"Xbox 360 FTW"5.0 starson by BBox360
Easy transfer of data from old xbox 360
Cons: Still scratches discs
Can run hot (granted i stream a lot of netflix on it)
Summary: This was Microsoft's response to the PS3 slim, which as well wasn't a major leap.
I'd like to address the issue of scratched discs here. If your Xbox 360 flops over and scratches your disc, it's not the end of the world. If you burned that game onto your hard drive before it got scratched then it will not affect game play (however it will affect trade ins). It will only use the disc to start the game.
My old xbox 360's disk drive broke after 2 years of loyal service. It broke around the time the xbox 360 slim was released so the timing was perfect to get it. It has worked beautifully. Not once in the past 6 or so months has it failed to work as expected. people gripe about the lack of blu ray when it would make absolutely no sense to have one. All Xbox 360 game discs are DVD, and it provides HD movies through the marketplace. Blu Ray will be obsolete soon with digital downloading and streaming. With a 250 gb HDD you probably don't need to complain about it being proprietary. There is no way I will ever fill up the entire HDD, I don't have enough games and I don't load music or video on my Xbox, my 60 gb HDD was enough for me. At the moment I am using the Last.fm application on my xbox with the kinect. Also not allowing 3rd party HDD helps with quality control. I already had an HDMI cable so the fact that it came with SD didn't phase me at all. I don't even know where that cord went, nor do I care.
Xbox 360 was due for a facelift after 5 years. It was done tastefully and looks beautiful next to my hdtv and kinect. Must go play Kinectimals now :3