I’m Yao, a Singapore/China (mainland) based modder for TPs. 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 a hobby, although it’s taking up more and more of my time. I fly frequently between China and Singapore (pre-COVID), 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. All the builds you see are a collaboration between me and my uncle. I also take commissions personally in Singapore.

My workshop

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