With all modding, there is the inherent risk that you might break whatever you're working on. You only have to spend a few minutes browsing our Disaster Mod forum
to witness all manner of human hardship: expensive Coolermaster cases the victim of wayward jigsawing; even more expensive GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards damaged beyond repair.
Right up there for bravery is The LCD Monitor Mod. Maybe it's a hang-up from the days when LCD monitors were seriously luxury items, but the thought of cracking open a flat panel display for the purpose of modding still gives us the willies somewhat.
None of this phased Antti Hakala from Metku Mods. He recently bought an old 15-inch LCD monitor to give him additional real estate for his laptop. "This monitor just happened to be too ugly to be tolerated for long," he says in his worklog
. Proving a limit does exist, he admits he "never had the guts" to mod his laptop, but this LCD was cheap enough to have a go.
The project involved stripping the panel back to its bare components, replacing the bezel with plexi highlighted with red LEDs and building a new free-standing monitor stand. The end result
is stunning. All this for just 100 euros, which includes all materials and the cost of the donor monitor, a Samtron 51S.
Of course, this isn't the first monitor mod we have seen. Possibly the best, in our view, is still Gert Swolfs' Hyperscreen
, the 12-inch touchscreen LCD from the achingly gorgeous Hypercube²
project that recently celebrated its first birthday. Which you prefer is a matter of personal taste - both would be welcome additions to any desktop, anywhere.
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