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Lenovo Displays Awesome Arcade Laptop Mod

By , Marcus Yam - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Hands up who else wants one?

A few months back we spied a blinged out Lenovo at CES Unveiled in New York City. After poking around on the Web, we learned that it was part of a mod-contest run by Intel and Lenovo called “What’s Your Idea of Fun?” and that Lenovo was sending the winners to the world’s biggest consumer electronics trade show.

We caught up with Dean Liou, the modder behind what was arguably the coolest mod present and he gave us a quick tour of his bartop arcade cabinet. Though it looks like it could be used with any 15-inch laptop, Liou’s mod incorporates an IdeaPad Y560, which packs an Intel Core i7-720QM, 8GB of DDR3, a 15.6-inch widescreen HD display, and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics.

Street Fighter Arcade ThinkPad Mod


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    karthik_11 , January 11, 2011 7:21 AM
    looks awesome
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    stingstang , January 11, 2011 8:46 AM
    That's silly..
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    Mark Heath , January 11, 2011 8:47 AM
    Somebody from my part of the world recently did something similar: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=930363
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2011 10:48 AM
    So you take a laptop put it in a box plug in a modified usb arcade style controller and this supposed to be some great mod?

    Lenono is still a no no for me.
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    christop , January 11, 2011 11:15 AM
    Not a huge mod..
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    cookoy , January 11, 2011 12:42 PM
    too bulky
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    plznote , January 11, 2011 12:44 PM
    That guy is awesome.
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    n1k0 , January 11, 2011 1:03 PM
    here's another arcade mod

    http://metku.net/index.html?path=mods/arcade/index_eng10
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    JMcEntegart , January 11, 2011 1:07 PM
    LenonoSo you take a laptop put it in a box plug in a modified usb arcade style controller and this supposed to be some great mod?Lenono is still a no no for me.


    He built that 'modified usb arcade style controller' himself.

    http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/content/arcade-dock
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    Shuge1 , January 11, 2011 1:22 PM
    Well, looks nice...but WHY on earth would i want a LAPtop that cAnt sit on my LAP!
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2011 2:13 PM
    He built that 'modified usb arcade style controller' himself.

    That was so innovative of him to make something that has been made years ago.
    http://gear.ign.com/articles/842/842386p1.html

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    Anonymous , January 11, 2011 5:19 PM
    The last video is title fail. It's not even a ThinkPad.
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    eddieroolz , January 11, 2011 8:59 PM
    That looks really cool.
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    hp79 , January 11, 2011 9:57 PM
    Boring.
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    akorzan , January 11, 2011 10:19 PM
    I have the lenovo y550 (The Core 2 version of y560) and it's poop. Sure the hardware is great and was cheap but the package sucks. Why do companies pack such great hardware and provide only 1366*768 resolution as the only option? I even saw a MSI 16 inch with a gtx 285 with that cruddy resolution.
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    e-nigma , January 12, 2011 1:40 PM
    Uhm, not that it isn't nice... But, I modded an old arcade cabinet, a neo-geo actually), added more buttons to the console, tossed in an old 21 inch monitor, made a black bezel for the monitor and other nick nacks, threw a pc inside of it, etc, and I have this sweet MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) that plays literally hundreds of arcade games just like you're playing on a real arcade machine. Too bad I don't have any pictures. Anyway, I was unimpressed when I saw this "single game" conversion. ;) 
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2011 7:46 PM
    Single game because he probably had to purchase a pc version of street fighter to avoid copyright issues, he could have mame running in 15 minutes minus the download time.