I remember back when Matt used to do notebook reviews for us, he would *always* take the notebooks completely apart before actually reviewing them. Mike and I used to get on his case constantly about this, because we were always scared to death that he would break something before even running the first benchmark on it. Of course, he never did disappoint :)

But regardless of how much self restraint we have, when we get something new in the lab it's just our nature to want to tear it apart and figure out how it works. So when Kris left me a message at 11PM last night telling me that we'd have an Xbox 360 in 10 minutes, I knew what was about to happen.

Several late hours and a lot of work from Kris and Tuan and we had a completely disassembled Xbox 360, the brave out of us all being Tuan who handled the actual deconstruction. The lack of any external screws makes the unit much more like an iPod or a Mac mini to take apart, which means it's a lot more nerve racking to take apart than the original Xbox was.

So if you're anything like us, save yourself the anxiety and potential for irrecoverable damage and just flip through our article :)
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  • Rike - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - link

    Thanks for testing the waters for us. The article did satisfy my, "What's in it?" impulse. Many thanks again! Reply
  • Dybo70 - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - link

    You guys have a bigger set than I do!!! I don't think that there is any way in hell that I would be pulling apart a $300+ game console the day I got it!

    That being said, thanks a lot for doing it for me as I was truly interested in what was going on behind the scenes with the 360, and knew that if someone else didn't do it for me, it wouldn't be long before I'd be risking an investment in a new gaming system just to see what was on the inside!
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  • Live - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - link

    Really great reading, Nice work! Reply
  • creathir - Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - link

    I myself will be pulling apart one of my 360s.... I specifically bought two of them for this purpose. I am just SO interested in what makes it tick. I gladly plopped an extra $400 down just so I would have one in case I screwed up the other... I suppose I'm a freak? Maybe I am just curious? I understand your fear though... and when you are reviewing the laptops, I can TOTALLY understand where you're coming from, hoping you soon will not owe that company $2500 for a new laptop... I envy you guys and your job... as do just about everyone else on this site...
    - Creathir
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