New Xbox 360 Portable Revision 5

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A few months ago I announced that I would be building a few more Xbox 360 portables, and well, here’s one now! While it looks similar to the previous model it’s once again a from-scratch redesign and has the following features:

  • Built-in Ethernet port, finally.
  • Built-in WiFi adapter, as usual.
  • Digital pushbutton volume control rather than a clunky knob. I used a different audio amp as well, and it sounds a lot better.
  • Flush-mount DVD door and side panels (such as the memory card slots)
  • IR sensor for the remote control.
  • Two user USB ports.
  • More air holes!
  • Jasper motherboard.

For more pictures, info and a demo video, click below. Both of these new units are spoken for (commission) but later this summer, after I take a break, I will probably be taking on new work so stay tuned!

Here’s the unit open. The internal layout is almost identical to the previous model, though now there’s a better bracket to hold the fans, the hard drive connector is aligned via the case, and the DVD door is thick like the side of the case but sits flush inside it. Again the heat sink are supplemented with copper – the wonder metal that works wonders.

Testing the unit using Street Fighter 4. This is a good game for that because you can set the computer to just fight itself, over and over, so the system is doing something without any input.

The fabled Ethernet port. Strangely Menards is the best place to find Ethernet ports, they have a wall-jack unit you can get for like 5 bucks. A regular cable plugs into the Xbox motherboard, then is wired to this plug. Some plugs and jacks have internal circuitry, which we don’t want, so this is the simplest solution.

DVD drive open with the flush-mount door. Actually my friend Dave Campbell saw this while I was working on it and said “Why not make the DVD door flush?” and I said “Say, that’s a good idea!” and so it was. I guess I owe him a can of pop or something now.

Side view of unit. The memory card ports and vent are similar to the last model, though now this plate is flush with the side of the unit.

Unit with lid closed. The screws to hold the lid together are now on the inside and countersunk, much like a normal laptop.

LCD controls. Once again I’ve used the Gateway 1775W widescreen 17″ monitor. It has DVI in, which is pin compatible with the 360′s HDMI, and the resolution is exactly 1280×720, unlike most computer monitors.

Come to think of it, this is the only white-colored Xbox 360 laptop I’ve built since the original.

A short video of the unit in action.

Fun bonus: For your modding/experimentation/design pleasure, here are the mechanical layouts for some of my older Xbox 360 portable projects. Rquires AI version 10 or newer, enjoy.

Revision 1 (Original)

Revision 2 (Second, obviously)

Revision 3 (Halo inspired)

250 thoughts on “New Xbox 360 Portable Revision 5”

  1. has the full list of Fallout 3 Achievements. Kinda of spoilerish, but if you are indeed curious hop in into the achievement train.

  2. Hey Ben. I think what you are doing with these laptops are great. I have always had trouble moving my 360 from one place to another. How much would you be willing to sell on of these laptops for?


  3. Again I worship you

    I would love so much t have a 360-laptop and a ps3-laptop

    did you study something to be able to do these things?

  4. Are you selling it and is it ever going to be sold in stores. If your selling it how much are you selling it for

  5. im just wonderin how much do you want for that portable 360? because i really wish i could get one so badly, so if you are willing to sale that 360 how much do would you want for it? can u send me an email an let me know,

  6. Are you going to make a detailed “making of” for this revision?. Following the “how to”s for the first 3 would be alright till I reach the part of taking apart the motherboard. I didn’t take it apart yet, but it is a Jasper. Would there be a difference?

    Also, has any of them ever “RRoD”ed on you?

  7. I am wondering the same as others here, how much for one? Can i send an Xbox 360 console to be gutted out and used for one? Name the price please!!!!

  8. I want one please let me have one it’s so cool!!!!! I’m begging email me at I must have it it’s so cool or you can have a sweepstakes!!!!!! I must have one though it’s the coolest xbox I have seen since the elite… I also don’t have a xbox!!!!!!! I have a stupid ps3!!!!! The ps3 is boring but the xbox laptop is relly cool I want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can even pay!!!!!!!!!!!! I just must have it that is awsome so remember to email me at!!!!!!!! I must have it I rate it five stars every time I watch it so email me as soon as posible!!!!!!!!! I want that xbox laptop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s so asome so here is my email one more time!!!!!!!!! I just must have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so cool I am your biggest fan I just realy want it it Is asome so cool so one last time to email me my email is that is so awsome I’ll do anything that is so cool!!!!!!!!! Your xbox is the coolest I want it so one more time my email is so email me because I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. how much are they! i have to have one it so cool and my xbox live is being dome and i all ways have to go some where and i never get to play it that wouald be sooooooo cooooolllll if i get one ireally need one!

  10. Hello Ben! I was thinking if you put the hard drive like in the second and third xbox laptop generacion, you can have (with a few changes) a (small) space to put a battery and that will make the xbox laptop really portable.

    Think about it….

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  13. are these for real and if so are u willing tomake and sell to people let me know in the email thank you

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