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    Default Xbox 360 Portable would anyone want one?

    Hello all Im new to this forum.

    I have currently completed a few prototypes of my Xbox 360 portable units. They are built into pelican cases so as to remain water/dust proof while shut. They include the xbox 360 slim and an 18in monitor controllers, and a custom audio set up with small subwoofer. I built two of these for my brother and his team leader.

    I am wondering if any of you would be interested in them. This is not a sale thread Im just feeling out the waters and seeing if there is enough interest to start building them for sale. Pricing is up in the air currently but cost of materials is roughly $500 + labor and 1-2 weeks to assemble. Each one can have a custom theme or just a basic one. They also include outputs to hook them up to an external monitor when needed or wanted.

    Let me know what you guys think or throw any Ideas my way thanks

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    do you have any pictures?

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    I have some of the current prototypes Im having some new metal covers cnc machined for them so for the time being they still have the crappy acrylic ones I used for mock up on them but heres a quick few of the build pictures. Since these pictures I haved added S-Video and VGA out hookups to the covers and created an custom monitor cover (currently being painted)

    These are pictures from a little earlier in the build process so bear with me Ill get some good finished ones up when the covers come back from paint and cnc

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    I'll tell you honestly in my opinion I dont know if people will shell out over $500 for something like this, specially when people have screens on their cars they can hook up their on xbox 360 too, if they go to somebody's house they can just hook up their own xbox to their friend's tv, etc...but if you start a small business where you can turn their current or maybe old xbox into this for a smaller price or something it might work that way, just my opinion.

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    Would this have like an output/input where you can hook up your turtle beach headset? what about an HDMI out put so you can hook it up to an HDTV if you wanted to? what kind of speakers are you putting on it? like some really good sounding ones or just some that do the trick? I really like the idea you got going with this.

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    those two actually have two different audio set ups in them I figured i would leave it up to the person who wanted it as to what type of audio they wanted in there that way it could help keep costs down if they needed. Also these are not ment to be portable for around town although they quite easly could be. Honestly I started building these more in mind with people who are deployed overseas. I know currently my brother and his team leader are both without anything in their rooms and are dieing to get these in the mail.

    As for inputs I have put every input the xbox comes with hdmi, vga ect.. as well as component video and a headphone jack. Also these are wired to have only one power cord so no need for splitters or anything extra one plug will run the unit. As for using older ones I would prefer not to I would use the slim model if someone had one but that would be it the older models have larger motherboards and heatsinks that make putting them into a case like this quite difficult. considering it already takes a bunch of work to get them done. I would prefer not to have to do that.

    Is there anything that you think people would like to see in them they are a bit pricy but Ive found that the guys deployed seem to realy want them. I am more than open to ideas on these and would love to get some more input. Things people like things they dont (obvously price will be one of those lol) not much i can do when a new xbox is $300 tho

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    Interesting idea, and pretty neat execution - but If I wanted a unit like this for deployment I think I'd want to be able to remove the CPU and set it up as a freestanding unit for effective cooling. Additionally (I'm a PC gamer) I would consider integrating water cooling or similar - as commercial electronics are not meant to endure some of the temps we have to operate in while deployed. I got lucky and was in a hardstand barracks with effective A/C in Iraq - but many have to deal with tents.
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    hmm the free standing unit is a good idea. Although with all the custom wiring I dont know how well it could be executed. Also what temps would you recommend testing up to? Currently im testing around 100-110F. I had considered adding watercooling as an option however I didnt want to make it standard as it would require a little matinence and I didnt know if everyone could keep it up. I have been considering the idea of adding extra cooling fans with dust filters.

    Im quite open to ideas on this as well so if you have any other suggestions on what you or anyone else would like to see let me know

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    I have seen soldiers get the actual XBOX or other players in a durable/ruggedized case (a little bigger than a brief case) and have a monitor placed in the top flap and the actual unit velcroed down in the bottom flap with the controls. They also had the boxed wired to a flat screen TV in the lounges downrange. Amazing what soldiers conjure up.
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    Nah.. our stuff gathers energy from the move..

    You are just an idiot radical ed..

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