"This is the Xbox you've been waiting for."4.5 starson by NerdJutsu
Pros: - Integrated Wifi
- Modern, Sleek shape form
- 250gb Hard Drive
- HD Netflix, Zune, ESPN
- Optical Audio, HDMI
Cons: - DVD...
- RCA cables... C'MON it's 2010
- Fingerprint Magnet
- XBOX Live costs money
Summary: I've been a gamer since I first played Afterburner in my Sega Master System, I was 3 years old. Since then I've tried to own every console that comes out and that make sense to buy.
The Xbox 360 was not a console that made sense buying up until this model. Not having integrated WiFi up until 2010 is a big drawback, owning a Wii and a PS3 I wasn't willing to drag an ethernet cable all through my living room just to play on the Xbox. To my surprise the WiFi is also really fast compared to the PS3s (specially when downloading updates). 250GB Hard Drive should cover all my media needs, even though I have a 2TB HTPC right next to it and making the Hard Drive propietary, is still a ripoff. As other reviews have said, the console is very quiet, sleek and has great power savings.
The Dashboard experience feels like a perfect balance between the Wii's childish approach and the PS3's Manly-Glossy approach. I own a Roku, HTPC, Wii and a PS3, I've tried the Netflix experience through all of them and the Xbox 360 solution is the best one. It was the fastest, sleekest and with WiFi 802.11n you will be able to watch all your videos in pure (erm, compressed, streamed) HD. I'm really looking forward to watch ESPN videos as well.
Even though I will pay for Xbox live, I'm not sure if it's something we "should" be paying for. I'm all for having a premium model but don't limit a game's capabilities just because of that. Having to pay full price for the games, paying for your console and paying for my internet connection should be more than enough for me to be able to play multiplayer games. You are hosting the games on my console anyways.
All being said and done, if you have been waiting for the right time to buy an Xbox, this is it. If you own a PS3 you might still not see the point, personally the only games I got were Gears of War 1 and 2 and I'm not sure I want anything else for now. If you already own an Xbox, I say pick this one up when yours RROD' again :P