"Perfect replacement for a dead xbox (RROD)"5.0 starson by JD_Mortal
Pros: No money wasted buying another hard drive. Hard drives are cheap on ebay. Controller to replace worn old controller, if this is your second xbox. New ones come with internal memory, but external memory makes playing at a friends house convenient.
Cons: No hard drive, but that is insignificant for most casual players. That's about it.
Summary: The game works great, full resolution, on any screen. The games are better than other games previously stashed inside. Long-term playability, and generally fun.
Sure a hard drive would be nice. If you are a hard-core player, you already have one, because you just burned through your old x-box, and this is a full replacement. If you are a casual player, which a majority are, you will not understand what the fuss is all about. Delete old junk, and save new junk. Problem solved. (Like you are really going to go back and play that two year-old game that bored you after one week. Delete it, don't become a pack-rat unless you have the storage to waste.)
Seriously, most games only consume a few Kb of space. Only downloaded games, which require gigabytes of storage, will be a problem. If you can afford downloadable games, you can afford the unit with the hard drive. So, again, this is not even an issue.
This new version seems to run cooler, play faster, rarely hesitates, and seems to have a better power-supply.
I only wish that they sold a "Core Only" version. For those of us who don't need a power-supply, controller, or video-cables. I would rather have paid only $100 for a new box core. (Amazingly, that is how much they charge you to repair it, if it breaks. Funny, it would be cheaper for them to give us a new one, instead of fixing our old ones. By the way, fixing does nothing except extend the time before it breaks again. It will never be returned back to "Factory new", no matter what they replace inside. Old pats are old parts. Replace your tires, you don't have a new car... You just drive it until the alternator goes, or the transmission, or the AC.
I love this thing. It continues to take my abuse, and never cries.
I run full HDMI with a HDMI computer monitor at full 1920 x 1080 resolution. Playing Movie DVDs, Music MP3s, X-Box games, X-Box 360 games, and Photo CDs. The only thins I have not done, is to hook this up to my computer.
Yes, you can hook these up to your computer. (With a network-hub or port-switch and the network cables.)
For $20.00 you can get a 20GB drive on eBay, or at a pawn shop, or any other place that sells used electronics. It is a hard drive, it will outlive the game unit.