This spectacular (and retro-futuristic) mini PC based on a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W even has a mechanical keyboard

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We live in a world where smartphones and tablets have banished ultraportables. Gone are the days when devices like the Sony Vaio P entered, perhaps, on our wish lists. However, there are those who still support this idea. In this case the developer Penk Chen, who has created a Mini PC with heart of Raspberry Pi Zero 2W.

The mini laptop, called Penkesu, stands out for its retro-futuristic look and for using a minimum number of components, among which are a capacitive touch screen and a mechanical keyboard. The author of the project does not plan to sell it, but has published on its GitHub page all the instructions so anyone can build it.

A DIY Retro Mini PC

Penkesu features a custom 3D printed shell and replacement Game Boy Advance SP hinges that bring its compact design to life. At the top of the device is a 7.9-inch capacitive touchscreen (400 x 1280 pixels). The SoC is a ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core 1GHz ARMwhich is accompanied by some modest 512MB of RAM.

The Mini PC also has a single micro-USB port for charging the device, which is powered by a 3.7V Li-Po battery pack connected to an Adafruit Powerboost 1000C converter module. As you can see from the images, the number of components is so small that, if it weren’t for the keyboard, the case would actually be empty.

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Chen does not mention what software the laptop is capable of running, although the graphical interface of the laptop can be seen in the images.l Linux-based Raspberry Pi operating system. However, we should be able to install any other compatible OS. The benefits are limited, but it is a project that once again shows us the possibilities of Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 2 Mini PC

In recent years we have seen some of the most interesting ideas based on these single board computers. From a tiny $15 PC that can run ‘Doom’ to a mini PC with a built in thermal printer. Stay tuned, because the next curious project can arrive at any time.

More information | Penkesu GitHub Page

We live in a world where smartphones and tablets have banished ultraportables. Gone are the days when devices like the…

We live in a world where smartphones and tablets have banished ultraportables. Gone are the days when devices like the…

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