Horizontal or Vertical Position? Does it Matter on the Xbox 360 Slim?

The announcement of the new Xbox 360 Slim intrigued gamers into purchasing one but one question haunts them; are there any consequences of placing the new Xbox 360 Slim horizontally or vertically?

Speaking to a customer representative of Microsoft, the new Xbox 360 Slim is designed to go both ways; horizontal and vertical. However, there are still pros and cons that gamers should remember when they decide to get the Xbox 360 Slim. The same rule still applies on the positioning just like the older models of the Xbox 360 but there are new things that arises with the new Xbox 360 Slim model.

HORIZONTAL

– The disc drive runs more quieter compared with the vertical position.
– With the new ventilation appearing on the sides in leiu of the back, it is good for the system to release the heat upwards rather than sideways (vertical).
– No need to worry about the law of gravity when placing a disc.
– When the system is on its horizontal position, the intakes on both sides opens up allowing more cooler air to come in.
– Horizontal position takes a lot of space.

VERTICAL

– Saves up space.
– The disc drive runs with some buzzing sounds. It is kind of ouder when the player runs the game via the disc. (installation of the game data is required!)
– Prone to overheating if the system has another object blocks its sides.
– Risk of falling.
– Stressing the disc drive as discs are not originally designed to run on its side.
– Placing the system on horizontal position blocks away one intakes allowing only the other side to open up for cool air.

There you have it! The things that everyone should remember before deciding how to position the new Xbox 360 Slim.

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7 Comments

  1. Audrey
    September 7, 2010, 9:25 PM

    Since the bottom intake is blocked when the system is vertical, less heat escapes. That’s what you meant on the less bullet, right? It doesn’t occur when the system is horizontal.

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  2. Exia
    September 12, 2010, 2:22 PM

    * No Audrey. there is no bottom intake.
    Besides, did you ever learn that heat goes upwards? So why on earth would heat be ventilated through the bottom if it was vertical?

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  3. Mobed
    October 14, 2010, 3:53 AM

    Hey Exia learn how to read. INTAKE means coming in as in air is coming in to the vents to cool the system whilst removing hot air from the outtake vent and yes there are 2 intakes one on top and one on bottom, so Audrey yes I believe it was a typo.

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  4. Surge
    September 4, 2011, 3:12 PM

    @ Mobed I believe you meant exhaust when you said outtake?

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  5. IMHO
    November 12, 2011, 3:24 AM

    HORIZONTAL All The Way! To be quite honest, based on the design and positioning of the vents it would be benefitial to have it lay flat. It also gives it a lower center of gravity which helps eliminate the system tipping over and possibly damaging the disc and the xbox. Hope that helps and safe gaming.

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  6. Kye
    January 20, 2012, 4:36 PM

    I just like that you have the option my xbox is hooked up to a smaller tv on my desk and would take up to much space if it were flat, granted it is a little bit louder, especially when playing games like skyrim, but the space is needed, in terms of it tipping, I have not had any of those problems… shit it just fell, just kidding.

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  7. james
    August 2, 2013, 4:31 AM

    I’m not sure if I’m understanding this when I read the initial post on the pros and cons of vertical vs horizontal it saysWhen the system is on its horizontal position, the intakes on both sides opens up allowing more cooler air to come in. But then it goes on to say Placing the system on horizontal position blocks away one intakes allowing only the other side to open up for cool air. How can both intakes be open if one is blocked ?

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