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Ben Heck is probably the best known creator of custom console hardware on the Internet and regularly turns machines into laptops with built-in displays making them portable.

Ben’s done a number of Xbox 360 laptops in the past, but he’s finally managed to create one using the new Slim version of the 360 hardware. Why is this good news? Well it means you culd now potentially have a 360 laptop that is quiet and produces a lot less heat due to the Slim redesign offering those features as standard.

The laptop looks a little fat, but is still slimmer than Ben’s previous version using the older hardware iteration. The Slim is 16 10.5 inches versus 17.5 x 11.74 inches. It also has an internal powersupply meaning no brick to carry around.

The laptop in the video is going to be a price on The Ben Heck Show, but he is making two others if you want to buy one.

  

Matthew’s Opinion

I do wonder whether Microsoft officially making these laptop versions of the 360 would make commercial sense. If you added a 17″ display to the unit and charged an additional $150 wouldgamers buy it? You’d have to retain the ability to connect to a large screen TV, but for playing around the house or taking to a friends I’d certainly appreciate a screen to go with the unit.

Placing this thing on your lap would not be advisable. The Slim does cool things down a bit, but it must still get hot after a long session of Halo: Reach. The only issue I see with the screen is closing it when the system has been used for a while. Even with the top mounted fan no longer spinning a lot of heat is going to escape through it. If the laptop is closed first contact will be with the screen and may cause an issue over time.

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Ben Heck is probably the best known creator of custom console hardware on the Internet and regularly turns machines into laptops with built-in displays making them portable.

Ben’s done a number of Xbox 360 laptops in the past, but he’s finally managed to create one using the new Slim version of the 360 hardware. Why is this good news? Well it means you culd now potentially have a 360 laptop that is quiet and produces a lot less heat due to the Slim redesign offering those features as standard.

The laptop looks a little fat, but is still slimmer than Ben’s previous version using the older hardware iteration. The Slim is 16 10.5 inches versus 17.5 x 11.74 inches. It also has an internal powersupply meaning no brick to carry around.

The laptop in the video is going to be a price on The Ben Heck Show, but he is making two others if you want to buy one.

  

Matthew’s Opinion

I do wonder whether Microsoft officially making these laptop versions of the 360 would make commercial sense. If you added a 17″ display to the unit and charged an additional $150 wouldgamers buy it? You’d have to retain the ability to connect to a large screen TV, but for playing around the house or taking to a friends I’d certainly appreciate a screen to go with the unit.

Placing this thing on your lap would not be advisable. The Slim does cool things down a bit, but it must still get hot after a long session of Halo: Reach. The only issue I see with the screen is closing it when the system has been used for a while. Even with the top mounted fan no longer spinning a lot of heat is going to escape through it. If the laptop is closed first contact will be with the screen and may cause an issue over time.