No expertise necessary, just $300 or so for a kit to construct a machine all your own

The creators say one evening of tinkering will be enough to get the low-cost laptop ready-to-go.

People who enjoy building their stuff from the ground up will really enjoy the Pi-Top. The kit contains an injection molded casing, trackpad and keyboard components, a 13.3″ HD screen, the circuit boards, battery and a few chords for a complete set-up. The kit sells for $285 (future retail price will be $300). If you already have a Pi board, you can get one for $209. The design is very straightforward. The USB ports, audio interface and power source all have their dedicated holes in the case. Except for the odd positioning of the trackpad and a sliding transparent panel to quickly access the inner workings, it looks just like any other laptop. With a purchase, you will also gain access to STL files to print your own case and add any customizations you might come up with.

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