We live in a time where not only do we want our laptops to be more powerful and closer towards matching the performance of high-end desktop machines, but we also want them to get increasingly thinner and lighter as we push the boundaries of portability and practicality. When it comes to determining which laptop is the most portable, they might as well all just stop trying now as ThinkTiny has just released a functional notebook that is easily the world’s smallest and one that is hard to beat…at least from a size perspective.
Based on a Lenovo ThinkPad, the ThinkTiny is designed by Paul Klinger and is a fully functioning gaming laptop that has the ability to play classics like Snake, Tetris, and Lunar Lander. The tiny laptop runs on an ATtiny1614 microcontroller and features a 128 x 64 OLED screen. These components are housed in a 3D-printed case that’s complete with a glowing “Think” logo added for visual effect. Sadly, and I know it will inevitably get asked, but I don’t think the ThinkTiny cannot run Crysis.
It might only run the most basic of games, but that is pretty impressive for its size with the only real drawback being that it’s perhaps too small to actually use effectively and playing games on this thing are likely to be incredibly frustrating. When you do then decide to throw it in frustration, it is going to travel a long way and break easily. Or make for a very painful and expensive mistake when you accidentally step on it like Lego.
According to Gizmodo, Klinger has no plans to sell the device as yet, which is perhaps understandable given it looks like a Lenovo machine and he will likely receive a lawsuit if he tries to make a profit out of it, but what he has done is post the entire code and design files on his GitHub page so that you can make it yourself should you want to.
This is not the only miniature Klinger has designed, as he has also created a miniature PC, called the TinyPC, that runs up to five different games on it. You can find the files to build this in the same GitHub repo as well. So, if you can’t keep up with your friends and their high-end machines, perhaps you can at least win the battle for the smallest one instead.
Last Updated: August 1, 2019