Build a DIY screen out of recycled parts for cheap

Laptop users generally have to just put up with having a single main screen, but thanks to upcycling we can build a DIY portable secondary screen for laptops using recycled parts to keep the cost as low as $25! It not only performs really well, but it looks incredibly unique - it's a piece of solid industrial tech this one! Once you use two screens you can never go back!

eBay affiliate link for the control board; add the model number as shown in the video (be sure to include any suffixes like (sp) or (k1):
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If your screen isn't listed, most sellers of the control boards allow you to contact them directly and they will program a control board for your specific screen at no extra cost. Just send them the model number and you should be good to go.

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  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks5 ปีที่แล้ว

    Holy moley - it's only been up a few hours and we're nearly at 3k likes! Thanks guys!

  • ki777iz
    ki777iz2 ปีที่แล้ว

    new dilemma: should I make a secondary monitor or a lamp out of my old laptop's screen...

  • strayiggyTV

    It's strange to me that some startup hasn't done this for profit. The sheer amount of old laptops selling for $25 and under that have salvageable screens is immense. Add 3d printing to the mix and you could make cheap portable screens.

  • 450gmo

    Another happy customer here. Yes, I could have scoured ebay for a 2nd hand monitor, but doing this myself and rescuing something that would have been in landfill otherwise was a great experience.

  • The Dream Weaver
    The Dream Weaver2 ปีที่แล้ว

    As a high school teacher who constantly has to prepare exam papers, do grade analysis and a digital art hobbyist. .. this is the most useful DIY I've watched in a long time.

  • coop presling
    coop presling2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Absolutely love it mate, I built one myself and I am VERY satisfied with it. Amazing creativity and great narration defitenly helps putting things together when you are actually told what to do and shown. Thanks mate keep up the amazing videos😇🙂

  • Deivid lima
    Deivid lima

    Ficou muito bom, nível profissional, parabéns pelo vídeo

  • Matt Tester
    Matt Tester5 ปีที่แล้ว

    You really had me fooled with the carbon fibre effect, I was about to go off and look up the prices of CF sheets. Smart use of the motherboard standoffs too. Never come across control boards like this before, will have to investigate.

  • Graham's Choral Music
    Graham's Choral Musicปีที่แล้ว

    I love your concise explanations. Its such a pleasant change from many videos that have about 10% content and 90% waffle. Congrats your whole series is fascinating.

  • Katan Akuma
    Katan Akuma2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Great video. I've been thinking about doing this with my old laptop since it's power source died but didn't know how to go about it. Your explanation was clear and easy to follow. I guess I have a project for a weekend once the parts arrive. Cheers.

  • Toufic Jammoul
    Toufic Jammoulปีที่แล้ว

    I'm studying masters in computer science, and I have a bit of a screen size issue on my y720, but I have 2 broken laptops, I can now make 3 screens working at the same time while studying, it's sooo helpful. thank you so much.

  • Ian Baker
    Ian Baker3 ปีที่แล้ว

    Loved this so much I did it myself. had a lot of fun doing it. I reused the top of the lap top instead of building a new frame. Thanks for all the tips!!

  • goldridder
    goldridder2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Love this video. Again, how is a three-year old video only just making its way to me?? How did I not see this ages ago!!

  • Fuad Shaqiri
    Fuad Shaqiri5 ปีที่แล้ว

    This is why I love your channel man, you make some really cool stuff that I don't see everyday, and your videos are really entertaining and with really high quality, and the stuff that you make is awesome as always, keep doing more :)

  • Brian

    Thanks for all the videos you do phenomenal work and actually make videos that explain the components needed and how to install. Im a beginner and definitely appreciate the detailed information. I built a voice controlled nightstand drawer lock and drawer opener using wifi wireless smart switch relay module and dc motor but am not satisfied with the build. I would really love to see a video from you on that, I haven't seen any really good videos on using the smart relay module for that application. Keep up the good work!

  • It'sDannyK

    Hey Matt, would love to see a 2020 update of this with USB-C for power and input!

  • Zack
    Zack2 ปีที่แล้ว

    Dude... I already knew how to recycle these screens but I was puzzled about making an enclosure.. YOU NAILED IT!!!

  • Rohan J
    Rohan Jปีที่แล้ว

    Hi Matt, thanks for the interesting diy videos. I'm having issue with screen display, although power is working, so wondering if connection at screen is loose. Would that be the case here? That would happen only if power and display runs through different circuits. I am wondering if you could have any thoughts on that.

  • Dodle

    I know this is an old video but it is at no point outdated, I came across this when looking for stuff to do during Covid and I remembered my mom having a very old laptop from 2008 that was fully dead, however in pretty good shape, obviously the specs we're nothing by today's standards but the retrieved parts we're certainly very interesting. I had always been looking for a second monitor, since I mostly use my gaming laptop, however it is very annoying to keep having to click of a game to check the chat or look something up. I saw this video and since the screen I had was also from "laptop format" it should sync with my current setup quite nicely. This meant ordering a controller board from Amazon and hooking it up, it worked fine. However, I wasn't really that much of a fan of the design of the outside used in this video, it certainly isn't bad but it wasn't really my style. Since I own a 3d-printer and have a good amount of experience in 3d design software I decided to 3d-print a whole outer casing for the screen. After many hours of printing it came out beautifully and I've been enjoying it for a couple days now, also really questioning how I ever lived without it ;). I went with the black and red theme since it fit my laptop and current setup. For those of you curious here are some screenshots of pictures of the finished product:

  • DerClaudius
    DerClaudius5 ปีที่แล้ว

    Nice idea. I'm thinking about a foldable double-Monitors, for a transportable 3 monitor setup with my laptop.