"A great offering of quality features and storage expansion at a decent price"4.5 starson by theradialangel
Pros: 120GB HDD is biggest of all consoles, HDMI port included, slick black color, stable, abundance of great exlusive titles, Xbox Live is outstanding, best controller design, XBL Arcade...
Cons: $50/year and still lots of material costs money? HD-DVD not included in a package that should have incorporated it, built-in wireless would have been handy
Summary: Bottom line first: the pros heavily outweigh the cons of this feature-improved high-end Xbox 360 console. With the 120GB HDD, you'll be able to rip music and download all the content your heart desires for a while (unless you're downloading a large amount of HD content). Xbox Live is far superior to even many PC online capabilities, and trumps Wii and the PS3 without a second thought. While the $50 isn't desireable, the stability and feature-heavy Xbox Live/Xbox Live Marketplace and community aspects make it totally worth it at a mere $4.09/mo. The only change that could be requested is that marketplace content would find more free downloads and arcade games wouldn't exceed $5.
But the biggest items for the Xbox 360 besides online functionality is the outstanding controller design that is smooth and absolutely intuitive as well as the high-quality exclusive titles. Bioshock, Halo 3, Mass Effect, Fable 2's guaranteed stardom, Forza 2, PGR4, Skate, Guitar Hero 2, Gears of War, and the upcoming Halo Wars give a lot of healthy reasons for buying an Xbox 360. Plus, all multi-platform titles see releases on the Xbox 360 and even outperform the PS3 and Wii releases.
Lastly, the abundance of wireless accessories including the phenominal racing wheel, allow you to expand your experience with gaming and media. While we all wish the HD-DVD player was included, it's still a dream until a (hopeful) announcement in the coming year. But don't hold your breath on that. Plus, with the Media Center extender and IPTV already well into beta-testing, the Xbox 360 in general will fully be set apart for media offering.
With the Xbox 360 Elite, you get the most well-rounded experience in gaming, media, and performance all for fair prices, no matter which version you invest in. Plus, Microsoft's warranty is now 1 year out of the box, and if anything should short your gaming time, you can send it in no questions asked (short of absolutely destroying your console). It's the console of choice in every area you can think of.