Back when I originally bought my PStwo on January 17, I planned to "mod" my slim console with a fliptop lid and report on how well (or unwell) it worked. Needless to say, things have unexpectedly changed a bit since then; but hopefully people can learn from my mistakes and gain something from positive from the experience. But anyway, straight from the beginning! [bold]January 17[/bold] I buy my new PStwo console from EB Games. Just to be on the safe side, I get a product replacement plan from the store, which dictates I can return the console any time within a year should it fail. Considering the general diceyness of the PStwos thus far, I consider it $15 well spent. With no small degree of anticipation, I open up my treasured white box and plug in the new PStwo. To my surprise, it says "5A" on the back sticker under Date Code; previously, 4D was the latest model. Crossing my fingers, I hope that this shipment will be the rumored "fixed" model from Sony... though the "Made in China" label doesn't exactly inspire confidence. (I later learn that all PStwos are now manufactured by third-parties in Chinese factories.) I also read in the manual, on page 49, that the PStwos are now covered by a one-year limited warranty, rather than the mere 90 days I'd previously thought was the term of coverage. Oh well, at least I can return my console (should it fail) directly to EB instead of worrying about shipping to $ony. Time to test my shiny new console! I promptly throw in Xenosaga: Episode I and get to work. Aside from learning that Episode I has perhaps the most uneventful, boring first three hours of any game in history (though it does ramp up significantly right after), I also learn that my console seems to hold up pretty well playing original discs for an extended period of time (DVDs, music CDs, original PS2 games). It doesn't get particuarly hot, though it does get pleasantly warm (about 80 degrees F to us Americans; or 27 degrees Celsius for everyone else). To put it in perspective, it's a lot cooler than my Dreamcast (may it rest in peace!) once it gets going; it's also a lot quieter, too. Unfortunately, I can't test any backups until my fliptop lid and Swap Magic set arrive from ps2cover.com; but I hope that day will come soon, despite having waited over a month. Shows how little I know.