XBox 360… laptop

Ben Heck's XBox 360 laptop
I’m posting this a little early because it’s gonna be popular. Ben Heckendorn has been up to his tricks again. This time he built a 14 pound, water cooled 17 inch XBox 360 aluminum cased laptop. It’s got all the outputs you could ever need. This one is very good. He was kind enough to write up the build and do a nice photo shoot. Oh, this is very, very nice.

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Comments

  1. Ed says:

    wow…just wow. NICE work.

  2. jaycruz says:

    thats so freakin sweet! i dont have one, but i am going to buy one just to mod it out like that

  3. greg says:

    sweet mod, but to really make it a laptop, don’t you think it should run on batteries? I guess that would make it more difficult.

  4. bfr says:

    That’s nuts. i love it

  5. aksarf says:

    the 360 would never run off a battery for long enough to make it worth the added weight. Sick mod i can’t believe how professional it looks!

  6. Monster says:

    oh. my. god.

    i need one

  7. gcc says:

    Holy crap. Thats just freaking amazing.
    I bow to your technical prowess.

  8. Elementix says:

    insane….he never ceases to amaze me. Can anyone take a guess at the price of this baby? lol

  9. trebuchet03 says:

    amazing…

    two hacks in one day… it’s almost like hackaday chrismahanukwanza… almost.

  10. Erik says:

    That is the most awesome Xbox360 mod EVAR.

  11. Jay says:

    Very nice work. The true definition of a hack (Hell it should even please steve!)

    1 problem I can see…….. those very nice milled air holes are on the bottom, where hardly any air can get pulled in!

    Maybe if the back was raised it would increase air cooling properties.

  12. blip says:

    Pretty impressive! really quite amazing.

    Don’t know how i feel about portable watercooling though… seems like a bad move no matter how well you seal it. (Unless you are using like a non-replacable liquid and weld it together or something)

    Then again, this thing probably weighs enough that it won’t be moved much…

  13. Monster says:

    i just wish it had some battery power, and i also wish microsoft spent more than ten seconds on the efficiency of this machine. the heat output alone of this beast could melt some solder unless there is some thermal shutoff i’m not aware of (perhaps the chip smasher has a thermal switch we’ve never heard of)

    i also just wanted to post this so the comments box sticks with my new email

  14. HaX80r says:

    Wow. that is amazing.

  15. solareon says:

    that’s freakin amazing.

  16. derek says:

    Cool, but useless. No battery, just as heavy as the original, and no handle. like the other guys here mentioned, the water cooling will probably leak when you tote it around.

  17. terminalblue says:

    that thing wrocks my socks

  18. Steve DiRaddo says:

    no freaking way.

    i am so totally doing this.

  19. steve says:

    yes agree with every one very cool and it must be kept cool 2. 3ghz processor in that thing LOVE IT

  20. Josh Powers says:
  21. steve says:

    yes must admit like this very much keep up the good work

  22. tiuk says:

    I saw this earlier on Engadget. It just amazes me that not only did he pull it off so perfectly, but he even managed to make it water-cooled in the process. This guy is my hero.

  23. steve says:

    omg where ams teh leds!! hackaday plz start shows me sume reel hax k thanks steve

  24. vskid says:

    I have been a long time reader of hack a day and a member of the benheck forums for a year and a half, and this thing beats every other portable made (some get pretty close, the 360p loses a bit from no batteries, but no biggie). And steve, you are a moron. thats it, you are a moron. you couldn’t even make a gameboy portable, much less a 360p.

  25. Crash says:

    You fucked up Hack a Day.

  26. steve says:

    absolutely fantastic…..you really are a genius…
    microsoft and sony really should offer you millions.
    ideas like that a like rockin horse S**T…
    WELL DONE MATE

  27. steve says:

    what sort of hack is this this is hack a day bring some reel hacks this is not one whoever came up with this needs to find a reeal hack and stop posting this rubbish in britain you dont find this rubbish

  28. HaX80r says:

    Steve- shut up you illiterate little punk.

  29. Dave says:

    nice, but i would have opted for a keyboard-less monitor mounted contraption. Less portable but better suited for it’s usage. Still, I think there’s money to be made doing that. Not so expensive for a gaming laptop/ media viewer at all.

    If only the 360 weren’t so bulky and hot. Reminds me: the (late) psx’s form factor was perfect. Sexy thing…

  30. digitallysick says:

    i can see myself on this, xbox live, oohhh yeah keyboard built in, this is the greatest thing ever, he should start mass production now

  31. agent says:

    Also seen on Engadget with a snide comment about it needing “magsafe” for the power cord.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/11/ben-heckendorns-xbox-360-laptop-best-mod-ever/

  32. ian says:

    another cool hack from ben. been following his portables for quite some time and love every one of them. to the haters, this guy has made a portable of every major console to date and seems like a really nice, down to earth guy… his writeups are always amusing.

  33. neg says:

    IMHO i HATE this new software. I don’t like the ‘show next comments’ button. Why can’t there be a ‘Show all comments’ button?

  34. Tillin9 says:

    Love the hack!!! Not that it takes away one bit, but I have a few things I wonder why he didn’t do:

    1) Slim DVD drive?
    2) The radiator could have been much smaller if smaller copper plates had been used. Would probably make it lighter too. JBWeld is also an insulator, sodering the plates would probably have helped a lot.
    3) Epoxying the watercooling stuff to help prevent leaks?
    4) Maybe with a slim DVD and a smaller, more efficient radiator he could have fit a battery in there?

    Anyway… As a said before none of that takes away from the accomplishment one bit. I know I couldn’t do a hack half as hardcore as that. Seriously 1337.

  35. ... says:

    1. glad to see comments are alive again
    2. they new skin looks like crap

    In any case, great hack… I will admit water cooling was a little, umm, bold… Why not use heatpipes? In the time he spent debugging the watercooling he could have probably mastered them; and they don’t leak ;)

    And I think you could have found a slightly more elegant power cord solution… With the $$$$ you spent on this, seems like a decent connector should have been in the budget…

    Also, if I were to build this I would have dumped the flip screen and just mounted the screen in the top (ie tablet style) and dumped the keyboard. Just include a usb port and keep a keyboard in your car… That should have greatly simplified the build… I would have made it slightly larger so that you could fit the power supply in the box… Just an IEC power cord on the back.

    As to battery power… The battery in my laptop is good for 50w/hrs and weighs just under a pound. If you wanted 2hrs of play time and the xbox was drawing the 200w That is only 10 batteries… (with derating for the high current draw) So you can go from 20lbs to 30lbs and have a portable xbox360… And of course you could make it detachable…

  36. cameron20020 says:

    omfg, wow thats so 1337, that is truly a hack worthy of hackaday, crazy lol, roxors. though i do preffer the ps3, it is much more efficient, uses its cpu has 7 (actually 8) cores, each at 533Mhz, running a t a lowwer speed, with multiple cores is better than running 3 cores (in the 360) at a high speed

  37. Fragged says:

    Its not the 3ghz cpu’s, its the poor cooling, and watercooling so long as the parts are sufficient should be fine…

    Steve you are a dumb ass

    -Fragged

  38. Dylan Field says:

    That is so awesome! Looks great too.

  39. steve says:

    fraggd why dont you go and defragg yourself i think you got the dumb ass bit round the wrong way mate

  40. strider_mt2k says:

    I just got done reading the whole thing and I am just blown away.
    I don’t even play game consoles, but I have hacked some hardware in my day and that is just one beautifully executed project.
    Common sense approaches combined with technical grace.

    -and coffee. (a personal favorite)

    In other words, awesome job, as usual!

  41. kyle says:

    O.o That’s incredible.

  42. brainwarp says:

    Brillant, I’ve felt the heat comming off of one them things, so i figure about two deep cycle marine batteries should be good for about 5 minutes of play time:) btw this is what hackaday is all about.
    ps. needs some leds.

  43. benesan says:

    This is sooooo sweet!
    If only i could have your uber-prowess in mod skill.
    Can I buy one PLEASE :P

  44. sulk says:

    That guy has a lotta good work making portable systems, worth the to take a look

    -Sulk

  45. elusid says:

    Loove this mod! totally impressed one of the most practical mods ive seen in ages I had to blog this one!

  46. dikatlon says:

    Whoa, insane!! Woow, Yeah.
    Beautiful xbox360 laptop!
    This thing really makes me urgent go do some great hacking :-]

  47. omg that damn thing is so freaking sweet this dude should sell all his mods he would make a fortune all peep out my newest console its called Pirate Evolution and it is playable…… happy hacking asuka out

    http://www.myspace.com/pirate0evolution

  48. andy says:

    Really really cool. You have managed to squeeze everything into it. Great finish too though I would probably combine the power cables into one. An internal battery would be useful and I would have ditched the water cooling (too expensive and too unsafe). Fans at the sides would allow air to circulate more and better. Good Job, best I have seen yet!

  49. That is possibly the best console to “other use” mod I’ve ever seen, it’s very tidy looking and the detailing is superb! :)

    He’s even testing my favourite 360 game on it (Dead Rising) so a man of exquisite taste too.

    Well done that geek!

  50. David says:

    what is the point what a wast of money i could do this but whats the point microsoft build them so why do this its only £150 for a LCD screen i know it would of cost a lot more than that to make this maybe if you put a BAT init it would be worth it but what you did if a wast of money iv work for microsoft in the past and new they were playing this and no the ins and outs of this system and i have my own and have the fan stand and intercooler and my xbox 306 gives out cold air no hot not even warm air and it works fine not one crash or even a frezz up its grt ok iv said what i wanted to say lattas

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