Consoles aren’t the most portable things in the world but Ed Zarick looks to be changing that by showing off and selling the PlayBook 4 and Xbook One- laptop versions of Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles. However, you’ll need to have a wedge of disposable income in order to afford one as they both cost close to £1000/$1500.
Zarick is a self-taught engineer who was also responsible for previously creating a portable Xbox 360, the Xbook 360. Last month, he began selling the Xbook One, featuring a 22 Inch Vizio 1080p LED TV and the console itself packaged in a 3D printed and laser cut case. Zarick has run through the process of turning a console in to a laptop on his own website, Edsjunk.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVGaIJEGZSI&list=UU7aqLVODxDSRgJ2qtxB_IoA’]
The process for the Playbook 4 is presumably exactly the same, featuring a 22″ Vizio 1080p LED TV and a 3D printed and laser cut case for the console. As you can see in the image above too, these laptop versions can be a bit chunky, the PS4 as we are used to seeing it is actually fairly small. Both consoles come with a HDMI out so that they can still be plugged in to a TV as a console rather than just being used as a laptop.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f20p5BOm4P0&list=UU7aqLVODxDSRgJ2qtxB_IoA’]
Apparently, demand for these is actually quite high, the Xbook One goes for $1500 plus $75 extra for shipping inside of the US, international shipping will cost extra. The Playbook 4 on the other hand goes for $1400 with shipping charged as extra. Buyers are required to pay a $750.00 non-refundable upfront deposit in order to be added to the waiting list.
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KitGuru Says: The Xbook One and Playbook 4 actually seem pretty cool although as you would expect, they are expensive- the parts involved in building one don’t come cheap and due to the time and effort he is putting in to it, Zarick absolutely deserves to be paid for the labour too. What do you guys think of these laptop/console hybrids? If you were rich, would you consider buying one? Or do you think its rather pointless?