We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

The components of a PC are delicate and need to be treated with care.

This isn't an issue with big bulky desktops that very rarely move from their home.

However, it's a different story for laptops. Portable PCs respond poorly to flames, freefalls, and blunt-force trauma (accidental or otherwise).

And unlike a smartphone, which fits snugly in a pocket or pouch, a laptop is bulky In short, they can be a disaster waiting to happen.

We've scoured the web to find the 15 worst true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops.

Warning: If you're offended by graphic images of singed silicon and eviscerated electronics, click away now! Brave souls, continue.

Calling Al Capone

"This was a dying laptop owned by my co-worker, and he had a friend with a Vickers machine gun. The next step was obvious," said C A Bridges.

To witness the rat-a-tat carnage, check out this YouTube clip. Is machine gunfire covered under warranty?

Special delivery

Andrew Tegala was working in technical support when this pulverised portable arrived.

"I headed over to the reception area and saw a laptop back with a delivery address taped to the side," he said.

"I realised then that the laptop had been sent in just the bag, no packaging. As I picked up the case, I heard the rattle inside of small fragments (the LCD display was smashed)."

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  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop


We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

Office revenge

"The laptop in question met its demise during a routine cull of office equipment," said Henry Cooke.

"This particular little beast had been the bane of our collective existence, however, so when its time came we used slightly more than the necessary amount of force in propelling it to the skip four floors down." Tony Soprano would be proud.

Try the dental records

This charred laptop couldn't be saved, although its owner miraculously managed to recover data from the hard drive, according to Tim Gee.

NEXT PAGE: Executive privilege and Abstract art

  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop


We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

Executive privilege

This Dell Latitude D500 didn't obey the boss - and paid the ultimate price.

The demolition job "was the work of an executive at our company who was angry that the computer was so slow. He angrily swept it off his desk and into the wall," said Patrick Maloney.

Two words: anger management.

Abstract art

No, that's not a screen saver. "With a school full of kids and laptops, accidents are bound to happen," said Arvind S. Grover, director of technology at The Hewitt School in New York City.

"This particular laptop was in a student's bag and got crushed while left in a hallway. To the student's horror, this is what she saw the next time she powered up the machine!"

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We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

Keyboard optional

Josh Hallett snapped a shot of this damaged HP demo unit at a nearby Wal-Mart.

"That laptop with all the keys ripped off was quite a sight. There were actually a few of them with keys missing," Hallett said.

Maybe that's why HP is bullish on touchscreens.

Oops! My bad

Technology drives us all a little batty.

Just ask Arjay Arceo, who one day gave his Dell laptop screen a knuckle sandwich.

"I got really mad, then punched it," Arceo said. "I did spend a lot of money to replace it." Perhaps a stress ball next time?

NEXT PAGE: Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag

  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop


We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

Okay, what happened here?

"The story behind its destruction is my friend threw an N64 controller at me," said Liam Higgins.

The controller "flew right into the screen, cracking it. It was a fairly old laptop at the time with no data that I cared about, so I took the opportunity to smash it more and remove the keys for a photo shoot".

Beware the bag

When Marcus Sanford placed his HP laptop in a protective carrying bag on a bike rack, he assumed the PC was safe.

Guess again. As Sanford chronicles in this blog post, the laptop suffered significant damage when the bag "flew off the rack and hit the road".

The screen cracks are certainly stylish, though.

NEXT PAGE: Mystery damage and Slate smackdown

  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop


We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

Mystery damage

Vicky Sawyer participates in a local computer literacy program, and she isn't quite sure how this Dell laptop cracked up.

But she has weighed three possible scenarios:

  1. A baby toy fell on it
  2. It was in a book bag that was thrown against a wall
  3. Two kids were fighting over it, and it fell.

"I don't believe 1 at all. I think 3 is most plausible," she said.

Slate smackdown

Stephen Hackett used to repair computers at an Apple service provider, and in that job he saw his fair share of damaged hardware.

This shell-shocked laptop fell off a table and had a meet-and-greet with a slate floor. Ouch!

NEXT PAGE: Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required

  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop


We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

Spontaneous combustion

Laptop battery pyrotechnics have always posed a hazard to the unfortunate few.

Gino Zahnd snapped this shot of a charred Dell laptop, which reportedly burst into flames in a Yahoo office building in California.

"It emptied the building, complete with fire alarm and all," Zahnd said on his Flickr page.

Some assembly required

Laptop repairs aren't for the faint of heart.

Joanne Owens
reports that her husband bravely dismantled this laptop, which had stopped working after filling with dust during a home renovation project.

"He took it apart in an attempt to fixit," Joanne said. "Surprisingly, it did work afterwards!"

NEXT PAGE: A truly green laptop

  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop


We scoured the web to find true tales of splintered, shattered and smashed laptops. Here's the 15 worst.

A truly green laptop

In nature, rebirth often follows destruction. Arvids Baranovs chose to repurpose his dying Windows laptop as a planter.

"This was my first laptop I bought back in 2003, and it served me well through my university years," he said.

"As it reached its end of life, I switched to an Apple portable and decided to build a 'memorial' for the old one."

It's hard to see, but Baranovs used the Windows key as a gravestone in the middle of his keyboard garden.

See also: The 22 weirdest laptop designs

  1. When bad things happen to (mostly) good PCs
  2. Office revenge and try the dental records
  3. Executive privilege and Abstract art
  4. Keyboard optional and Oops! My bad
  5. Okay, what happened here? and Beware the bag
  6. Mystery damage and Slate smackdown
  7. Spontaneous combustion and Some assembly required
  8. A truly green laptop