A look at
popular customization options for funky laptops.
Funky Laptops -
So what on earth is a funky notebook computer? We've all seen
jazzed up Levi's and pimped out rides, but funky notebooks?
Yep, you've heard right! Funky laptops are in fact the latest
craze, and people are literally funking up their laptops around
In today's visually hungry society, advertising and marketing experts
know very well that consumers want personalized gadgets. We
have factory colored laptops, custom painted laptops, colored
Smartphone's, colored iPods, you name it, for the list goes on. Look at
the millions of dollars we spend each year to get the latest cool
gadgets and trendy products, it's quite staggering actually.
Take a quick step back in time and look at the earliest laptop
computers, remember those days? They were pretty dang boring
right? Laptops of yesterday were often beige, ugly grays,
dull blues, etc. Heck, even many laptop computers in recent years were
let's just say, not exactly hip by today's standards.
Not sure why it took so long for manufacturers to catch on, but
thankfully the plain Jane and John days of laptops are over. Today we
have pink laptops, purple laptops, red laptops, blue laptops, yellow
laptops, green laptops, orange laptops, white laptops, black laptops,
patterned laptops, and now even funky notebooks to name a few.
But so much for the introduction, let's move forward! We're
going to show you some of the best ways to turn already cool colored
laptops into even cooler funky laptops or even purchase a funky laptop
direct from your favorite manufacturer.
Buy A Custom Skinned Laptop
One of the most popular ways to customize a funky laptop is to purchase
a cool custom skin from a laptop skin provider.
What exactly is a laptop skin? Remember that thin transparent film you
found covering your mobile phone's screen the first time you took it
out of the box? Laptop skins are quite similar to them. They are made
from a combination of vinyl and laminating materials and use a special
type of adhesive that doesn't leave any residue. That means you can
change the skin any time without the worries using a conventional
sticker would give you. How's that for funky laptops?
One of the most popular laptop skin manufacturers in the United States
is SkinIt.com. Via Skinit.com you can purchase skins for not just
laptops, but all your favorite products like game consoles, mp3
players, phones, etc. You can very easily order from a huge number of
predefined designs or even create your very own laptop skin cover.
Another popular laptop skin provider is LapJacks, a company based in
the United Kingdom. You can visit their website to choose from the
various designs and placing an order is a snap. They'll provide you
with a kit and explain how to apply the skin. Besides the premade
designs available on the site, you can actually come up with your own.
You can send them images or photos and they'll manufacture the skin
using that design. Another bonus is that they provide skins for other
gadgets and devices too such as iPod's and Xbox's. So besides funky
notebooks, you could just as well have funky smart phones and funky
gaming consoles. Most providers operate in the same way and offer the
If you want a truly custom facelift for your laptop, a stick on custom
skin for your laptop cover is a sweet and quick way to get a funky
laptop. You can apply skins on your laptop's casing very easily, and
there are a ton of predesigned skins to choose from, or if you desire
you can send in your favorite funky designs to get a truly custom skin
Skinning your laptop is definitely a favorite among consumers, and the
perfect path to create cool funky laptops.
Buy A Laptop With A Prefabricated Cover
The funky laptops trend is taken off so fast that computer
manufacturers have significantly taken customer personalization into
account. One of the most popular manufacturers and leading producers of
prefabricated laptop covers is Dell.
Dell has a site called Design Studio and on it customers can choose
from a wide variety of laptop cover designs that would be built into
the unit they purchase. Unlike laptop skins however which are basically
removable and reusable stickers, the prefabricated design method is
There are several categories for the designs. The most generic would
fall under Art. Other categories are actually tie-ups with other
organizations and extra incentive is provided when designs from those
particular categories are chosen. For example when you choose to
purchase a unit with a (PRODUCT) RED™ design, part of the proceeds goes
to the Global Fund whose cause is to fight AIDS in Africa.
Another interesting but not cause-oriented tie-up is Dell's partnership
with Threadless. This is actually an online apparel store whose designs
come from its community of patrons. Members of the Threadless community
submit their own designs which are then voted on. The most popular ones
are selected for printing, usually on t-shirts. The creators are then
given cash and credit prizes. With this partnership, Threadless designs
are now also available as laptop covers.
The artists of the designs selected for Dell are paid flat licensing
fees on top of the usual reward from Threadless. It's now possible for
customers to have funky laptops that exactly match the print on their
funky Threadless t-shirts.
Slap Your Favorite Stickers On Your Laptop
One of the easiest ways
to turn plain laptops into funky laptops is to slap your
favorite stickers on them. This was often the method of
choice before the days of laptop skins and custom laptop designs. After
all we put stickers on our bumpers and bags, on our doors and desks, so
why not a laptop.
Putting your favorite stickers on your laptop is in fact a cheap and
enjoyable way to customize your laptop and at the same time make a
Conventional stickers however have the downside of being more or less
permanent. Of course you can always rip them off but some of the
sticker could remain. Even the most meticulous way of peeling it
sometimes leave some adhesive residue and the clean up job can turn out
to be quite tedious, and then there's also the risk of scratching the
shiny surface of your laptop during removal.
These days we personally prefer a custom skin from Skinit.com or
LapJacks.com over conventional stickers, but nevertheless, this
time-tested customization method is a great way to quickly turn your
laptop into a funky laptop at a low cost.
While each method offers a slew of customization options to jazz up
your laptops exterior appearance, the idea of making funky laptops
should not only be limited to eye-catching cover designs but balancing
exterior style with performance.
After all its the inside of the computer that really matters, and so
you will want to make sure your laptop has the specifications to match
your funky laptops exterior. Our Laptop Buying Guide is a great start,
check it out!
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