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Darkmatter is the world's first Xbox laptop that you can buy as a fully assembled product or in kit form. Now Xbox ONE compatible!
Darkmatter is the world's first Xbox laptop that you can buy as a fully assembled product or in kit form. Now Xbox ONE compatible!
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Darkmatter Xbox One Laptop Update

Posted by Techjango (Creator)
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Hi everybody,  

          Here's a sneak peak into the latest on the Xbox One Laptop effort. Over the last month or so we've carried out a complete teardown of the Xbox One console and have worked on making it compatible with the Darkmatter laptop electronics.

Xbox One Teardown
Xbox One Teardown

         The good news is that the new console is fully compatible with our Xduino360 control board and there are very few modifications that have to be made to the electronics to make the console portable. The bad news is the One has a much bigger fan/heatsink and the motherboard itself is larger which means a beefier cooling system and larger casing is needed. But that's not too bad since we can fit a larger HD screen (17") inside and spread out the electronics in order to make the laptop even slimmer (under 2"!). There's now even space inside for stuff like a battery pack and charging circuitry but more on that later ;)

Darkmatter XBox One CAD Design - Work in Progress
Darkmatter XBox One CAD Design - Work in Progress

The CAD design for the new unit is nearly ready and we'll be building a prototype very soon once some design considerations are finalized. We've sent out a survey to all Xbox One level backers asking them for design/feature suggestions. The CAD design will be finalized after we get a response and work on prototyping and production will begin immediately. 

Preliminary features and specs for the Darkmatter Xbox One laptop : 

- Kinect included with fully assembled Darkmatter Xbox One laptops.

- Matte black powder coated / Silver brushed look metal casing 

- 17" widescreen 1920 x 1080 Full HD TFT-LCD display

- 2 Watt speakers

- Kit is much easier to put together than the Xbox 360 DM kit. No 3D printed parts require sanding and minimal soldering required.

- Just under 2" thick (Slimmer than the Xbox 360 Darkmatter laptop) 

- Standard 500 GB HDD included

- All Xbox ports accessible at the rear. Headphone port added to the left.

- Slot mounted Blu ray drive on the right

- Controller, Headset and Power brick also included

- Three 17 CFM blower type fans for negative air pressure cooling 

- Unit dimensions: 17.4" x 11.8" x 1.9" (L x B x H) 

 Next update: Xbox One Laptop Prototype! 

Thanks, 

Team Techjango

Manual Revision V0.92

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Shipping Update

Posted by Techjango (Creator)
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 Hi Everybody,

           It's been a while since we started shipping out rewards so we thought we'd share progress with you and also let you in on plans for the Xbox One console now that the release is a couple of days away. Here's where we're at with respect to the 360 Slim console rewards:

We're shipping out one kit/unit every day now and should be done with all 360 Slim rewards by end of November. 

Xbox ONE Rewards

We've already pre-ordered Xbox ONE units and should have them in our hands by next week. As soon as we do we'll start modifying the Darkmatter laptop design to adapt innards of the new console. We're also currently working on the design for the new 360 Slim (360 E) laptop. Our estimate is this design update process (for both the 360E and Xbox One) would take about 1-2 months after which the following reward levels will start to roll out:

Manual Updates

We really appreciate the feedback you guys have been sending in on the e-book content. Keep it coming! This will allow us to weed out any mistakes and gradually turn this into the most comprehensive guide out there on building Xbox laptops. The e-book will soon be ported to this publicly editable wiki which backers would be able to modify and improve on. 

https://code.google.com/p/darkmatter-xbox-laptop/

Please share pictures/details of your Darkmatter builds here on the community forum. If you're having any trouble with assembly please feel free to PM us or post on the forum, we would be glad to help out.

Next Up: Source/Design Files Release!

Thanks,

Team Techjango

1080p Darkmatter Manual Out!

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Darkmatter Manual out now!

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