First off, I find it hard to locate information about existing v1 PS2's in the 'states, I am curious if anyone knows what the first "version" was that was released in the 'states? Can you even find a v1 here? Second, I also was curious if anyone had any documentation on the differences between the v1 and 2's. I know that 1-3 are nearly I identical, but what are the differences? O.o (and I don't mean serial numbers and date codes, I know that. I mean hardware)
The reason I ask is because I have a version 2 and it runs like a tank: the lens is practically shot, but I use my hard drive for everything I need. It stays cool, it's quiet, and it was build in japan (not china >.<) and of very high quality, in other words it's a sturdy piece. I've owned a v7, v9, v12, v18, and (currently) this v2, and I gotta say I like this one the best (aside from the DVD lens - but I planned on not having a working lens on any ps2 I owned, at least not indefinitely). I wanted something I can rely on for years to come and this console does the job promptly.
Anyway, what is your guys take on all this?
Also: does anyone know model laser I would need for my v2? I can't seem to find concrete info on which type would work with the earlier models.