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Console Power Bricks

Post by RichardUK » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:59 pm

Xbox One
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possibly the best power brick ever, one qustion i have is for anyone with a white xbox one or special edition console, is the power brick still black or does it match the console?

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simple and classic power brick design, i like how it says Nintendo on it

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what?

does anyone know what exactly power bricks do and why doesn't the PS4 need one?
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Re: Console Power Bricks

Post by Spilskinanka » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:02 pm

Something to do with transforming mains voltage, I think. Also, this thread is great huh
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Re: Console Power Bricks

Post by K2. » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:07 pm

I think the bulky part is actually in the console or something from what I heard
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Post by Edd » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:17 pm

The PS4 one is inside the console like they should all be because power bricks are annoying.
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Post by Met » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:20 pm

RichardUK wrote:Xbox One
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possibly the best power brick ever
Is this sarcasm? Best powerbrick is no powerbrick and that thing looks massive.
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Post by RichardUK » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:23 pm

Met wrote: Best powerbrick is no powerbrick and that thing looks massive.
if i told you it has lights on it would that change your mind?

so the PS4 one is inside the console? how did Song make it so small when the Xbox One console is huge and has a power brick?
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Post by samus_killer » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:25 pm

Because both the Xbox One and Wii U are poorly designed machines from the start.

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Post by RichardUK » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:28 pm

i still don't understand what they do, laptops have them as well, you would think it all could be built in
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Post by Edd » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:30 pm

It's where the hamster lives to run on the wheel, PS4 uses a mouse so therefore smaller.
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Post by Chocolate-Milk » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:31 pm

What about dwarf hamsters
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Post by RichardUK » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:32 pm

Edd wrote:It's where the hamster lives to run on the wheel, PS4 uses a mouse so therefore smaller.
oh i finally understand :lol:
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Post by Edd » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:34 pm

Chocolate-Milk wrote:What about dwarf hamsters
Too cute to lock up in a power brick.
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Post by OrangeRakoon » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:38 pm

RichardUK wrote:i still don't understand what they do, laptops have them as well, you would think it all could be built in
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They convert mains (AC) to whatever DC is needed by the device. There are advantages to not having the brick built in - namely it's easier to have a universal device that doesn't rely on a particular mains input (you just switch out the adapter), if the adapter fails you don't brick the entire device and can much more easily replace it, and it is bulky and gets hot and stuff, so keeping it external to the device lets it be smaller and less likely to overheat (especially useful with laptops).

Obviously the advantage of not having a powerbrick is that you don't have a goddamn awful and annoying power brick.

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Post by RichardUK » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:44 pm

one bonus of a power brick is noise reduction, it was the first thing i noticed with the PS4 is that it can be rather loud when compared to the silence of the Xbox One, i assume this would be the reason or a leat the major contributeing factor
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Post by OrangeRakoon » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:57 pm

It depends on what is causing the noise. With it all internalised the PS4 fan probably has to work harder, but in my experience it's the disc that makes all the noise in the PS4.

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Post by D.J » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:40 am

My first experience with power bricks wasn't the greatest, my brothers first ZX Spectrum had one, and one day while we were playing on it, smoke started pouring from the damn thing and it turned out that the innards had melted.
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Post by Highlight » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:02 am

The Amiga power brick may as well have been it's own console it was so damn huge.
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Re: Console Power Bricks

Post by Super Dragon 64 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:10 am

I'd much rather have a power brick than a machine as loud as my PS4.

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Re: Console Power Bricks

Post by danbish » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:28 pm

D.J wrote:My first experience with power bricks wasn't the greatest, my brothers first ZX Spectrum had one, and one day while we were playing on it, smoke started pouring from the damn thing and it turned out that the innards had melted.
I remember my Speccy power brick that after a few years of use, started to buzz like a bee. It was strange at first but eventually became a sound I associated with playing my Speccy.

Also, does anybody remember the chaos Microsoft had with the power brick on the first Xbox? The console had been out a few years when a major fault was discovered where the brick would massively over heat and in extreme cases, catch fire. MS replaced all the power bricks if you called a helpline or filled out an form online with safety ones that had a cut off switch built into them and if it detected a surge, it'd kill the power to the console. I'll never forget the phone call I made to their helpline, where wires definitely got crossed and somehow I was put through to an American woman who had no idea what I was saying. What should have been a quick five minute phone call turned into a 30 minute one where I had to speak so loud and slowly (like you do when you visit a country which doesn't speak English in the hope that they'll somehow miraculously understand you) and repeat everything I said about five times while spelling my address to her like you were talking to a 4 year old child who was learning how to spell - 2...1....A....P....P...L..etc. My God that was awful and I was nearly suicidal at the end of it.

Of course the icing for that cake was yet to come when 10 days later came a new power cord and brick with an American mains adapter ready for the American current rendering my time and phone call an utter waste. I went straight onto the website (which is what I should have done in the first place) and had a proper replacement delivered inside 5 days.

Microsoft really don't have a lot of luck with their consoles do they?!
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