Sony PSP Slim (PSP-2000) VS. Original PSP (PSP-1000): Side-by-side Comparison

by GamingBits on September 15, 2007

in Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) News Bits

The new PSP Slim launched last week, as the Limited Edition Daxter Entertainment Pack for $199.99. The bundle includes the Ice Silver PSP, 1 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo, Daxter PSP Game, Family Guy: The Freakin’ Sweet Collection, battery pack, AC adapter and cord, and manuals. It’s a much better deal in comparison to the $169.99 Piano Black Core PSP, which doesn’t include the game, UMD or 1 GB Memory stick. After spending some time with the Ice Silver PSP, here’s some of the pros and cons:


+ Lighter and slimmer design is a plus. You won’t feel like you’re carrying around a brick!

+ Faster loading time. About 80 seconds to get to Lego Star Wars II title screen on PSP Slim, about 90 seconds on original PSP.

+ Slightly brighter and more saturated colors

+ Can charge through USB cable (although it’ll take longer than using AC adapter)

+ Video output capability (however, the cable is not included)

+ Analog stick not as stiff as original PSP

+ Better placement of speakers (on the face of the PSP, rather than the bottom).
+ No dead pixels (my original PSP has a couple)


– Video output cable not included.

(PSP 2000 Component AV Cable and PSP 2000 Composite AV Cable available for $19.99)

– UMD Tray feels fragile

– Memory Stick door feels flimsy and fragile (when pulled out)

– Battery compartment door doesn’t feel as secure as original PSP

If you’re new to the Sony PSP, it’s a no-brainer to start with the PSP Slim (PSP-2000). If you already have the PSP-1000, here’s a photographic side-by-side comparison (below) of the two PSPs for you to see if it’s worth upgrading.

UPDATE 12/28/09: See the PSP-3000 vs. the PSPgo here.


The original PSP is bulkier in the back, mainly due to larger battery.

A top view comparison of the PSP-1000 to PSP-2000, again showing the majority of the weight was shaved off the back.

Side-by-side top view.

Battery compartments open. PSP-2000 uses a more compact battery.

UMD disc tray opens wider on PSP-2000, but feels fragile.

You don’t insert a UMD in the PSP-2000, rather, you place it on the back tray.

Another view of UMD trays on both PSPs. Notice the slim arm support on PSP-2000. Hopefully they can withstand the use.

The analog nub doesn’t feel so resistant on the PSP-2000 and has a wider opening around it.

Good move on the speaker “holes”. By placing the speakers on the top of the new PSP, the audio is less likely to be muffled when holding it or placing it on a PSP stand for viewing.

The wireless on/off switch is better positioned on the top and more clearly marked with “WLAN”.

The Memory Stick door of the PSP-1000 felt a little “snappier” and secure.

The Memory Stick door of the PSP-2000 feels very rubbery and light. Hopefully the slim supports won’t go!

Don’t be fooled by the similar look of the audio out port of the PSP-1000. The PSP-2000 features new video output capabilities to play games, UMD movies or see pictures on your HD or SD TV.

The PSP-2000’s colors are more saturated and brighter.

Can you tell which PSP is which?

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