Triple display laptops have almost sort of been a thing since 2017 when Razer first showed off their then-top-secret triple-display laptop to Linus Tech Tips at CES. Those early prototypes were stolen and somebody was even caught trying to sell them, but they’ve kind of disappeared ever since. There haven’t been any commercially available laptops with triple displays, and most DIY solutions are a little brutal at best.
There are some bolt-on solutions to turn your regular single monitor laptop into a triple monitor machine, but Matt at DIY Perks thinks he’s come up with his own ultimate solution. Naturally, it’s a DIY job, and it actually seems to work pretty well. Matt’s trick is to change the aspect ratio of the displays, going to a pair of vertical iPad displays instead of adding a pair of horizontal screens.
While it’s not quite the same screen real estate as three 15.6″ 1080p (or 4K) displays, it’s still a very elegant solution. For photo or video editing, you still get plenty of room for shifting panels and palettes off to another display out of the way. The iPad screen Matt used matches the height of his standard 15.6″ display almost perfectly when oriented vertically. And it’s also a little under half as wide. This means that both screens can fold over in front of the regular display, protecting all three when the unit is closed up.
But that’s not all Matt does with this particular DIY build. He’s not just modifying a laptop but creating his own from scratch. In order to create the enclosure for it all, Matt utilised his 3D printer, and he’s made all of the STL files available to download. Not only that, he’s made the project fully open-source. So, if you want to have a go at building one for yourself, you can.
It is a very ambitious project – would we expect anything less from Matt? – even if you’re already quite adept at building your own projects from scratch. This one is almost certainly going to have you pushing your limits!