Chinese man makes Windows 7 tablet for girlfriend for $125

Would you like to have a $125 touch screen tablet that run Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system? If so, you might want to speak to the Chinese student who reportedly created such a device recently as a present for his girlfriend. Geek.com reports that the student wanted to buy a tablet device off the shelf for his girlfriend but couldn't afford the price.

The student, Wei Xinlong, has some apparent skills in PC hardware assembly. The report claims he bought a cheap $78 notebook and removed a lot of its hardware inside. He then proceeded to create a new case around the notebook and also bought a touch screen and battery to make the device look more like a tablet. The final cost, at least in terms of hardware, turned out to be $125, although we suspect the labor that he took to make the tablet would make the device cost even more if it was not made as a present.

Xinlong then gave his DIY tablet creation to his girlfriend, Sun Shasha, who apparently loved his present so much she proceeded to do what a lot of girls do when they get a new tablet or a smartphone; she added rhinestones around the edge of the tablet's casing.

So the lesson here is if you really want a Windows 7 tablet, and you can find some cheap parts, you too can become an Internet sensation and make yourself a tablet PC.

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R-Metal said,
Apple logo makes it look cheap.

That's not what Windows users normally say they normally state it makes it look more expensive!

offroadaaron said,

That's not what Windows users normally say they normally state it makes it look more expensive!

It's not true. , I love Windows & it's Logo, I love playing games & I run 3ds Max. And you think all PCs are cheap?What about Sony Vaio? Dell Alienware? HP Elitebook?

although we suspect the labor that he took to make the tablet would make the device cost even more
Don't forget that it was a chinese person doing the labor.

Xinlong then gave his DIY tablet creation to his girlfriend, Sun Shasha, who apparently loved his present so much she proceeded to do what a lot of girls do when they get a new tablet or a smartphone: she added rhinestones around the edge of the tablet's casing.
WTF! No BJ?

Estienne Taylor said,
That goes to show you people wants a real tablet and not a toy.

?? I have no idea how you came to this conclusion ROFL... 1 twisted mind...

offroadaaron said,

?? I have no idea how you came to this conclusion ROFL... 1 twisted mind...


Well, I don't know how what he thought is, "twisted," but I do agree that he can't come to the conclusion that people want real tablets just because 1 couple does. People should want real tablets, maybe, but that doesn't mean they actually do.

MASTER260 said,

Well, I don't know how what he thought is, "twisted," but I do agree that he can't come to the conclusion that people want real tablets just because 1 couple does. People should want real tablets, maybe, but that doesn't mean they actually do.


the student wanted to buy a tablet device off the shelf for his girlfriend but couldn't afford the price.

offroadaaron said,

the student wanted to buy a tablet device off the shelf for his girlfriend but couldn't afford the price.

How is that make it twisted?

Estienne Taylor said,
That goes to show you people wants a real tablet and not a toy.

That must be why Windows 7 tablets are flying off the shelves! Oh wait...

MASTER260 said,

How is that make it twisted?

Estienne Taylor twisted because of the following ( I can't believe I need to actually explain this to you though!)


That goes to show you people wants a real tablet and not a toy.

but the guy in the article wanted one off the shelf and couldn't afford it so he made his own.

Imagine the Windows tablet crashed on you or has problems from a custom made tablet.

The point is that there is no such thing as custom made tablets that works perfectly.. well not that I know off that works from start to finish.

Chica Ami said,
Imagine the Windows tablet crashed on you or has problems from a custom made tablet.

The point is that there is no such thing as custom made tablets that works perfectly.. well not that I know off that works from start to finish.

Why would it crash or be any different to the machine that he purchased in the first place?

Chica Ami said,
Imagine the Windows tablet crashed on you or has problems from a custom made tablet.

The point is that there is no such thing as custom made tablets that works perfectly.. well not that I know off that works from start to finish.

"Not that you know of" being the key phrase here!

Enron said,
I love the Chinese

I have doubt. Did you ever use Chinese brand mobile phone? Like Sprint (not the Americal phone company), Micromax, i-Mobile?

MASTER260 said,
& he used Win 7 instead of Win 8... why?

Because 8 is a developer preview at this stage and he probably sensibly thought not ready for his girlfriends everyday use!?

nik louch said,

Because 8 is a developer preview at this stage and he probably sensibly thought not ready for his girlfriends everyday use!?


Yeah, but it's a lot better than using Windows 7 on a tablet every day. The 2 never exactly mixed well...

MASTER260 said,

Yeah, but it's a lot better than using Windows 7 on a tablet every day. The 2 never exactly mixed well...

You can't compare a finished product vs a beta product as the beta product has issues while the finished one does not, at least for awhile.

It will be resistive touch though. There are plenty of Touch dev kits out there but they get expensive if you want capacitive touch, especially if it supports multitouch.

I am not gonna deny this is freakishly awesome however its gonna take a bit to be on par with commercial porducts. Which is a shame. If android comes to x86 though then that will mean lots of tablet building

Auzeras said,
It will be resistive touch though. There are plenty of Touch dev kits out there but they get expensive if you want capacitive touch, especially if it supports multitouch.

I am not gonna deny this is freakishly awesome however its gonna take a bit to be on par with commercial porducts. Which is a shame. If android comes to x86 though then that will mean lots of tablet building


http://www.android-x86.org/

WickedScribbler said,
And then all the Linux Loons screamed as if their desktop/laptop/tablet dreams had been snuffed out. Oh wait...

Huh? You can put Ubuntu/Other distros on tablets too

WickedScribbler said,
And then all the Linux Loons screamed as if their desktop/laptop/tablet dreams had been snuffed out. Oh wait...

You can put Linux where Windoze is+more. hehe

ShareShiz said,
With Windows 7 for $125... that means its pirated

damn you China !!!

Laptop came with win7, most likely the starter version

78 dollar notebook... Intel Tualatin 1.4 GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, AGP Radeon 9800 Mobile, 150GB HDD.

A rough guess at the hardware ;D

Just give this Chinese the credit for crating such kind of device and forget about if the w7 is genuine or not , who care its or not i bet your is not genuine anyway.

I wouldn't be able to myself, but if I was able too, I wouldn't make a Windows 7 tablet with an apple logo on it with an apple wallpaper slapped on.

link6155 said,
I wouldn't be able to myself, but if I was able too, I wouldn't make a Windows 7 tablet with an apple logo on it with an apple wallpaper slapped on.

It won't be long till Apple tries to sue him.

Can it run Crysis? What's the battery life? Wha... hurr hurr...

Err... I mean... creative, geeky and, therefore, commendable!

cralias said,
Can it run Crysis? What's the battery life? Wha... hurr hurr...

Err... I mean... creative, geeky and, therefore, commendable!

The new question is, can it run SKYRIM?

Krome said,
The new question is, can it run SKYRIM?

I must be missing the joke. I can run Skyrim on higher settings than I can Fallout: New Vegas.

FrozenEclipse said,

I must be missing the joke. I can run Skyrim on higher settings than I can Fallout: New Vegas.

Me too. I reckon that Skyrim may be top thing in many aspects but a graphics monster it is not.

Not trying to be stereotypical or anything, but was this running a genuine version of windows 7? I mean, the cost of Win 7 Home Premium is something like $200 itself, isn't it ?

I assumed that the laptop was used which came with the windows OS on it. Now, ofcourse, this is China where they have a high rate of piracy. However, let give the guy the benefit of the doubt and assume for now that it was a used laptop with a genuine windows OS on it already.

Matthew_Thepc said,
Not trying to be stereotypical or anything, but was this running a genuine version of windows 7? I mean, the cost of Win 7 Home Premium is something like $200 itself, isn't it ?
$200 is the retail package price, OEM/DSP is about $90 and if it's Starter Edition, even less. And since it's China, they have even lower prices because MS is trying to go as low as possible to get chinese consumers to at least buy Windows legitimately, even if it's about Home Premium and without profit. Some money is better than no money.

Matthew_Thepc said,
Not trying to be stereotypical or anything, but was this running a genuine version of windows 7? I mean, the cost of Win 7 Home Premium is something like $200 itself, isn't it ?

Who cares if it's genuine or not as " Being genuine" does not make the product better. All this genuine nonsense bull only gives me a headache and the need to pound on someone.

soldier1st said,

Who cares if it's genuine or not as " Being genuine" does not make the product better. All this genuine nonsense bull only gives me a headache and the need to pound on someone.

? I'm pretty sure the thousands of Microsoft employees care about whether something's running a genuine version of Windows...if everyone had an ungenuine version of Windows, where would Microsoft be today? And yes, being genuine does make a product better. Genuine Windows versions get Windows Update and other Microsoft products that protect and enhance the version of Windows you're running...unless you believe that there's no need to have a secure operating system? and that the people that spend 5/7ths of their day life designing something shouldn't be provided compensation?

What's funny, is that it has an Apple logo on it and from a few snapshots I saw earlier, I thought it was an Android based OS, not Windows - I might be wrong (most likely am).

Yeah that's clearly Win7 then - I saw a few snapshots where it had a "top bar" so I mistook it for Android (damn blurry shots!)