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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IT DOES IT BETTER

    Posted
    AlexK1980

    In homage to the ps3 slogan of "it does everything"' the new 360 should say " it does what it needs to...and it does it better than you!!" As a previsou ps3 owner I can say that the 360 is by far a better gaming console if you like to play with friends online..if you want single player gaming that looks good then stick with you ps3. I for one like to use my console for communication as well as gaming..sure I have to lay for my full on gold experience but it by far outshines the ps3 networks even with it's new upgrades... I will ps3 credit for one good thing.. It plays one he'll of a movie..but that is really thanks to bluray not ps3. Now as for all the rants of how the new system is hot..when running..the system itself is not hot if u touch it,. The air blowing out of it ..is...as like any pc , Mac of laptop this is what CPUs do...and the fact you feel the heat blowing out is a good thing.. Go touch the back of a ps3 slim after two hrs of gameplay of even a movie...that will be hot to the touches and very little escaping the unit. Another point to make out is the battle of the consoles.. Xbox: party chat , chatting with friends while they play different games, ..chatting that works. Redownload purchases as many times as you like or need. I.e ps3 customer service the worst ever. Netflix with the need to use a disc that spins consistently while watching instant que.....ie ps3. Live streaming shows I.e IGN, MSNBC, TODAY, etc.free with live. Larger game library, great multiplayer experience. Kinect, which will all for voice activated videos calls, voice command controls, exclusive control free gaming. Control free video n netflix navigation..where as ps3 move is just another set of controllers that need to be charged in a system with only two USB ports vs the five on the 360. Price 299 for 250 g HD n wifi is a steall.. Ps3 sells for 350 for the same HD size ..sure mitt may play blu Ray .. But if that's you reason to get a console you should just get a blu ray player cheaper that runs better n runs netflix with disc...basically this are video game consoles.. And that is what I judge it on.. But even if was on media center capabilities then I still say 360.. As the sonny network is horrible for chat. Ok aside the rant I just had ..the new 360 is great purchase if looking to upgrade or jump on the 360 band wagon. I honestly cannot say anything bad about it. Set up is easy transferring data is now the easy than it has ever been.. Due to the ability to use USB sticks now.. So their is no need for transfer cables what so ever. The USB transfer is much faster and user friendly. And if all you transfer is game save n just redownload purchases it will only take minutes. Load times drastically improved. Touch buttons extremely sensitive...i.e. They are touch sensitive so no pressure needed. The system is whisper quiet, the fan placement is great...the heat flows out nicely and blows cool from the two smaller vents. Warm air escaping is a good thing people. Shiny black surface is nice.. Many argue finger print magnet.. But seriously how often do you touch you entire system.. And why?! The only con is the the lack of hdmi cable but honestly the ps3 did not come with one either.. No one complained there.. And honestly that made no sense being that blurry movies don't even work without it. HDMI cables are cheap now.. Amazon sells them for like six bucks for a basic one.which is what they would have packaged anyway., so if you want the fancy ones. Go crazy but via is cheaper and allows for pc hookup as well. Lastly, I feel this is a great purchase for anyone switching or willing to finally try...ax it lacks over heating issues of the past and now has largest HD and fastest wifi of any console.. This is the system to go with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Dont Hold Your Breath Just Yet...

    Posted
    ComputerGamingMan

    The only thing I wanted was to buy this Xbox 360 Slim and feel safe and secure that I would be alright. Without hesitation after I found out that the new Xbox 360 was coming out I got ready to go get one as fast as possible. But upon further review I decided to wait just a bit. I already have an Xbox 360 Elite 120 GB system and have had one since Sept, 2009. I feel somewhat safe with it but the console only recognizes certain 360 games. I try to always run a fan when playing so to keep it cool but am still starting to notcie problems with it. So I am thinking I will get this one, but dispite the goods, there are also the bads to the system. The goods: a 250 GB HDD will definitely give you enough space to work with, a smaller sized system will also give you the space you need by 1.2 inches, WiFi internet with N technology will have you doing wireless faster than the PS3 and whats more its built it saving you $100.00! there are 5 USB ports instead of 3 on the old system, the touch sensitive power button will keep you smiling, It has a built in Kinekt port for the controller free games coming this Christmas. It also just looks sexier with its gloss finish; the one larger fan instead of the smaller 2 fans will keep it as quiet as a deaf man's sleep, and there is rumor that the Heat sink on the processor might be larger and dissipate more heat than the previous models! SO WHY IN THE WORLD NOT GET ONE? Unfortunately for the Xbox 360 Slim, there is the good as well as the bad just like the real world. The Bad: there is still a disc tray and not a load slot like the PS3, and the Slim model still only offers standard definition movies unlike the PS3 which offers Blue-Ray. But since were not comparing this to the PS3 and instead to the older Xbox 360, then we have very little to worry about. However, the main thing that concerns me is the ability for this to brake down more easily by hardware failure caused by heat. you see the Hard Drive is inside the 360 this time instead of on the outside, and the Hard Drive will give away some heat. The WiFi wireless internet is also built in and if used can also generate more heat. Further more yes it may be quiet but there will only be 1 fan instead of 2, and while Ill be it is a larger fan its hard to say if it will be enough. Also the interior of the 360 is smaller so that means not enough space in between the heat and that might cause problems with the motherboard or even the processor itself. and its only a rumor that there might be a larger heat sink in it, not a fact as of yet so if its just the same as they say it will be then you had better get yourselves an icebox to sit this on. Lastly, it is brand new and has not been tested yet, and as with all new electronics, things can go unexpectedly bad. SO WHAT DO I SAY, BUY IT OR NOT? This must be as hard for me to write this as it is for you to spend your time reading but it is a draw. Let me explain briefly: Its new, might have problems, and could potentially be the very thing we are looking for an Xbox to be. It has a ton of more bells and whistles but they put it all with a smaller package in a tighter space and gave it a sexy exterior. HERE IS MY FINAL VOTE: I THINK YOU SHOULD BUY IT, BUT......WAIT A FEW WEEKS TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT! Or if your like me then take your chance and go for it. But if the problems start pileing in after 3 days, Id hate to say I told you so. Overall i recommend this product because its the best thing Microsoft has ever come up with, as I say with hesitation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    X-Box 360 Slim

    Posted
    Anonymous

    I am extremely picky about any hardware I use. Having owned both models of the PS3 and a few Xbox 360s (that I owned over time) I have pretty high expectations. Personally I think X-box live is much better then PSN which is why I jumped from PS3 back to X-box. My big issue was the hardware. Microsoft took care of a big issue by allowing users to burn their games to the hard drive. However, the fan noise on my X-box was still driving me crazy. Now my x-box wasn't broken, my ears just seem to attune to the noise they make. It especially drove me crazy when playing games like Fallout 3 or when browsing the dash board. In this case the PS3 fat and slim where hands down superior (hardware build wise). But like many a fans I put up with the poor build quality for the sake of a better interface and of course my friends list. Now onto the new X-box 360. Let me just say that for once I am very proud of Microsoft. They seem to have taken all the complaints from users and fixed them. This is the system they should have released long ago. The very first thing I noticed is how silent this machine is. Even after running for over an hour you can barely hear the fan. I would go as far as to say it's even more silent then the PS3 slim (which I found to be louder then the fat model). The new X-box has a strange but cool new look. I don't understand why people are complaining that it is a finger print magnet. How often do you really touch your system once it's in place? The buttons on the front are now touch sensitive instead of pressing them in, and make a cool noise I must say. I'm happy to say that even my disc drive is quite. It's almost as quite running a disc as the fans on my x-box were. There are no old school memory card ports, but they upped the USB ports to 5. 2 on the front and 3 in the back. The new 250GB hard drive is removable. There is a button on the right side vent that you can press and remove the plate. The hard drive is in a special case but it's easier to move. The only downside to this is the people that take their hard drives to their friends house, but this can be fixed by using a USB drive now. The controller is pretty much the same as the Elites plus a couple changes. The bottom portion of the controller that was gray shaded is now a shiny black and the X-box button is shiny chrome. All in all goes will with the package. The ear cushion on the headset is also now black instead of grey. Microsoft also has a picture of a black chat pad and wireless headset on the box for the new 360. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a black controller charger. To close, I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase. It's a worthy upgrade and one that shows Microsoft is actually listening for once. Also for those planning to get Kinect there is a dedicated port so on the new system which will let you use the camera with one less cable. If I could make just one suggestion it would be for Microsoft to stop using fans if you want to shrink it, go to liquid cooling systems and x-box to also use blu-ray discs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Here 2day, Ready 2 Kinect.

    Posted
    lewejl

    I've had an XBOX 360 since it came out, traded it in when the Halo system came out. (I don't care much for halo, just like the green.) Never had RRoD, just one red light that was fixed in the consoles' first year warranty. This new Xbox is a bit smaller and much quieter, and I love the "ding" noise it chimes when you open the tray or turn it off. Maybe that's just for Microsoft to make more money, but it worked. It's nice and has a Kinect port. No telling how much the adapter may cost when it comes out and it's good to have less wires than I already have. So I do love the WiFi. Another cord out of the way. It's very responsive and nice. The only drawback was that I had my data between a MU, 20GB HD, and a 120GB HD. Not much of a big deal, this one has a 250GB, so goodbye to the others. Transferring the data I needed wasn't too bad. Thank goodness I had a Sony 2GB flash drive laying around. That was just enough to keep the data I needed. I'm sure 250GB will satisfy my future of owning this system. Just hope it holds up like Microsoft promises. If your worried that it won't but you want this system, then get it if you have the money and keep your old one until your comfortable. Don't buy the 80$, 2yr warranty as i'm sure Microsoft has their own for this new system that should cover your needs. If anything goes wrong, it will be in the first year like my Halo system and that should be under warranty if it is a common defect. So if you want it, then go for it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PRETTY MUCH SAME OLD XBOX

    Posted
    mdubbs152

    I guess I pretty much have to say this is how XBOX should have been done the first time. Had it a little over a month I game alot. No issues with freezing up and such like I had on my old system I owned 4 years. The 250GB hard drive is a must have. With the 4gb system you can probably get by if you only play one game at a time. But if you ever plan on playing any demos, or trying to keep save data from multiple games you will run out fast. In fact I think the 4GB only has about 3GB available because the system uses some of it. For example, I just got battlefield 3. In order to play in HD, you have to download the HD pack, which is multiple Gigs big. Its my understanding that the graphics suck without it. I can see this being an issue in the future as games are exceeding the ability to fit on a DVD, and I haven't heard anything about Xbox getting on Blu-ray any time soon. You can upgrade the 4gb system with your own hard drive. There are plenty of web sites that tell you how, and tell you what hard drives are compatible, but for a name brand drive you are going to spend about $75, and it will take a little research and time. I guess 1 benefit is I beleive you can actually go up higher in memory than 250gb., maybe up to 500, though at this point, I don't know that there would be any reason to have that much. The price difference would be have been $100 if you just bought the upraded system in the first place. So you can save 25 bucks if that interests you. Another option is I think on eBay and online you can probably buy pre-formated drives. They will probably be off-brand, but will require no extra effort if you are willing to take that risk. That will probably run you in the area of 50 bucks. Pros: -built in wifi looks cooler than the old xbox Cons: Even if you install the game discs to hard drive you still have to have the discs in the drive. I guess you still ge tthe benefit of the speed from playing off the hard drive. But the big issue for me is having to swap discs. Battlefield 3 is the first game I've run across that plays on multiple disc, and I can see it happening more and more in the future as games get bigger and better. I'm assuming the limitation is to avoid piracy, but there has to be another way, its been done on PCs for years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A heavy hit to the wallet, but well worth it.

    Posted
    Greywolft

    Let me start by saying this is my 3rd Xbox 360 in as many years, making this buyer a little skeptical. The first one died a horrific death when it "attacked" my wife who was holding a cup of coffee at the time. Neither the Console or the coffee survived that encounter. The second was a refurbished replacement which I'm sad to say died a death of the red ring variety. This posed a very real dilemma. We've all heard of the horrific record these machines have had in the past but if you're like me with a fairly decent size game library the idea of switching consoles just isn't financially feasible. So I finally made the decision to buy #3. Called Best Buy (#249) and spoke with Claudia who was not only friendly but very thorough in answering all of my questions. She put one on hold for me along with a transfer kit, and an hour later I was hooking everything up. The very first thing I noticed was it's new design. It's very modern looking in its new curves and glossy black and you're greeted with 2 new sounds when using either of the buttons(Power and disc tray), now touch sensitive, but that's the only sound you'll hear. Everything else runs church quiet. The biggest surprise came once I started playing. On the 1080p setting, the picture is more vibrant and rich and the new optical port, a great companion to the HDMI port, produces high quality sound. Though the optic and HDMI cables are NOT included, a wireless controller is( along with 2 AAA batteries).It has a slightly different feel to it, which adds to the whole new toy experience. The thumb sticks and buttons seem more fluid and sensitive. Setting up the wifi is very simple and straight forward as is recovering your gamer tag and moving content licenses. Let's not forget the 1yr Mfg warranty that's included, making it slightly less worrisome to drop $300. For those that want more, an extended warranty is available. So while $300 IS a hefty chunk of change, those thoughts are quickly replaced with satisfaction and a special glee that only comes from playing with a new toy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I actually have the system, unlike the others...

    Posted
    JoeThaFlow

    I'm a recent Xbox 360 owner as I have a PS3 Slim and wanted to get a 360 as of the big exclusives coming out and the Kinect motion controller (no controller). I had the Elite i returned it and got this one. The design of the system is gorgeous. Sitting next to it, my PS3 Slim looks like a 6 on a scale of 1-10. It's a little smaller and lighter than the PS3 Slim and while idle it is quieter. When your playing a DVD game disk its louder than the PS3 playing a blu ray disk, but significantly and dramatically more quiet than the previous 360 models. The controller is all black not much of a difference just a little gloss on the top and bottom. The built in Wi-Fi works great and is a definite plus. It has a touch activated eject button and power button that sounds and seems cool, probably not as much the more you get used to it. Has lots of ventilation and a big fan to give it the proper air flow and cooling. It really boils to if you don't have a 360 and were waiting to get one, this one is the one to get, it doesn't play blu ray though, but most people like myself already have one or separate movie players, but this is a game system primarily, so keep that in mind. 250GB hard drive more than enough for me and I download games, demos, movies, music like crazy and I haven't even came close to using 100GB. (40+games and demos, 40+movies, Countless music.) However if you already have a 360 console and it is in proper working condition, you probably already have a wireless adapter, and the proper hard drive, the only thing missing is the port for Kinect if you were planning on getting that, but Microsoft will release an adapter that should be cheap so that you can Kinect like everyone else. If I already had a 360 I would save the money towards the swarm of games coming out and Kinect. Hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Xbox perfected

    Posted
    Keyan
    • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

    I actually have one of these, and I am going to review this box vs. the previous generation. This is a great iteration of the Xbox 360. It is nearly silent, the drive is quieter, and the large HDD gives you plenty of storage space for installed games, DLC, On Demand games, etc. The box itself is smaller than the old one, and the styling is dead on. It looks like a small high-end gaming rig, in the style of Alienware or a similar company. The piano black does show fingerprints...but nothing a micofiber cloth can't clean up for the few times I move it. The buttons (eject and power), are actually touch buttons and the 360 will chime when they are pressed. The integrated optical out is awesome, I no longer need the "adapter" to get a separate optical out when using HDMI, and the integrated wireless has good reception. The additional USB ports (3 on the rear, 2 in front), give you plenty of connectivity for flash drives, charging the wireless headset, etc. It also has a decided "AUX" port for the Kinect, which will provide that unit with power so a separate power source is not required. Overall, this unit addresses all of the shortcomings of the old one, and for someone with an older 360 (particularly the pre-HDMI generation), this is a great refresh. If you already have a newer Elite, this iteration is probably not necessary. If you are wanting to get a 360 - if you can find this one, then go for it, however the deal on the Elite (still a solid machine) at $50 off with some good games bundled is a VERY attractive offer. The only downside is that if you need wireless, you are still looking at another $100 to get that on the older model, pushing you over the price of the new box. I am very pleased with this version of the xbox and I would recommend it highly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY: X-Box or Kincect MS Voides Warranty

    Posted
    Sadie420

    Last year I bought an X-Box 360 250GB, Console Serial Number 043504593307, for my son, who at the time was 5 years old. It started to give the “Insert Disk” error about 70% of the time even when a disk was inserted. These were new disk, all disk were legitimate, not copied or pirated. My son only used the x-box for games not for DVDs or CDs. On November 18, 2010 I signed on to the X-Box website, typed in the console serial number and much to my relief, it said it was still covered under warranty until 12/28/10. So I set up a service request (1143087189), got the pre-printed shipping label, boxed it up and shipped it off. Thinking to myself, WOW what great customer service. Then on 11/25/10 at 11:55 AM, I received a courtesy e-mail saying they received the console and would be in contact, so far so good. Just a few hours later at 3:35, I received yet another e-mail saying “We were not able to provide service for your XBOX 360 console. Our standard inspection revealed evidence of internal tampering or modification. The internal modifications found might include: Modifications to internal components• Modifications to software The serial number on the back of the console does not match our records for the internal components of the console sent in for service. Internal modifications, tampering, or unauthorized repairs render your Xbox 360 console ineligible for Microsoft repair.” WHAT???? Nothing had been modified on this system. It was Thanksgiving Day so I thought, I will give them a call tomorrow and figure this out. However, at 10:35 PM that day, I received a third e-mail saying it was already being shipped back. Then on Saturday 11/27/10 at 7:12 AM, after they had already sent it back, another e-mail saying “We were not able to provide warranty service for your XBOX 360 console. Our standard inspection revealed that one or more of the following conditions exist, voiding the XBOX 360 Limited Warranty: • The anti-tampering label on your console is damaged or missing • We found pry marks, indications of forced entry, or other signs of tampering on the console The Xbox Limited Warranty states that the warranty shall not apply, and Microsoft shall have no liability, if your console has been tampered with or has been repaired, modified, or altered anywhere other than at a Microsoft authorized repair center.” Again, WHAT??? While my son is pretty smart in my opinion, I am pretty sure he does not know how to modify or tamper with an Xbox. So on Monday, 11/29/10, I called X-Box, to try to figure out exactly what had happened. I was told that due to confidentiality reasons he could not tell me over the phone what the reason was, but that when I got my X-box back it would have a letter that that said what the exact problem was. He told me there was nothing he could do to help. The console arrived and to my surprise, there was a letter in it and you know what it said? It listed all of the above reasons as to why they would not honor the warranty. So I turned to the internet and search “Insert Disk” error, guess what, this is a VERY common problem, which is due to the lens. We really wanted to get my son the Kinect for Christmas, so my husband decided to fix the problem himself. At this point he did open up the X-Box, breaking two different tamper seals in the process. We were not concerned at this point since X-Box already said it would not honor our warranty. He cleaned up the lens, put it back together, plugged it in to see if it worked and guess what, the X-Box would not DO ANYTHING! It was flashing two reds lights on top then and 2 green lights on the bottom, but won’t play anything. Called X-Box customer service again and surprise, surprise, they could not help and did not know what we were talking about! So back to the internet, it seems that it does this when the console is in manufacturing mode. There are several people who have had this issue and the “rumor” is Microsoft is doing this to “get back” at people that tampered with their system. However, I NEVER tampered with it. They judged me guilty without even asking and now I have a system that once was pretty useless, is Completely useless!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great system, but some problems

    Posted
    DaveInBoise

    Overall the XBox360 Slim model is great. The built in WiFi works as advertised, installed it in my fifth wheel and have used it on the road to connect to NetFlix to watch movies while camping in locations where WiFi is available. My recommendation is for anyone who wants to connect to the internet pay for XBox Gold membership; you will not go wrong. Establishing a connection with different networks is very simple and straight forward. Graphics on this device is terrific, much better than my XBox that I will soon be donating to local charity -- it's just that good; no sense in messing with the older technology. Here are the not so great items - a lot of heat is generated by this device, be aware if you put it into a closed cabinet - you will want to leave the cabinet door open after you shut it down to cool off. Purchase the rechargeable battery pack for at least one of the controllers, there is no off switch on the controller unless you go through the console itself. They do have a tendency to stay on for about five to ten minutes before they turn themselves off - burning valuable battery power with no option other then to disconnect the power supply at the controller to turn off - not insurmountable - but would it have killed them to put an off switch on the controller? The headphones that plug into the controllers are a joke - one use and they don't work - primarily used for online gaming in games like Modern Warfare 2. I got maybe two hours out of them and they cut out on the sound like nobody's business - you just can't hear anything let alone have a conversation on line. The wiring is pretty cheap in these things. I take care of my equipment so I am surprised it failed this early in it's life cycle. (note of warning here to anyone using them for multi-player gaming, when they did work, I heard language that would make a sailor blush - I'm no prude - but this language was pretty bad. There must be someway to limit this) Over all the system is great, I will be looking for a different pair of headphones from Best Buy; I doubt the warranty is very specific about replacing just the headphones when the rest of the unit is working. I'll find out when I go into the store.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazed!

    Posted
    Asena
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this current gen of the 360 to replace my 6 year old Pro version. The old guy is still running, but starting to get a few read errors, so I figured 6 years is long enough and decided to upgrade. I expected a better system than my old 360, but wow! There is a huge difference! It's extremely quiet, much, much faster, doesn't run as hot and the HDMI is a welcomed addition. It's hard to pinpoint every single thign that's better, but take my word... if you're coming from an older 360, you WILL notice a world of difference. Since my old 360 is still going, I thought about getting a PS3 just to have the variety, but honestly, after I evaluated it, I really saw no need. I already have a Bluray player, so the PS3 having that means absolutely nothing to me. Plus I don't care to wear out my console watching Bluray all the time. There are a 'few' exclusive games on PS3, but not nearly enough, and none are good enough to make me switch over. In all reality, there is no good reason to choose PS3 over 360. Except for Bluray, 360 does everything PS3 dos and more. Plus, if you enjoy online gaming, nothing touches Xbox Live. Nothing! Overall, the current gen of 360 is a top notch, extremely high quality machine. The fit and finish and build is flawless, the piano black looks awesome, the touch sensitive buttons are cool, HDMI is great and the graphics, speed and raw power and as good as you can get. If you're coming from an old 360, you will fall in love with this beauty! And if you're torn between it and the PS3, just keep in mind that the 360 is every single bit as powerful and fast as the PS3... and online play and interactive apps are much better on the 360, and you have a huge variety. Something else you should know: Old Playstation games are no longer backwards compatible on the PS3, so your old PS and PS2 games are no good anymore. The 360 is fully backwards compatible with most original Xbox games. I simply love this machine, and I'm sure you will too. As a side note: I ordered last night around midnight, choose two day shipping for an extra 4 bucks because of the weekend... and it was sitting on my doorstep when I got home at 5 today. Way to go Best Buy! That's what I call fast shipping! Delivered in less than 24 hours. Best Buy rocks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Piece of Technology That Is Long Overdue

    Posted
    PoLaRiS120

    The release of the xbox 360 slim is long overdue. With a new sleek design, whisper quiet technology, built in wifi, and a system that no longer features the three red rings of death, this is certainly a step in the right direction for microsoft. Many people are quick to insult the system and its capability because of design flaws that existed in previous versions of the xbox 360; however, it is important to note that this new system is a redesign unlike the previous "new" xbox's that simply only incorporated either the existence of an hdmi port, a larger hard drive, or simply put were released in a different color (i.e. the elite being in black, halo limited edition in green, etc.). Its too early to predict how well this new system will perform without encountering an error that disables the machine, but its difficult to deny that microsoft has not been hard at work putting their best foot forward on this endeavor. They shocked everyone by not only announcing the existence of the 360 slim at E3, but also by making it available before the end of the week in which it was announced. This is clearly a win for the consumer. Also, it should be noted that many people are saying that wifi should have been incorporated into the 360 when it first launched; however, people seem to forget that the 360 launched before any of this generations consoles, and at that time to incorporate the feature would have significantly increased the cost of the machine thereby limiting the number of people that could have purchased the system. Remember, the playstation 3 once cost $600, and yet now it is only $300.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome System (when it works)

    Posted
    Silwine

    First and foremost, I love shopping at this store! I bought an Elite 160GB Xbox about a year and ten months ago. I bought it knowing that MS had issues with the Xbox so I also made sure to buy the Best Buy warranty which was $59.99 for 2 years. Well, I brought the Xbox Elite for service because I kept getting the 3 red rings of death. The tech tells me to walk around the store for a bit while he takes a look at it. I do that and come back 20 mins after and the tech says "We couldn't fix it so we are going to give you the credit to get a new one" I thought WOW! That's great news. However, they only had the 4GB Xbox at that store. I go to customer service and the lady is extremely helpful. She checks for inventory at other stores and finds a store that has the 250GB Xbox for $299.99. That is important because I paid $399.99 + tax for my elite and Best Buy had authorized a credit that included tax! (there was no refund for the warranty which is expected). So she calls and the other store holds the Xbox for me. I get there and to my surprise the Xbox 250 GB that they were holding for me included 2 games (Forza 3 and a downloadable code for the full version game of Alan Wake which takes about 7GB of HDD) . At this point I was excited and couldn't wait to get home to plug everything in and start playing. I bought the extended warranty again but this time for $79.99. I had a great experience and the warranty actually worked out for me. I can't give the Xbox a high rating for endurance since mine died less than 2 years after I bought it. However, the Xbox is fun and even though you have to pay for Xbox Live, it is worth every penny. I also own a PS3 and a Wii but I find myself buying most game for the Xbox. Don't get me wrong, I love all my consoles but if I was on a budget and only had enough to buy one it would be the Xbox w/ Xbox Live.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Here Today. Ready for Tomorrow. (?)

    Posted
    Haza12d

    "Here Today. Ready for Tomorrow" is the new slogan M$ has up on their website for the new XBOX 360 "Slim." I was lucky to pick one up last week and at first I was impressed by its presentation, its quality, and its capabilities. It boasts a large 250GB Hard Drive, built-in Wi-fi, a smaller/sleeker form factor, and supposedly a "whisper quiet" experience. The touch buttons are nice and the extra USB ports in the back are just what you need since M$ allowed the use of flash drives to for their consoles. But after a few days, I realized that its essentially the same console in a new shell. I mean a bigger hard drive and wireless is nice and everything, but I think the console should offer more for the price tag that it has. Another downside of the new system is the fact that it is not backwards compatible with the older console's memory modules. Your old hard drives and memory units will not work (fit) in the newer version. I hope they come out with some sort of adapter to make this possible in the future. You should buy this console only if you do not have one or if you're like me, a person that has to have the latest and newest tech out there. If you still have your old one, save your money and only spring for this one if and when (RROD) your current one dies out. As for me, I think I'll be taking my "Slim" back to Best Buy tomorrow and eventually buy another one down the road. Microsoft should change their slogan to this: "Here Today. Ready for Tomorrow. (Should have been here yesterday)"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kicks PS3's rear end

    Posted
    kargo27

    I have both a PS3 and XBOX 360. The only downside to XBOX in the past was the Red Rings Of Death issue. My wife bought me my first one for XMAS 2008. I got a NYKO Intercooler II external fan to keep it cooler. It worked like a charm. Had no issues and after a year and a half I upgraded to the SLIM, just because I liked the look of it. My son has the older style white one and my daughter has the SLIM. I have my own. So, we have 3 consoles and traded in to gamestop 3 others. I did have one of the older consoles I bought used off of ebay that gave me the RROD but it was one of the first releases. We haven't had any issues with new ones purchased after December 2008. XBOX LIVE is an incredible feature. It's relatively easy to navigate, it's extremely stable and I believe a great value. We have 4 accounts on it and I pay $99/year. That's only $25 per account per year and well worth the money. I've found the XBOX 360 console itself is very stable. I've read on here where people have had disk tray issues and other odd problems. After having about 5 or 6 XBOXes, the only issue we've had was that one RROD.....from an old, used console on ebay. I also have a Sony PS3 slim. I find the controllers to be un-ergonomic compared to the XBOX, I find that it locks up and freezes or has to be restarted once every 10 times I use it. The online service is OK but you get what you pay for on the free one. I did upgrade to the Play Station Network Plus, but it's just not as great of a feature as LIVE. I don't find the Blu Ray player that great, either. I nor my wife could tell the difference in picture quality on a 37" 1080p LCD TV. If I had to choose just one console, I would take XBOX over PS3 hands down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade or Starter! Bad Built In Wifi

    Posted
    xXBabyGeezuzXx

    I just upgraded to the Xbox 360 Slim from my Xbox 360 Elite made in November 2009. i sold the old Xbox to get this one. First the location of the fan is genius, it is right above the heat sink which makes it very effective and to top that the processor is a 45nm (nano meter) compared to my Elite which was 65nm. The fan is whisper quite. The sound when running a game is quieter than the fan when the Elite is on the dashboard. Running the games off the hard drive the fan is whisper quite as promised. The 250GB hard drive is not on the top of the console it is inside of the xbox its self, this mean faster load times than ever before. The touch buttons are nice but they make a sound that can get annoying to some. The two more USB ports were a nice addition especially if you have a play and charge kit, wireless turtle beach and a wireless head set charger like I do. The worst part is the built in wireless is that it supports N networks but NOT 5GHZ NETWORKS. I REPEAT NOT 5GHZ WIRELESS NETWORKS. DONT BUY THIS IF YOU HAVE A 5GHZ WIRELESS NETWORK! It is a great system it seems as if they are trying to make it look and feel like a PS3. I would wait to buy on or buy the extended warranty from Best Buy because it is a first generation and will have its own problems. IT ONLY HAS ONE YEAR "LIMITED" WARRANTY FROM MICROSOFT. If you can wait if not upgrade and get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Late Birthday Early Christmas present

    Posted
    ShadowFox

    I got this bad boy for me; although when I first got it I did just what anyone would do: Go to my TV; plug in the HDMI cable unpack and set up the 360 and then use the transfer pack to copy from the old hard drive to the new one and then download everything I had done on the old 360 to the new one. One thing this has over the PS3 is that I can listen to my music when I'm playing a vid game One thing the PS3 has over it: I have to burn the songs onto a CD THEN upload them to the 360 that way to build up the library instead of like on the PS3 I could just copy my thumb drive to the music file and boom done One thing the PS3 has over it: You don't have to be a gold member to have access to Netflix. I just wish there was a better way to upload the music without having to jump through all those hoops or having to plug my BlackBerry or Thumb drive in to listen to songs that way. When I got it; I noticed that the cord was different than the old version and this one the wireless was built in as I was like "YES!" and I broke this baby in by playing Alan Wake which I freaking LOVE as I got the one with two free games; and Forza 3...I'm warming up to although if you were to look at my cars and the credits I spent modifying them you would say otherwise. but I only played Forza that one time and just like two days ago jumped from level 1 to now Level 32 without modding my game I"m from the old school you know the Atari Generation; then evolved to the NES generation then the SNES and up and up; and NOW all of a sudden you gamers are concerned about who cheats on which game and whether or not you can get away with it: WHO CARES we all do it. I don't care about the points or whether or not I do it honestly without cheating; as far as I'm concerned the points factor for Xbox Live and the rating scale for the PSN is a waste of time;

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More bang for the buck!

    Posted
    DanTran

    This redesign is a huge improvement from the older Xbox 360 models. It has 250 GB of hard drive space, an integrated wireless adapter, new chipset that allows the system to run a lot cooler and quieter, and a sleek, new sexy design. Everything about the Xbox 360 has been improved, so it's a great time for newcomers and those people who currently don't have this console to purchase it. Even owners of the obselete Arcade or Elite models (such as myself) are upgrading to this new "slim" redesign. Microsoft has leveled the playing ground with the Playstation 3. The only advantage that the Sony console now has is its capability to play Blu-ray. This isn't such a big deal for me before my LED HDTV is only 720p, and I won't be buying a new 1080p TV with 3D capabilities anytime soon (following Sony's 3D technology showing at E3, which they are heavily pushing to the public). There are still a good amount of years left in this current gaming generation with no announcement from either of the big 3 companies (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) of new hardware coming out soon, so if you're in the market for some high-definition gaming with the best online experience, the new Xbox 360 slim is the right choice for you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Truth

    Posted
    TheAbsoluteTruth

    Its smaller, faster, and more energy efficient. It won't completely break the bank, but make sure to think of the reasons why you are purchasing the remodeled Xbox before a purchase. If you have an existing console and just want it for the no RROD policy, don't be fooled, its best to never be the first of anything, give it time and get real reviews from actual owners. Or trust intuition, personally I like it, and the wi-fi is incredible so I did a sound purchase since my old one completely copped out on me. Secondly, don't follow Fanboy reviews, its best to buy from what you know from pre-existing products. Having been an Original Xbox owner, before the Xbox 360, I can give you an Absolute Truth that this product is worth the buy, or wait. It won't dissapoint future Xbox owners and it won't upset previous owners of older 360's, and besides...with the new add ons to xbox live and so on Xbox will be a must have in peoples lives. P.S. If you're disappointed by the blu-ray thing, just turn your xbox to a high 1080p display and get netflix, it won't dissapoint and you'll save tons on money, trust me. P.P.S. Get Netflix, just saying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good upgrade, but...

    Posted
    Iluv2raceit

    The new XBOX 360 Elite "Slim" is a decent upgrade, but not worth it IMO if you already own a previous generation XBOX. Two things to note: 1) Price: $249.99 would have been a much better price entry range for competition marketing purposes as well as a better deal to the consumer, and 2) The optic drive is still LOUD! Very disappointing as Microsoft has had plenty of time to resolve this issue and is still one of the biggest complaints with the previous generation XBOX systems. The good news is that the new XBOX is definitely much quieter when at idle and when gaming (CPU and GPU in the system are at "full load"). As for form factor, the new XBOX is much lighter and smaller versus the previous generation XBOX. I found that the new black glossy finish did not pick up fingerprints as easily as I had thought it would (my new iPhone 4 is much worse in picking up fingerprints). The new touch enabled power button and DVD drive is a nice touch as well. New features include built-in WiFi (802.11n capable - yes!), HDMI port, and Display port. Despite the DVD drive noise, I am very happy with my purchase. If you must have the latest and greatest XBOX, this is the one to get.

    I would recommend this to a friend