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A home theater PC is, by definition, a computer designed to hang out near your TV so you can send videos, music, or photos to the big screen. But just because the natural habitat of an HTPC is the living room doesn’t mean you can’t move it from place to place.

Hackaday found one hacker who decided to build a portable HTPC by cramming all the important bits into a small box, slapping a wireless keyboard on the side with a bit of Velcro. The best part? That little box already has a built-in handle which makes it easy to carry, since it’s a $10 Star Wars lunch box.

HTPC Lunchbox

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5 replies on “Lilbits (2-18-2014): Pack your media PC in a lunchbox”

  1. That’s a cute and accessible hack that many people could do. Neat

    1. I built a similar atom-based mini-atx system years ago, though I did cut a lot of ventilation slots with a dremel, not quite as cute. But it ran fine 24/7 for four years in the lunchbox.

  2. What’s old is new again.

    A long time ago, the Compaq Portable III and
    its Taiwanese copycats were available in
    lunchbox form. These had gas plasma (later
    LCD color) display, PS/2 wired hardware keyboard, and
    could take two 5.25″ form factor drives, a 3.5″ floppy
    drive, and an internal 3.5″ hard disk. The
    motherboard had a riser that could accommodate
    3 expansion cards.

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