Matthew HughesFormer TNW Reporter
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People turning bulky games consoles into portable gaming machines is nothing new.
There are countless examples of Xbox 360s and Playstation 3s being modified to adopt a laptop form-factor. I once read about someone doing the same to the positively gargantuan original Xbox, which no doubt looked suspiciously like a suitcase with some wires sticking out.
It was only a matter of time until someone did the same with the latest generation Xbox. It’s no surprise that ‘someone’ was Ed Zarick, who has laptopified virtually every single Xbox and Playstation ever, and even created an unholy Xbox One/Playstation combo laptop.
Just like the Xbox One S is the smallest console on the market, the XBOOK One S is the smallest laptop mod on the market, with an 19-inch screen, which is smaller than the 22-inch screen used on earlier XBOOKs.
Sadly, the display is only 720P resolution. According to Zarick, he was unable to source a 1080p screen at that size, let alone one in full 4K resolution.
It includes two loudspeakers pointed at the player, and is made entirely out of strong acrylic, in order to increase ruggedness and reduce weight. Sadly, it lacks an integrated battery, so you’re going to have to be near a power source in order to play.
The XBOOK ONE S doesn’t come cheap. The 500GB one goes for $1,495.00, and the 1TB version is a touch extra at $1,545.00, with shipping included separately. While international shipping will cost “much more”, the internal components are rated at 110/220v power, so there will be no need for a step-down converter.
Because Zarick makes them from scratch, prospective buyers will have to pay a $750 non-refundable deposit upfront to cover the cost of parts. He also warns that it will take between two-to-three weeks, and possibly longer, to complete any orders received.
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