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Xbox 360 Laptop Creator Unveils Sleek New Design

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the look-at-the-shiny dept.

Portables (Games) 46

A couple years ago we discussed Benjamin Heckendorn's modification which turned the Xbox 360 into a laptop. Now, he's completed a new, revamped design which includes a removable Xbox 360 hard drive, an internal Wi-fi module and a new button layout. It looks a lot nicer, too. He's also posted a description of how he did it.

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Sleek? (3, Insightful)

kevind23 (1296253) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998251)

I wouldn't exactly call it sleek, but then again, you're trying to turn a 360 into a laptop...

I'm dumping my Apple stock! (1, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998479)

Macbooks are so ugly next to this thing.

whoa (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998309)

Wow, it's been about 30 seconds and his site is already down. That sucks cuz it sounded REALLY COOL!

Re:whoa (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998699)

The nyud.net links weren't working for me. Here's a pic on DVICE, [dvice.com] at least.

Mirror (2, Informative)

404 Clue Not Found (763556) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998979)

Try this Zoho mirrored printout [zoho.com] with the full article (including pics).

Re:whoa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998703)

so stop trying to go to his site so i can look. :-P

Wow.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998323)

Nary two comments, and his site is already down.

Do you smell something burning? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998327)

As an added bonus, you can fry an egg on it!

First post from original /. article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998339)

The server's been dead for hours...

Re:First post from original /. article (1)

kevind23 (1296253) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998519)

No it hasn't, it was up at least 10 minutes before you posted this comment. Images and all.

Re:First post from original /. article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26003695)

kthanx but I was referring to the xbox "laptop" itself....

sheesh jokes are never as funny when you have to explain them!

So, the obvious question (4, Insightful)

Caboosian (1096069) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998401)

Is Microsoft really stupid enough to not hire this guy? He's been doing this for years, and really makes some fantastic designs. At the very least have the brains to steal his idea MS - there's clearly a market here (whether it's a niche or not remains to be seen).

Re:So, the obvious question (5, Insightful)

Drinking Bleach (975757) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998467)

Might as well ask if Nintendo and Sony are too stupid to hire him too, since he's done console projects of their hardware too (including PS3 and Wii laptops...). Not to mention a whole bunch of dead consoles turned portable; Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, etc

Yes yes a thousand times yes. (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998777)

I don't have an XBOX, 360 or otherwise. I travel too much to make it worth it.

But this... damn yes this.

I'd by this tommorrow if they had it.

Re:Yes yes a thousand times yes. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998937)

ummm he creates this in order to sell.... "they" do have it.

Re:So, the obvious question (3, Interesting)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998797)

From what I gather of the few posts I've read of his over the time, he prefers new and varied challenges and isn't overly enthusiastic about becoming an assembly line.

Not saying that would be what Microsoft would hire him for but he would be stifled working on microsoft only products.

Not to mention the fact that great hacker he might be, it might not be true that he has the right type of experience in mass production manufacturing in order to really aid them. The cost of these units is quite high. It would go down but the interest in one, considering price, would be at best, niche.

Re:So, the obvious question (1)

DreamsAreOkToo (1414963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26001243)

I don't think they'd hire him as an assembly line worker, but instead an engineer/designer.

Truthfully, I'm not sure how you got modded +4, interesting. It's common sense that people that come up with innovative new ideas get hired into development, not production.

Re:So, the obvious question (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 5 years ago | (#26001983)

Why not just license his designs?

Re:So, the obvious question (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998921)

http://benheck.com.nyud.net/12-02-2008/new-xbox-360-portable [nyud.net]
(because I couldn't get the site to load)

Usually the cooler a one-off tech gadget looks, the harder it is to mass produce.
OTOH, MS could probably charge one heck of a premium for a portable xbox experience.

Re:So, the obvious question (1)

alcmaeon (684971) | more than 5 years ago | (#26003191)

there's clearly a market here

You could be right, but I rather suspect there was never a market for a kludgy, 14 lb., steel notebook, but back in the days of the Macintosh Portable and the IBM 5155 Portable there weren't a whole lot of alternatives; now there are.

Wondering why Microsoft isn't making one? (1)

gblackwo (1087063) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998497)

Probably because they have failed to make a non-portable unit that doesn't overheat. Anyone in here imagine them making a smaller enclosure that doesn't overheat? Not I.

Anyway, Ben makes some pretty cool mods, stuff I wish I had the time and money to do.

Site takedown.... (4, Funny)

rwven (663186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998569)

Seriously, considering how often Ben Heck gets linked to on tech sites, I cant believe the guy hasn't upgraded to some decent hosting yet.

I'd really like to actually read this article.

Re:Site takedown.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998869)

Why pay money for hosting when you can just ride out the gawker storm? If you are not making money on advertising, that seems to be pretty pointless. Anyone really interested in this is going to bookmark and come back later.

Re:Site takedown.... (1)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#25998947)

Maybe he can't afford to pay for increased costs of hosting far above his needs except for the odd mass link.

Re:Site takedown.... (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25999371)

I pay $20 mo for shared hosting at 1and1 and I've survived a digg onslaught before. It doesn't take a lot of money to get decent hosting.

Re:Site takedown.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26001197)

Well.... this is slashdot, not digg ;)

Re:Site takedown.... (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 5 years ago | (#26004609)

digg generates more traffic than slashdot does. Digg is quite a bit more popular last time I checked.

I know...it sucks...but it's true.

I will say that the troll level here has gone down significantly since digg hit its stride.

Re:Site takedown.... (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#26038089)

Quality over Quantity

Re:Site takedown.... (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 5 years ago | (#26064407)

Hear hear! :)

Re:Site takedown.... (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25999263)

Doesn't he have links on his site to watch his movies as well? I haven't watched his movies, but he has been linked to a lot over the years.

I really loved the PS2 portable with no enclosure over the DVD, but he said it cooled his hand like a fan while he played it.

Re:Site takedown.... (2)

Lordnerdzrool (884216) | more than 5 years ago | (#26003341)

Problem is that when he bought a new server for his site, he tore it to pieces because he wanted something more portable.

Nothing like yesterday's news (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25998805)

Sometimes, Slashdot is so far behind it's not funny. At least this isn't a week old news item.

too late... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26000451)

he should have turned into a web server.

good at what he does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26002243)

While he's definitely pretty good at what he does, it's statements like this that make me shake my head: "As you can see in the photo above I am a big fan of scanners. See, if you scan something with Photoshop it will come in at actual size. Then, if you take said image into Illustrator (with which I do all my designing, and in 2D to boot) you can get an actual-size reference." It's clear that he's good with electronics, but doesn't know squat about graphics or graphics applications (Photoshop has nothing to do with scanning at "actual size", nor does Illustrator).

Anyone have any idea what the battery-life is on this thing, btw?

Re:good at what he does (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 5 years ago | (#26003137)

"Anyone have any idea what the battery-life is on this thing, btw?"

well lets see .. if he put in an extended Li like lenovo uses i think their largest is 90wh.. and the newest Jasper uses 150w.. so using that i don't see any more than 25-30m.. probley less cause that 150w doesn't take the LCD into account.. which is a desktop one so about 30w.. so 180w... 90wh.. yea 30min at best on the very first use of the battery

Re:good at what he does (1)

s.carr1024 (1165945) | more than 5 years ago | (#26005331)

There is no battery. You'd need an enormous one to run the Xbox and the monitor for an extended period of time.

Re:good at what he does (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 5 years ago | (#26007015)

isnt' that exaclty what i said? i put "well if he put a battery in it" and then took the largest one i could find's specs (well the largest easy to get one) and pointed out it would last 30min.

Re:good at what he does (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26003415)

...did it have a battery? I didn't see one.

I'm not sure what the point is (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#26003337)

He took at 10 pound console and made a 14 pound "portable". Really, why would someone even want to carry it around?

Its neat, sure. But I see it as a solution in search of a problem.

Playing fast and loose w/ "portable" and "laptop" (1)

s.carr1024 (1165945) | more than 5 years ago | (#26005545)

Getting this out of the way: I think is project is really cool and all and he seems like a nice guy. By what definition is the thing portable? It still needs to be plugged in to play. This "laptop" isn't any lighter than just carrying the monitor and Xbox seperately. By what definition is this thing a laptop? It has no battery and realistically no one is keeping something that big and heavy on their lap. If I duct tape my monitor to my case is it now a portable laptop?
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