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Ben Heck Makes a Xbox 360 S Slim 17'' Laptop

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Mod God Ben Heck is showing off his latest creation: a modded Xbox 360 Slim that makes the new Microsoft console portable.

The Xbox 360 Slim is slimmer than its predecessor. Like most consoles, it's portable in that it's easy to throw it in the trunk of your car, but like most consoles, it's pretty unsuitable for mobile gaming. Thankfully there are people like Ben Heck to solve these kinds of problems for us.

This past weekend, Heck posted pictures and specs of his newest mod, an Xbox 360 Slim Portable, to his blog. Thanks to Ben's alterations, the console now boasts a 17-inch (1280 x 720) Gateway widescreen LCD display. For cooling, he adopted a fan grate design inspired by his PS3 laptop mod.

Mr. Heck says the Xbox 360 Slim Portable is different to his older models in that it's more compact (about 1.5-inches narrower from left to right and one inch narrower from front to back), features an internal power supply, and is much quieter than previous models. He's also managed to preserve the touch sensitive power and eject buttons of the console.

Check out Ben's blog for more pictures and details on how you can win the laptop pictured. He's also making two more that he'll be selling. Information about that is also available on benheck.com.

Source: Ben Heck via Engadget

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    Randomacts , October 13, 2010 6:43 AM
    Or you could just buy/make a laptop...
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    brianfulcher15 , October 13, 2010 1:33 PM
    KawiNinjaZXYea, except PC gaming sucks. Oh snap

    you must be one of those people whom cant afford a gaming pc...
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    jrharbort , October 13, 2010 6:49 AM
    *Just vote down*
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  • 15 Hide
    Randomacts , October 13, 2010 6:43 AM
    Or you could just buy/make a laptop...
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    jrharbort , October 13, 2010 6:49 AM
    *Just vote down*
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    Randomacts , October 13, 2010 6:51 AM
    jrharbortWhere is the fun or adventure in that? Ben is a pioneer and roll model for modders everywhere.It's like asking "why climb a mountain?". Simply because it is there.



    But you could fly over it =p Thats what cool people do :) 
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    crazybaldhead , October 13, 2010 7:13 AM
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    Where is the fun or adventure in that? Ben is a pioneer and roll model for modders everywhere.

    It's like asking "why climb a mountain?". Simply because it is there.


    "roll model"? I'm sorry, is that something like a roll of toilet paper?
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    braneman , October 13, 2010 7:42 AM
    nice, screen is a bit low res but otherwise that is pure awesomesauce.
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    eddieroolz , October 13, 2010 9:38 AM
    Or, instead of going through all this trouble, one can, you know, just buy a gaming laptop.
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    edwinjr , October 13, 2010 11:58 AM
    Yeah, laptop gaming is more powerfull and slimmer than that.
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    Albyint , October 13, 2010 12:16 PM
    That thing is way to thick and probably too heavy. Even if he had weight reduction in mind when he made it, it seems you could achieve the same with a laptop. I would only imagine how powerful a laptop could be if one were that thick however lol. More powerful than an Xbox anyway........
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    mwilliam12 , October 13, 2010 12:40 PM
    Yes, but could you build your own laptop?
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    rochin , October 13, 2010 12:59 PM
    mwilliam12Yes, but could you build your own laptop?



    Sites offer custom built laptops, so yes you can build your own laptop.
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    coffee_man , October 13, 2010 1:02 PM
    couldn't he find any thicker monitor !
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    maigo , October 13, 2010 1:33 PM
    Looks like every other xbox laptop
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    brianfulcher15 , October 13, 2010 1:33 PM
    KawiNinjaZXYea, except PC gaming sucks. Oh snap

    you must be one of those people whom cant afford a gaming pc...
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    Boxa786 , October 13, 2010 1:35 PM
    dont see why he didnt just get a laptop keyboard with touchpad on top of its base, with the cooling fan at the side and/or back. That would have been truly portable.
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    scook9 , October 13, 2010 1:57 PM
    rochinSites offer custom built laptops, so yes you can build your own laptop.

    All you can do is pick the parts for a barebones....that is hardly building a laptop.....
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    nukemaster , October 13, 2010 2:40 PM
    scook9All you can do is pick the parts for a barebones....that is hardly building a laptop.....

    I guess by your logic...All you can do is pick parts to build any computer. So I guess computers are not built either. You choose a barebones that has the board features and screen you want and add to it. Just like picking the board you want and adding to it.
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    prince_david , October 13, 2010 2:53 PM
    Useless but this guy enjoys hacking about in things so good on him.
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    theoutbound , October 13, 2010 3:39 PM
    I appreciate the time, effort and ability this takes, but I'm not sure how viable it really is. It just doesn't look small enough to be truly portable. I think I would rather just carry a 360 and a monitor separately if for some reason I needed it to be portable.
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    michaelssw , October 13, 2010 4:41 PM
    KawiNinjaZXYea, except PC gaming sucks. Oh snap


    How many times did you replace your xbox360? and how much does it cost you to play on xbox live?
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    burnley14 , October 13, 2010 5:37 PM
    brianfulcher15you must be one of those people whom cant afford a gaming pc...


    You must be one of those people "whom" has improper grammar. Pompous ass.
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