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If you can’t wait for Razer’s three-screen laptop to ship, just build your own

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You’ll need two monitors, some door hinges, and glue

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Razer’s three-screen Project Valerie prototype was one of the highlights of CES 2017, with a crazy design that offers a multi-monitor screen setup on an ostensibly portable laptop. But Project Valerie is just a proof-of-concept device, and like many of Razer’s wild concepts, it might never ship. Fortunately, there’s always the option to follow in the footsteps of YouTuber JerryRigEverything, who took Razer’s device and inspiration to build his own DIY version.

Using two USB-based monitors, some door hinges, and some epoxy glue to hold it all together, JerryRigEverything’s version is a reasonable facsimile of Razer’s prototype, albeit in a far bulkier and less-polished form factor. Unlike Project Valerie’s extra screens that have an automated mechanism to slide behind the primary display, the DIY model simply folds the side monitors on top of the regular laptop when closed, resulting in a far thicker end product. JerryRigEverything also notes that the USB-powered screens aren’t great for gaming, due to a low refresh rate.

But if you really want to be able to surround yourself with screens on the go and don’t mind the aesthetics, then go break out your glue gun and get to work.