Xbox 360 Slim or “S” Unboxing
Last Friday I was lucky enough to grab the last Xbox 360 Slim from my local GameStop.
After debating whether it was worth it or not to upgrade to the slim and shiny new model, I decided trading in my original launch system was a pretty good deal. Considering it was on its last legs and that I could get the new model for only $90 more (Thanks Mike Fahey) it was a deal I couldn’t pass up.
First thing you notice when undressing the new Microsoft spawn is they have covered it in air vents. The top, bottom and right side are all covered in vents and its insides feel much more exposed then before. Microsoft definitely does not want to be dealing with overheating issues this time around.
The system has a glossy finish and can be easily compared to the launch PS3 design choices. Just like the early models of PS3, the new Xbox 360 has a touch sensitive chrome power button and a touch sensitive eject button. It looks nice in the entertainment center but will need some cleaning from finger prints from time to time.
The system feel significantly lighter (2.9kg) compared to the old model (3.5kg). No longer available are the memory unit ports. This is due to the fact that Microsoft now allows you to utilize a thumb drive for data and game saves. And that may also be why there are 2 more USB ports on this system then previous models. There are 3 ports on the back and 2 in the front hidden behind a small door.
One significant upgrade gamers might not notice until they receive their first electric bill. Over at Anandtech they run through the power consumption of each system. Even when running idle the system shows a significant decrease in power draw.
Final thing to note is the proprietary port that will be utilized by the Kinect when it is released this November. All Xbox systems will be able to use the Kinect but older models will need to utilize a adapter dongle that will come with the system. This is because the Kinect will draw more power then the USB port provides. If you have an older model you will need to also plug it into an AC outlet (Joystiq).
So overall I think this system is a decent improvement but if you recently purchased an Xbox 360 you should be happy and content that your system is not suddenly obsolete.
Check out the unboxing video below and let us know if you picked up the new system yourself.
Written by Bryan