N-O-D-E’s Handheld Linux Terminal

Fit an entire Raspberry Pi-based laptop into your pocket with N-O-D-E’s latest Handheld Linux Terminal build.


With interests in modding tech, exploring the boundaries of the digital world, and open source, YouTuber N-O-D-E has become one to watch within the digital maker world. He maintains a channel focused on “the transformative power of technology.”

“Understanding that electronics isn’t voodoo is really powerful”, he explains in his Patreon video. “And learning how to build your own stuff opens up so many possibilities.”

NODE Youtube channel logo - Handheld Linux Terminal v3

The topics of his videos range from stripped-down devices, upgraded tech, and security upgrades, to the philosophy behind technology. He also provides weekly roundups of, and discussions about, new releases.

Essentially, if you like technology, you’ll like N-O-D-E.

Handheld Linux Terminal v3

Subscribers to N-O-D-E’s YouTube channel, of whom there are currently over 44000, will have seen him documenting variations of this handheld build throughout the last year. By stripping down a Raspberry Pi 3, and incorporating a Zero W, he’s been able to create interesting projects while always putting functionality first.

Handheld Linux Terminal v3

With the third version of his terminal, N-O-D-E has taken experiences gained from previous builds to create something of which he’s obviously extremely proud. And so he should be. The v3 handheld is impressively small considering he managed to incorporate a fully functional keyboard with mouse, a 3.5″ screen, and a fan within the 3D-printed body.

Handheld Linux Terminal v3

“The software side of things is where it really shines though, and the Pi 3 is more than capable of performing most non-intensive tasks,” N-O-D-E goes on to explain. He demonstrates various applications running on Raspbian, plus other operating systems he has pre-loaded onto additional SD cards:

“I have also installed Exagear Desktop, which allows it to run x86 apps too, and this works great. I have x86 apps such as Sublime Text and Spotify running without any problems, and it’s technically possible to use Wine to also run Windows apps on the device.”

We think this is an incredibly neat build, and we can’t wait to see where N-O-D-E takes it next!


spock avatar

extremely cool! :)
it just is a pity that the keyboard is so hard to find.

solar3000 avatar

uhhh. Yah, I’ll put that in my pocket.
I was hoping it was a zero.

Helen Lynn avatar

You never know. Pockets come in all kinds of sizes.

solar3000 avatar

Hehe! I made a tiny zero with a tiny LCD screen in a tiny case that fits in my pocket. My phone is the keyboard over ssh.

Simon Long avatar

Just how (un)usable would a keyboard the size of a Zero be?

Alex Bate avatar

MarvMan avatar

:D :)

solar3000 avatar

You’re tiny grasshopper

french avatar

The best is Apple with Mactini !


MarvMan avatar

Oh, so sweet…

MarvMan avatar

I have one question to THE RASPBERRY TEAM: What WordPress-Theme are you using? It’s just beautiful.

solar3000 avatar

If you right click and view source, you’ll find:


Tom avatar

It’s one of those things you think is cool until you make one and never use it.

Peter Barker avatar

I like the screen!

I went down a different route, used a zero, make my own keyboard, and used a lower resolution screen


AQ avatar

Ok, first I need a DIY for making that keyboard….

Lomax avatar

Very nice build – but I can’t help thinking it looks an awful lot like the Pandora / Pyra handheld: https://pyra-handheld.com

M S avatar

impressive, and i wonder hows the battery duration(run time)?

C C avatar

Watch the video, particularly at the 1:04 mark.

Michael Wells avatar

I cannot understand why a direct link to his project page for this build has not been put in the main article:
along with a direct link to his YouTube video for this project:

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