Micro 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 led later to the creation of the Mini Lego Computer. Which leads me up to this new system, the Micro Lego Computer.

This Micro Lego Computer system is designed for those that want a capable and speedy Lego based computer system, with room to expand the system via add-on Lego brick modules.

Design Insight

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

Micro Lego Computer Design

Brick Beginnings

Following the release of the Mini Lego Computer, I received a lot of great feedback and interest in small form-factor Lego computer systems. It seemed like the Mini Lego Computer was a hit, and people of all ages really loved it. With so much interest in the Mini Lego Computer, I started putting together a list of commonly requested capabilities, the things that really mattered most to people. One of the most common requests was a more entry-level system, still capable of providing a great computing experience but doing so at a lower price point.

While the Mini Lego Computer offers great performance and features, all in a very small form factor, that performance comes at a price, and the cost of the components puts the system out of the price range of some of those individuals that really want a Lego Computer of their own. So I went back and started working on a previous Lego Computer project that I had started developing earlier but paused on during the Mini Lego Computer prototyping. This previous project was built around an even smaller form factor, designed to be a micro variant of the Lego Computer.

The result of this project and development is the Micro Lego Computer, a very small form-factor computer system, housed in a customizable Lego case. Measuring only 4” x 5” x 5” the Micro Lego Computer is… well…. micro! Housed inside of the Lego case is a Intel NUC-based board with the latest 5th Gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB memory, SSD drive up to 1TB, AC wifi, USB 3.0, HDMI, Displayport, and more.

Design

Customizable

Lego offers an almost endless amount of combinations, and that’s just what the Micro 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 Micro 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 Micro 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.

Performance

The Micro Lego Computer is built to pack as much more as possible into a small package. With available Intel i7 Dual core, 16GB of memory, and SSD drive, you can easily handle most tasks with ease.

Future Expansion

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

Noise & Acoustics

The Micro Lego Computer was built with careful attention to detail in the design of the system acoustics. A premium Noctua case fan is used to ensure low noise and excellent performance.

High Efficiency PSU

The Micro 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

$599

  • Intel i3-7100U Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel HD 620 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Noctua Premium Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

i5 System

$729

  • Intel i5-7260U Processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Noctua Premium Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

i7 System

$879

  • Intel i7-7567U Processor
  • 16 GB DDR3 Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • Intel Iris Plus 650 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Noctua Premium Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Custom

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  • Intel i3, i5, i7 Processors
  • Up to 16 GB DDR3 Memory
  • Up to 1 TB SSD Storage
  • Intel Iris Plus 650 Graphics
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Noctua Premium Case Fan
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Custom Configurations Available

Email for more information and pricing

System Performance

i3 System
General Performance
65%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Gaming
60%
Photo & Video Editing
65%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
i5 System
General Performance
75%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Gaming
65%
Photo & Video Editing
75%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
i7 System
General Performance
85%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Gaming
70%
Photo & Video Editing
85%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%

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

Micro 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 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. Multiple case color options are available as well.

Custom Top Sections Available

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

Add-on Brick Modules

One of the best parts of Lego is it’s flexibility and versatility. The Micro Lego Computer is designed to work with add-on brick modules to offer an easy way to expand the system and add more capabilities. The Micro Lego Computer is a scaled 2×2 brick, the external hard drive module a 2×3 plate, and the card reader-USB 3.0 hub a 1×2 brick. All bricks allow stacking on bottom and top.

External Hard Drive Module

The external hard drive add-on brick module allows for increasing system storage beyond that of the base Micro Lego Computer. The add-on brick is stackable and connects with a single USB 3.0 cable. This allows starting off your Lego Computer system with just the base Micro Lego Computer, and then adding additional storage in the future as your needs grow.

Card Reader – USB 3.0 Hub Module

The card reader – USB 3.0 Hub add-on brick module allows to further expand your Micro Lego Computer system. This allows for adding a USB 3.0 based card reader, that reads 15 different types of memory cards, all at USB 3.0 high speeds.

In addition to the card reader, the module also includes 3 additional USB 3.0 ports, which allow for adding other high speed devices. This allows for expansion of the base Micro Lego Computer to accommodate additional devices.

Micro Lego Computer System Stacking

Standard Features

Front USB 3.0 Ports

The Micro Lego Computer incorporates 2 front USB 3.0 ports concealed under swiveling Lego tiles. The yellow port also offers sleep charging for charging devices (phones, tablets, etc.) while the computer is in sleep mode.

Four 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 Micro Lego Computer offers 4 USB 3.0 ports, plenty to connect numerous devices at once.

Built In AC Wifi

No need to add adapters for Wifi, as the Micro 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.

Gigabit LAN

The Micro Lego Computer uses an Intel Gigabit network connection. This allows high speed networking built around a fast and reliable Intel Network system. Connecting to a network or the internet is simple and fast.

HDMI & Displayport

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

International Power

The Micro Lego Computer comes with an international power supply unit, capable of a wide range of input voltages and frequencies to support international use. The adapter also features plugs that match the various international sockets.

Operating Systems

Supports multiple operating systems, including dual-booting.

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