"Slim PS2: Same performance as an original PS2; compact, but gets hot; HDD IS USEFUL (for pirates)!"4.5 starson by hung0702
Pros: Online ready, thin, minimalist, very affordable at about $130, but maintains PS2 quality and performance.
Cons: Lack of open air causes base to heat up quickly, no HDD, no On/Off switch in back. Envy, if you have already bought a PS2.
Summary: This is really the most compact and practical of current-gen consoles. At 3 lbs less than PS2, it retains all the same gameplay flaws as PS2. 294.9 MHz processor is nothing compared to Gamecube (485) and XBox (733), although the Toshiba & Sony Emotion Engine is better than the BM PowerPC "Gekko (Nintendo)" if at equal rates. Less than 1/2 the cache memory of Xbox and 1/6 of Gamecube. Gamecube, XBox, and even Dreamcast came online ready out of the box, so this is less an improvement, as much as it is maintenance.
The HDD slot is useless, unless you want to save your games on a hard drive and not carry all of them around. The Slim PS2 has 2 USB ports, but neither is compatible with an external HDD. Sony probably did this to cut down on game pirating, which can easily be done with HDLoader (Not endorsing pirating, it is stealing, you can be prosecuted, and it is very cheap and easy). Also, you cannot save your memory card files with the slim PS2 (requires HDD utility disc), but this can be remedied with another memory card.
Still DVD and CD compatible, though the disc drive is kind of lame. I prefer not having to bend-up my discs to get them out of the console, but it's cool, whatever. It is unsure whether the new version will actually overheat. The base will get fairly hot after 1-2 hours, but it could just be hot and not overheating. The lack of open space (which contributes to over 50% of the volume in a PS2) is the most likely cause. Having no On/Off switch in the back is weird, but I like the idea of making the Reset and Eject buttons blend in with the ridges.
All in all, if you have already purchased an XBox or Gamecube and want to try playstation, this is a good console (actually, the only console). Its only real difference from the original PS2 is being compact. An online adapter can be bought used for $0.99 at EB. Online experience is horrible though. It's not as bad as Nintendo's, but XBox love leaves everyone else in the dust. If you don't already own a playstation product, the games are a perk. Seriously, what's so special about Halo (Interactive Star Trek) or Smash Bros (It's alright, I guess)? Madden and Kingdom Hearts is where it's at. Also, XBox and Gamecube controllers suck.