Introduction: Laptop Handle

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

Here I am surfing Instructables.com 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


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

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

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!

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

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

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

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?"

No.

Step 9: Clean Out the Drill

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

Step 10: Progress 3

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

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!

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

Take a closer look at the new handle.

Step 14: Test Drive

Here's Dave testing the fruits of our labor.

Step 15: The Verdict?

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

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!

Comments

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3366carlos made it!(author)2016-01-22

awesome, I need to do that

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EdwardS29 made it!(author)2015-10-15

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

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laptop_keys made it!(author)2015-07-27

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

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A543432321234 made it!(author)2013-12-13

Not exactly what I was thinking of...

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letstormdufield made it!(author)2012-08-20

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

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techboy411 made it!(author)2012-01-07

YOU DESTROYED A PIECE OF HISTORY

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IdealL made it!(author)2011-04-28

The lap top has two uses now:

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

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IdealL made it!(author)2011-04-28

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

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laxap made it!(author)2010-11-30

Very funny!

You somehow inspired me for this one:  https://www.instructables.com/id/iPhone-Stand-1/

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your+dog made it!(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.

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kbhasi made it!(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!!!

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DIY++Dave made it!(author)2010-08-16

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

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bachterman made it!(author)2010-03-03

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

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Colonel88 made it!(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?!?"

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gerthedj made it!(author)2009-09-23

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

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SubzeroFusion made it!(author)2008-11-18

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

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spaghettibeans made it!(author)2009-09-16

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

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jmacfarlane823 made it!(author)2009-08-20

lol i have this same laptop:P

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Warlrosity made it!(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

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aphrael made it!(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 :)

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jopensopen made it!(author)2008-07-22

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 ;)

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aphrael made it!(author)2008-07-22

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

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jeffconnelly made it!(author)2008-12-11

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

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aphrael made it!(author)2008-12-11

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...

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Rimwulf made it!(author)2009-06-19

Fedora Linux distributors has a sponsored laptop
http://www.idealgadget.com/2006/05/25/first-olpc-prototype-the-100-laptop/
you buy one they donate one to a child in Africa.

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oldsnake made it!(author)2009-01-03

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

Portland, OR

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Rimwulf made it!(author)2009-06-19

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

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CybergothiChe made it!(author)2009-05-27

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

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louieaw made it!(author)2009-05-25

aren't you mr clever

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sathiyarajd made it!(author)2009-04-01

nice joke

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cotton made it!(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

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adamsdead made it!(author)2009-02-23

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

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TheShawMaestro made it!(author)2009-02-17

Please?

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tokymaru made it!(author)2009-02-01

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

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Walikai made it!(author)2009-01-18

GAHH, well, at least its a dell..

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mettaurlover made it!(author)2009-01-09

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

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cheerioking made it!(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.

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duckythescientist made it!(author)2009-01-02

If not then try linux.

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FreshPineSent made it!(author)2008-09-29

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

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Colonel88 made it!(author)2008-12-21

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

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benthekahn made it!(author)2008-07-31
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ubr.bzkr made it!(author)2008-12-19

LOL i love blendtech!

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Obediah made it!(author)2008-12-17

Does this void the warranty?

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phant0m_sp00f3ra made it!(author)2008-12-15

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

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%3DSMART%3D made it!(author)2008-12-12

HAHAHAHAHHA best instructable ever !!

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robomaniac made it!(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.

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Patented made it!(author)2008-12-06

hahaa!

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Sandisk1duo made it!(author)2008-08-01

try technical support!

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Admiral+Puffinfresh made it!(author)2008-07-31

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

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elcure made it!(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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