About me

My name is Xue Yao, a Singapore/China (mainland) based modder for ThinkPads. I started with modding IBM Model M/F keyboards in 2018 and that sparked my love for good design, specifically good industrial design. ThinkPads became my next love affair in 2019, where I began with modding X330. I became involved with 51nb’s X210 project in mid 2019, which was delayed until mid 2020 due to COVID19.

I’m currently a full time undergraduate student at the National University of Singapore majoring in Electrical Engineering. As such, this is strictly a hobby, although it’s taking up more and more of my time. I fly frequently between China and Singapore, and most of my work takes place in my workshop in China. As the number of commissions and orders increase, I’ve partnered up with my uncle, who’s a veteran technician with more than 20 years of SMT/soldering experience. Most of the mods that’s shipped is a collaboration between me and my uncle. I also take commissions in South East Asia in Singapore.

My workshop

Just some pics of my workshop 🙂

Acknowledgements and Copyrights

  • All the laptop cliparts are from Lenovo and edited by me. They can be found in Lenovo’s hardware maintenance manual.
  • All pictures are original pictures from me unless otherwise stated. Please let me know if you wish to use the images 🙂
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