T25 Frankenpad Kit

Last updated: 23 September 2020

Introduction

The T480 line of laptop can be modded to fit the T25 keyboard. A full documentation and breakdown of the process is available here as well as here. Please refer to these 2 pages to have a clearer understanding of the parts and prices listed here. Please email/DM if you want to place an order for the kit.

Payment information

All prices quoted here are in USD and is the price for PayPal payments which includes the 4.45% PayPal tax. Other forms of payments are also accepted:

PayPalAll prices in this page are for PayPal payments
TransferwiseA 4.45% discount will be applied as PayPal takes a percentage of the proceeds
CryptocurrencyOnly USDT is accepted. A 4.45% discount will be applied to all prices quoted here.

Base Kit

The base kit contains the following parts as detailed in the information page. This base kit is everything needed for a full T480>T25 transformation.

PartInformation/FRU
Palmrest with 3D parts preinstalled and cut01HX686
The palmrest (keyboard deck) will be precut and epoxied with the 3D printed parts
It will be tested to fit before shipping
Keyboard01HW487
ANSI keyboard only
Keyboard power button (includes plastic button)01HX689 or 01AV233
Plastic button is cut from an X220 keyboard
Exactly the same size and dimension as the original
TouchpadTouchpad from X1C5/X1C6
Full glass instead of original T480 plastic trackpad
Hinges01AX952 or 01AX953
Both new hinges will be sent
Only the left hinge is modified
IO bracket01YR515
Precut to fit the palmrest
Fingerprint reader + bracket + FFC cable01AX699
Consists of 3 parts
Bracket is from the T470

The kit will be priced at $400 inclusive of shipping.

The SSD bracket is not included and will require you to cut and fit the SSD cage manually.

Additional Parts/Mods

This mods in this section are not necessary for the complete conversion of a T480 and are considered peripherals. It enhances the T25 frankenpad experience that much more. All of the price quoted excludes shipping.

Display

ItemDescriptionPrice
FHD low-power panelN140HCG-GQ2
T490 low power FHD panel
Does not come with display cable
Comes with 14″ display mount
Review here
$70
2K matte panelLP140QH2-SPB1
T480 stock matte WQHD panel
Does not come with display cable
Comes with 14″ display mount
Review here
Email/DM to enquire about other 2K matte panels
$90
2K HDR glossy panelB140QAN02.0
2K HDR panel of the X1C6
Does not come with display cable
Comes with 14″ display mount
Review here
$90
4K HDR glossy panelBOE NV140QUM-N53
4K HDR panel of the X1C7
Does not come with display cable
Comes with 14″ display mount
Review here
$90
FHD 120hz panelM140NVF7 R0
HP 840 G5 privacy filter panel
Does not come with display cable
Comes with 14″ display mount
Review here
$90
30pin FHD eDP display cable01YR501
Supports FHD non-touch and lower resolutions
$15
40pin 2K/4K/120Hz eDP display cable01YR503
Supports 2K or higher resolution
$15
Top half with IR sensorYour choice of display preassembled in a top half
Your choice of panel
Hinge is precut
Normal plastic chassis
All cables are installed properly (eDP, camera, WWAN/WiFi antennas)
Comes with IR camera with no privacy shutter
$100 + price of panel
Top half with privacy shutterYour choice of display preassembled in a top half
Your choice of panel
Hinge is precut
Normal plastic chassis
All cables are installed properly (eDP, camera, WWAN/WiFi antennas)
Comes with privacy shutter with no IR camera
$90 + price of panel
Magnesium top half with IR sensorYour choice of display preassembled in a top half
Your choice of panel
Hinge is precut
Magnesium top lid
All cables are installed properly (eDP, camera, WWAN/WiFi antennas)
Comes with IR camera with no privacy shutter
$120 + price of panel
Magnesium top half with privacy shutterYour choice of display preassembled in a top half
Your choice of panel
Hinge is precut
Magnesium top lid
All cables are installed properly (eDP, camera, WWAN/WiFi antennas)
Comes with privacy shutter with no IR camera
$120 + price of panel
Parts not listed from aboveDM/email for quote

Fan, WiFi & SSD

The iGPU T480 comes with a single heatpipe variant of the fan while the dGPU variant comes with 2 heatpipes. The fan can be replaced for a better performance on iGPU models.

The stock WiFi is an AC wireless card. An Intel AX200 can be added in for a WiFi 6 experience.

NVMe M.2 2242 SSDs can be added for a dual drive configuration. The recommended SSD is the Samsung PM991 OEM M.2 2242 NVMe SSD.

PartPrice
T480 dGPU dual heatpipe fan$25
AX200$15
M.2 2242 NVMe Samsung PM991 128GB$40
M.2 2242 NVMe Samsung PM991 256GB$60
M.2 2242 NVMe Samsung PM991 512GB$100

Extra parts

The T480 bottom case has clips that are fairly easy to break. Consider getting an extra bottom case in case the original breaks. The 3D printed parts used in my design are also included here. DM/email for quotes for other parts.

PartPrice
T480 new bottom case$20
3D printed parts$25

BIOS Modding

A CH341a can be used to mod the stock BIOS of the T480. This is fully detailed here. This removes the WWAN USB whitelist enabling any add-on card to be installed, including this internal USB dock. A small wireless mouse receiver etc can then be installed in this slot, opening up a world of possibilities for expandability.

PartPrice
CH341a 3.3v USB EEPROM$7
M.2 2242 to 4 port USB hub$10
M.2 2242 to 4 port USB hub

M.2 2280 SSD/RAM

SSD/RAMPrice
128GB (PM981a)$25
256GB (PM981a)$40
512GB (PM981a)$75
1TB (PM981a)$160
2TB (PM981a)$300
8GB DDR4 2666MHz$40
16GB DDR4 2666MHz$70
32GB DDR4 2666MHz$135