Xbox Laptop 360 - Part 5: Mission Completed!


  Dateline: Early September, 2006

   With all the troubleshooting done I could finally assemble the last bits of the unit, seal it up and complete it. FINALLY. This mostly involved installing the front plates such as the keyboard, ring of light and screen controls. Here are several photos of the completed unit:

Call the electric company, an Xbox has been turned on!
Photo behind the 360 laptop, with super power plug.
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  The finished unit, loaded with distilled water, weighs about 14 lbs, according to my bathroom scale. Of course, I'm not always inclined to believe THAT thing ;)

Xbox 360 laptop, closed, on table.
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  The total thickness of the final unit is 2.8 inches. My goal was for it to be under 3, so I'm happy.

Front detail, with controller.
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  Here you can see the eject button for the lid (front, near the Ring of Light) and front exhaust holes which have their own fan. Inside one of the holes is the "Bind" button for the controllers.

Feed me OBLIVION!.... Thank you kind sir!
The DVD tray, in "eject position" Note the lid open button and front USB port on the right. Noted? Great.

  The DVD tray BARELY fit through the hole I had cut, even after I hand-Dremeled an extra bit of room at the top. Oh well, I'll take barely fits over DOESN'T fit any day!

Jason Jones, Xbox fiend, embarking on a Dead Rising zombie killing spree. He's thrilled that he can read the text now.
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Monkeys attack this thing a lot
The bottom of the Xbox 360 Laptop

Jones continues his quest to become "The Next Top Gaming Model"
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Top-down detail of keyboard and control area. The keys were cut using a laser engraver and attached to the original keyboard's silicon dome buttons. Thus, the spacing remains the same, sans number pad.
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Profile of the XBox 360 laptop.

Quality... NOT "quaility"
Jones gives his review of the device. Strangely, it's the same thing he says about everything he likes.

Rear ports, including component, VGA, TOSLink and the Wi-Fi antenna. Separate cables not sold separately.

At least none of them are red
The beloved "ring of light", blinking happily for all Xbox lovers to see.

Closer view of screen, with white picket fence suburbia in the background.

Xbox 360 laptop, closed on table, with beer can next to it for size reference.
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- Videos -

Here's a video of the Xbox 360 laptop running with the enclosure plates removed. I tried to zoom in so you could see water rushing around, but without bubbles it's kind of hard to see. You'll get the point regardless.

Xbox running, open (Small)

Xbox running, open (Large)

- Photo Pack -

Should you like to see original high resolution pictures of the unit I have prepared a "photo pack" Also if you write an article about this you can simply grab these photos without having to ask me to send them (just ask permission to re-use them)

Xbox 360 Laptop Photo Pack (local copy)

Xbox 360 Laptop Photo Pack (mirror 1)

Xbox 360 Laptop Photo Pack (directory unzipped mirror)


All in all this project took me just over 3 months to complete. That is a record, even the very first Atari 2600 portable I built, back when I was a nOOb, only took two months. But you know, what's the point of doing things if you don't keep challenging yourself? Resting on your laurels leads to... well, smashed laurels I guess.

I hope this "making of" hasn't been too boring for you. Thanks for your time, have a swell day!


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