Xbox 360 250GB Console
- 802.11n Wi-Fi Built-in For A Faster And Easier Connection
- Internal, Removable 250GB Hard Drive
- Kinect Ready
- Xbox 360 Black Wireless Controller and Headset Included
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This is the new 'slim' system, which is indeed thinner than the original 360's. There is an additional vent on top, which will help stop the system's overheating problem; if you decide to stand the system on end, it provides a vent to make up for the vent being blocked. Having been burned (so to speak) three times by older systems, I choose to set it so all three vents are as clear as possible. The black color also helps it fit in better with my DVD player and other home theater components. It really does look great.
It comes with a black wireless controller, with a great new feature: you can turn on the system by hitting the Xbox logo button. Perfect if your system is in a difficult to reach position. Even powering on is improved on the actual system, though, as the power and eject buttons are now touch-sensitive. A quick flick of the finger give you a little beeping tone that lets you know the system is on without even having to apply any pressure. The system is also a lot quieter than the old system. My wife used to complain about how loud the old one was, but this one barely hums. Loading a game from a disk is the loudest sound you will hear, and that is about as loud as your standard DVD player...comparatively negligible compared to the older systems.
Overall, I really love this system. It is a big upgrade over the original that fell prey to the red ring of death problem. If that scared you off of getting a 360, I think the new chip and setup of this system can put your fears to rest. If you are looking to replace an older system, I can't recommend this enough, to me it was like getting a new console instead of replacing a broken one. It looks, sounds and even feels better than the older systems I have been playing for the last few years. And yes, you can use Kinect with this system.
Shoppers may want to note the difference between the 360S (this one) and the 360E. The E is a base line model and has no TOS Link port. You will also lose the multi A/V out on the E so if you intend to use component or AV inputs on your TV you will be stuck with an E. The E also only has four USB ports and uses physical push type buttons like on the original 360s.
Bottom line, THIS is the Xbox 360 to get as a replacement or if you are just getting started with Xbox 360s! As with every model, you will need your own HDMI cable to get started.
I actually sold my xbox Elite version - the noise from the DVD reader and fun was always annoying and I compensated by increasing the volume. I decided to buy the slim version as I hard it is much quieter. It is indeed much more quiet. When placing Halo (the first one) in, I could only here the xbox if my head was a few inches from the box. Dragon Age: Origins, made more noise but reasonably quiet (maybe it read more data more often?). In any event, significantly quieter than my previous Elite. There is also a direct digital audio output jack which means less cables. The console itself is smaller though glossy look attracts dust.
Am happy with purchase. Giving it 4 stars as a reasonably quiet DVD drive and digital audio output was something that was supposed to be there from day one, in my opinion. But better late than never.
I think the console gives less heat but not sure about it. Definitely quieter though ejecting DVD has a ding sound.