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Ben Heck's PS3 Slim Laptop 84

We've occasionally discussed Ben Heckendorn's various console modifications, and he's now come out with a new one: a laptop version of the PS3 Slim. It has volume control buttons for the built-in speakers, and plenty of vents for cooling. The display is a 17" widescreen panel, and the Slim's hardware doesn't fill that much space in the case, so there's a neat little compartment for the power cord. Ben's blog post shows details of the laptop's construction.
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Ben Heck's PS3 Slim Laptop

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  • by CarpetShark ( 865376 ) on Friday October 02, 2009 @05:36AM (#29614899)

    Yeah, it's bulky, and it lacks a keyboard, and seemingly a battery, so it's no wonder there's space to randomly throw the cable in. Still nice, but not really an improvement to throwing a PS3 in a bag and plugging it in at your destination.

  • by Lord Fury ( 977501 ) on Friday October 02, 2009 @06:41AM (#29615077)

    From your link:

    Frederick Brown 'had allegedly built up a thriving business selling counterfeit games and installing mod chips, having advertised his services on Craigslist and other web sites. He allegedly sold pirated games from his Vista, CA residence as well, including both discs and hard drives preloaded with games that he would install into customers' Xboxes and Xbox 360s.

    That's absolutely nothing like what is being done in the article. This guy is modding the hardware to make the ps3 portable, the guy in your link was putting mod chips in the 360's so people could play pirated games, which he also sold. Just because the word "mod" is used in both stories doesn't make them similar.

  • Re:He should have... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Kokuyo ( 549451 ) on Friday October 02, 2009 @08:28AM (#29615445) Journal

    The thing is built upon a PS3 Slim. Linux is not an option.

  • Will Ben Ever Learn? (Score:5, Informative)

    by damn_registrars ( 1103043 ) <> on Friday October 02, 2009 @08:38AM (#29615499) Homepage Journal
    He does great work, for sure. But he has been slashdotted more than a couple times; just about every new console he builds and describes leads to a slashdot article, which leads to his webserver being reduced to a smoldering pile of nothingness. He really should stop using his old XT for a webserver. I suspect his portable PS3 would probably handle the load better...
  • by ArcherB ( 796902 ) on Friday October 02, 2009 @09:14AM (#29615763) Journal

    Why? Most homes would have a larger screen available, with better placement for viewing than a laptop would provide. Most offices or other commercial places/organisations wouldn't let you plug in a console, pull out a controller and start gaming, even if the console did have a laptop format. Don't get me wrong, it's a neat project, but I'm just saying it's not very practical.

    Actually, most places will let you plug in. When traveling, I almost never ran my notebook off the battery. The airport, coffee shops or just about any other place where I could actually sit down and use my notebook would have a plug available for me to access. I see this as being no different.

    And, sure, while nearly all homes will have a bigger screen, they may not have a better screen. Many homes still have old, non-hi-def CRT TV's plugged into their cable boxes, or have the cable plugged directly to the TV's.

    Finally, I don't think practicality was the point. Sure, it's a nice feature, but this guy made this simply because he could. That was the whole point.

  • by Avogadro65 ( 942457 ) on Friday October 02, 2009 @10:46AM (#29616749)
    A video game store just south of Nashville, TN is going to be doing a giveaway with this PS3 laptop as the prize: [] (DISCLAIMER: it's my friend's store)
  • by GreyWolf3000 ( 468618 ) on Friday October 02, 2009 @12:06PM (#29617819) Journal
    There are apparently legal gray areas with that that CmdrTaco doesn't want to get into. If I recall correctly, it's not clear that he has the legal right to take someone else's content, throw it up on some other server that does not earn the original author ad revenue, and post a link to it on the home page.

The absent ones are always at fault.