Mini Lego Computer

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Lego + Computer

If you like Lego and computers you’ve come to the right place, because the only thing better than just Lego, or just a computer… is a Lego Computer!

Yes, I understand I’m geeking out about this, but can you blame me? Two things that have always been near and dear to my heart have been Lego and computers. For decades now I’ve been playing with both of them, so when the opportunity arose to combine them I went all in.

For those keeping track of these kinds of things this isn’t my first foray into mixing Lego and technology, in fact about 4 years ago I built my first system out of Lego. It was a beast of a system that actually housed 3 separate computers all in one gigantic custom Lego case. That system started me down this path and this new Mini Lego Computer system is the result of a couple years’ worth of development of further Lego computing systems.

This Mini Lego Computer system combines everything I’ve learned over the years into one system that has all the features and power needed for everyday use.

Design Insight

Interested in seeing inside the Mini Lego Computer? Click below to see what the Mini Lego Computer looks like on the inside, as well as the details of the design and build process.

Mini Lego Computer Design

Brick Beginnings

The Mini Lego Computer is the culmination of a couple different things all coming together. After building my first Lego based computer years ago I received a lot of great feedback and interest. In fact, it became one of the more common requests people would contact me with, building them a Lego computer of their own.

With a couple of years of building Lego based computers under my belt and no waning in peoples interest for them I decided to look further into developing a new Lego Computer. While most of the Lego systems I had built for people had been custom, I noticed a specific trend in the vast majority of their computing requirements. Most people loved the look and uniqueness of a Lego computer, and in general just used their computers for the same things most people do (Internet, Productivity, Content Creation, Video Playback & Streaming, etc.)

With a pretty solid understanding of what people needed from a computing standpoint I set out to design a new Mini Lego Computer system, one that would have all the features of a modern system, plus the power to get the job done. Researching what small form factor computer systems were out in the market I found that more often than not they were underpowered, not very upgradable, and rather plain looking little boxes.

Based on this I went to work designing a new Mini Lego computer system, something that was quite small in comparison to most computers, but packed the power of a full desktop computer, while being easily upgradable and customizable.

Design

Customizable

Lego offers an almost endless amount of combinations, and that’s just what the Mini Lego Computer is all about. Systems are available pre-configured or with the option of a build-it-yourself top for you own designs.

System Testing

The Mini Lego Computer was carefully tested during development. This ensures that all programs as well as system settings and hardware components are tested fully to verify their performance and stability.

Airflow & Cooling

Case airflow was carefully considered and designed for the Mini Lego Computer. This ensures that every component is cooled actively, thus lowering temperatures throughout the system.

Wire Management

To ensure excellent airflow and cooling performance, all wires are neatly bundled and zip-tied in place. No performance is lost from wires blocking airflow, and everything is neat and tidy.

High Performance

The Mini Lego Computer is built with performance in mind. With available Intel i7 Quad core, 32GB of memory, and dual SSD drives, you can easily handle the most power hungry tasks.

Future Expansion

The Mini Lego Computer was designed for future expansion, saving money and allowing for upgrading components to improve performance. Save money, and upgrade your system instead of buying new.

Noise & Acoustics

The Mini Lego Computer was built with careful attention to detail in the design of the system acoustics. Premium Noctua case and processor fans are used to ensure low noise and excellent performance.

High Efficiency PSU

The Mini Lego Computer is built with a high efficiency Level 5 Energy-Star-rated power supply. This ensures the most efficient possible conversion of electricity, while reducing heat, noise and saving money.

System Configurations

i3 System

$1099

  • Intel i3-7300 Processor
  • 8 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel HD 630 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • DVD/CD Combo Superdrive
  • Noctua Heatpipe Processor Cooler
  • Noctua Premium 140mm Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

i5 System

$1149

  • Intel i5-7600 Processor
  • 8 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel HD 630 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • DVD/CD Combo Superdrive
  • Noctua Heatpipe Processor Cooler
  • Noctua Premium 140mm Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

i7 System

$1299

  • Intel i7-7700 Processor
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel HD 630 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • DVD/CD Combo Superdrive
  • Noctua Heatpipe Processor Cooler
  • Noctua Premium 140mm Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Custom

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  • Intel i3, i5, i7, Xeon Processors
  • Up to 32 GB DDR4 Memory
  • Up to 8 TB SSD/HDD Storage
  • Intel HD 630 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Blu-ray Superdrive
  • Noctua Heatpipe Processor Cooler
  • Noctua Premium 140mm Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Custom Configurations Available

Email for more information and pricing

System Performance

i3 System
General Performance
75%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Gaming
50%
Photo & Video Editing
80%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
i5 System
General Performance
85%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Gaming
55%
Photo & Video Editing
90%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
i7 System
General Performance
95%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Gaming
60%
Photo & Video Editing
95%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%

Performance measures listed above are general guidelines of performance increase between systems

Mini Lego Computer Cases

Industrial
Brick
Tiled

One of the great things about using Lego is the endless options you have in terms of customization. With this is mind, you can purchase multiple variations of the Mini Lego Computer. The base construction, which houses the computer components, is identical for every Lego Computer. The top sections, however, are removable to allow infinite customization. There are currently 3 designs available for purchase, with more options to follow.

Custom Top Sections Available

Micro Scenes, Minifigures, 2D Brick-pixel Images. Email for info.

LED Lightbar

Every Lego Computer system has a built in LED lightbar that encircles the upper case slot, hidden behind a clear/white polycarbonate diffuser. The LEDs are controlled with a built-in controller housed in the case, so with just the push of a button, you can change the settings to find the lighting color and pattern that you like.

The LEDs are capable of displaying 20 different colors, while also offering numerous modes of operation. You can cycle through all the colors or choose a transitioning effect with the colors slowly changing or a breathing effect, with the lights dimming slowly and then becoming brighter again. All of these options let you choose the LED colors as well as how fast or slow the mode operates. The light system can also be turned off by holding the middle button for a second.

Standard Features

Front USB 3.0 Ports

The Mini Lego Computer incorporates 2 front USB 3.0 ports concealed under a swiveling Lego tile. Out of sight when not in use, they are right where you need them so that you don’t go fumbling around the back of the computer looking for a port.

Optical Drive

While optical drives are becoming somewhat obsoleted, they still often come in handy. Instead of tracking down a flash drive and an external optical drive to copy a file that’s trapped on a disc, it’s so much easier to just pop it in the computer and be on your way.

Built In AC Wifi

No need to add adapters for Wifi, as the Mini Lego Computer comes with built in Intel wireless. The Intel Wireless chip adds AC Wifi, for blazing fast wireless speeds, while still being compatible with older “G” and “N” speeds as well.

Dual Gigabit LAN

The Mini Lego Computer offers excellent networking options, with dual Gigabit network connections. Use just one, or configure the system to use both in a more advanced networking setup. (Intel & Realtek Network Chipsets)

HDMI & Displayport

Modern displays require modern connection types, and the Mini Lego Computer offers both HDMI and Displayport connections. Enabling both HD (1080p) and 4K (2160p) resolutions, as well as supporting multi-monitor configurations.

Six USB 3.0 Ports

USB 3.0 offers higher transfer speeds and more power than the older USB 2.0 standard, all while being backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices. The Mini Lego Computer offers 6 USB 3.0 ports, plenty to connect numerous devices at once.

Operating Systems

Supports multiple operating systems, including dual-booting.

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