A Chinese student, who couldn’t afford a tablet for his girlfriend, decided to build one for $125.
Wei Xinlong built his tablet, for girlfriend Sun Shasha, from a secondhand laptop that cost $78. He purchased a touchscreen and battery online and the project took him around 10 days and $125 in total. “The main board, video card, CPU and screen were all from the old laptop, but I bought the touch screen and battery online,” Wei said in an interview with China Daily. The weight and thickness of the device is similar to a 400-page book and the tablet runs Windows 7. “This is the best gift I’ve ever had, and I will keep it forever,” said Sun Shasha, Xinlong’s girlfriend. Shasha added rhinestones to the tablet. She now uses the device to surf the web, watch videos and read books.
The device is similar in look and feel to Apple’s iPad device and Xinlong has even added a home screen button and an Apple logo, despite it running Windows 7. He also posted details about his project online and attracted over 100,000 hits in just three days. If you’re not interested in building your own Windows 7 tablet then there’s a number of alternatives available as holiday gifts this year.