My goal for this project is to design and build a laptop using easily accessible parts with solid documentation. I will link or post electrical documentation that I use, as for physical design,I am using OnShape. (a free web-based public CAD program) I plan on using this laptop as my daily driver so it will need to be durable, repairable, and easy to clean. I am comfortable using the Pi because any heavy computing or work can be remotely done on my much more powerful desktop.
Still in the early design stages. At this point I'm trying to find a keyboard suitable for use. I have a salvaged laptop keyboard, but it uses an unknown type of ribbon cable (to me at least). I found a thread that gave good insight on how to go about using a laptops keyboard, but at this point I don't know if there will be time to go about reverse engineering the cable. (I want to get the laptop working before classes start) So I have started hunting for ultra-thin wired and Bluetooth keyboards on Amazon. I would prefer to have a wired board as several reviews of wireless boards made note of the time required for the keyboard to "wake."
Aside from the keyboard I have found a battery suitable to drive both the display and electronics. If space permits I will likely add an additional 5V battery to charge and power additional peripherals.