The project is about ready get underway. Take your laptop to a well ventilated area.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

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1. Drill
2. Hole saw attachment

Pick a hole saw attachment that will make a hole large enough to comfortably carry the laptop when done.

Tools and laptop gathered, we are just about ready. We begin by removing the battery. Remember, safety first!

Step 3: Measure and Mark

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If you have a Carpenter's Square handy you can use it to measure where you want to make your hole. A level helps ensure that your laptop is level. Use anything convenient to mark where you want your handle.

Step 4: Pick a Good Place to Drill

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Having marked the spot with tape, Dave proceeds to mount the laptop on a divided surface to begin drilling. If you have two palates, use them, if not, any two raised surfaces will do. Make sure that they are low to the ground as you will need to stand above the laptop to get the correct angle.

Step 5: Remember, Safety!

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Be sure to hold the drill steady as the torque can rip it from your hands if you aren't careful. In this photo you can see Dave doing it right by securing the laptop and holding tight to the drill. Even after measuring you may need to eyeball where you want drill.

Step 6: Let the Drilling Begin

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We've made it through the cover and into LCD backing. Have a screwdriver, nail or other hard straight object nearby to dislodge junk that gets lodged in the drill.

Step 7: Progress 1

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A bit more drilling gets us to the front of the LCD screen. Drill carefully through it, slow is best as you don't want to crack the rest of the screen.

Step 8: Progress 2

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After few more minutes at the drill, you will get through the LCD and be into the keyboard. I know what you're thinking, "won't we need that later?"


Step 9: Clean Out the Drill

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If the internet gets stuck in the drill, take a moment to clean it out with the nail.

Step 10: Progress 3

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Drilling carefully will get you to the core of the machine. Again to the naysayers, in this age of virtualization, very little of the actual laptop will be needed later.

Step 11: Almost Done

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Now that you are through the back cover, most of the work is done. A little cleanup, replacing the battery and we should be back up in no time.

Step 12: Done!

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And here we are, back on the internets, surfing away. You will notice that the overall screen size is diminished. At first I was worried about this too, but after a few days of it I found it barely distracting as I surfed my favorite sites.

Step 13: Close Up of Finished Product

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Take a closer look at the new handle.

Step 14: Test Drive

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Here's Dave testing the fruits of our labor.

Step 15: The Verdict?

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The verdict?

Unmitigated success, fully functional and stylish. After this project you will likely be the only person you know with such a laptop.

Step 16: Conclusion

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Here it is, the new truly portable Latitude CPI.

Now this project should work with any laptop. If you feel inclined you can take a dremel tool and clean up the interior edges, though the plastic was pretty smooth after all the drilling. I would suggest taking a moment with a vacuum and cleaning out the extra shards of plastic from the keys and screen, it will be worth your time though not strictly necessary.

I hope you enjoyed the project, best of luck on your own laptop!


3366carlos (author)2016-01-22

awesome, I need to do that

EdwardS29 (author)2015-10-15

Great way to turn about $1200 of computer into toxic garbage.

laptop_keys (author)2015-07-27

Fantastic instructable on how to enhance the laptop's portability with a handle.

A543432321234 (author)2013-12-13

Not exactly what I was thinking of...

letstormdufield (author)2012-08-20

Great Instructable! Worked perfect for me, but I dropped it the next day and it broke :(

techboy411 (author)2012-01-07


IdealL (author)2011-04-28

The lap top has two uses now:

1. It has a handle.
2. it is now a live video camera.

IdealL (author)2011-04-28

Once you take out the internet from the drill, save it for a project later on.

laxap (author)2010-11-30

Very funny!

You somehow inspired me for this one:

your dog (author)2010-11-22

This is actually an improvement from the other Funny Instructables (Part 1). You used your own pictures with a funny idea that wasn't just weird.

kbhasi (author)2010-10-22

You're a big FAIL. I looked closely at the pic and saw that the power indicator wasn't on at all!!!

DIY Dave (author)2010-08-16

That looks like the laptop I'm using right now.

bachterman (author)2010-03-03

fantastic work! i think i'll ventillate my laptop like this, too.

Colonel88 (author)2009-10-06

Bring this to a business meeting. "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!?" You reply, "Maybe, but do u like my new laptop?!?"

gerthedj (author)2009-09-23

Hi I tried this on my new alienware laptop and now it wont turn on any ideas??

SubzeroFusion (author)2008-11-18

o_O GAAAAHHHHH. how could you do that to a laptop!!!!!!

I think he explained it pretty well in the instructable...

jmacfarlane823 (author)2009-08-20

lol i have this same laptop:P

Warlrosity (author)2009-07-21

This is great! I did ot to my dads plasma tv my mums acer mu sisters ds and my lg kp500

aphrael (author)2008-07-21

that's awesome! we have the exact same laptop as a display object to sell ergonomic laptop stands at my work. This is much cooler though :P tanx for the laugh :)

jopensopen (author)aphrael2008-07-22

I'm glad you liked it. Dave and I had a lot of fun doing it. Sounds like you need to take a hole saw to work and, ummm upgrade the laptops ;)

aphrael (author)jopensopen2008-07-22

you know, my boss would probably get a kick out of this too... if you see how many cubic meters of computers and screens we throw in the dump every year, we might as well have some fun with them :P

jeffconnelly (author)aphrael2008-12-11

If you want to put those computers to good use, donate them to the nearest school. Schools are always dealing with ancient computers, mix-and-match equipment, and, well, bad computers. don't just throw them out or recycle them, give them to someone who can extend their useful life. sorry if this sounds a bit harsh, but throwing usable computers in the dump is idiotic. Schools, especially with the recent budget cuts, are short on computers, and some people are throwing them away. I would be very grateful if you would mention this to your boss, or whoever handles the "how many cubic meters of computers and screens we throw in the dump every year, we". Thanks, Jeff

aphrael (author)jeffconnelly2008-12-11

Hi Jeff, thanks for your concern. Actually, the machines we throw out are usually the ones you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy, let alone the poor kids in schools. At this time we're at a point where we got rid of most of the really really old stuff, donated the halfway decent stuff to someone who's gonna take it to Africa, and giving the remainder to any employee who asks. So right now all that is discarded is either some stray ancient machine or broken pcs that are gutted for parts. So it's not as bad as it sounded, although in volume it still amounts to a lot...

Rimwulf (author)aphrael2009-06-19

Fedora Linux distributors has a sponsored laptop
you buy one they donate one to a child in Africa.

oldsnake (author)aphrael2009-01-03

Only if you live in a place where there isn't a freegeek business alike.
Trash to you, gold to geeks.
Check it out:

Portland, OR

Rimwulf (author)jeffconnelly2009-06-19

Where do you think a lot of the second hand computers come from? Schools are the most wasteful when it comes to computers.

CybergothiChe (author)2009-05-27

yeah booooooooy! sweet! ha ha ha. love it, yeah! good one! YEAH

louieaw (author)2009-05-25

aren't you mr clever

sathiyarajd (author)2009-04-01

nice joke

cotton (author)2009-03-22

i knew sumthing was wrong when i saw the old windows tag on it the wieght ad the stile and the drill

adamsdead (author)2009-02-23

Its a good thing I read completely through this before I did anything -.-

TheShawMaestro (author)2009-02-17


tokymaru (author)2009-02-01

with all the unnecessary junk removed, will my toshiba satellite run faster?

Walikai (author)2009-01-18

GAHH, well, at least its a dell..

mettaurlover (author)2009-01-09

how would you type if you did that? wouldn't it be just a little bit hard to type?

cheerioking (author)2008-08-03

Does this work with macbook pro's? I don't know if this is compatible with osx or if I have to have xp? Please let me know since I have started to drill and am about 1/2 way done.

If not then try linux.

Give it a shot with VMware. If that doesn't work just back up your system and do it in Boot Camp.

Colonel88 (author)2008-12-21

yes.What a waste of a laptop.Funny though,

ubr.bzkr (author)benthekahn2008-12-19

LOL i love blendtech!

Obediah (author)2008-12-17

Does this void the warranty?

phant0m_sp00f3ra (author)2008-12-15

man i just did this to My Macbook pro and i luv it even more!! LOL U ROCK!

=SMART= (author)2008-12-12

HAHAHAHAHHA best instructable ever !!

robomaniac (author)2008-07-31

MAN! I have problem with step 12! I can't get my laptop to boot! Can you help me? My parents were asking what I was doing in the garage with my new XPS. Please reply ASAP! I have a home work to finish.

Patented (author)robomaniac2008-12-06


Sandisk1duo (author)robomaniac2008-08-01

try technical support!

If this was a joke, haha. If this was serious, HAHAHA! But it's a joke.

elcure (author)2008-07-26

Not a real Instructable. This is a slap in the face of the spirit of this website. We are checking this to learn how to be more efficient with the things we have at hand, and not "how to break things in a funny way". Let those non-sense to "will it blend". A waste of time looking at that. I'm sure that old laptop had many good pieces that could have been used. What a shame!

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