The New Xbox 360 Slim is a godsend from the original – RRoD plagued – Xbox 360, but while the new design is awesome, the Xbox 360S still has a few problems of its own. Following are the five worst features of the new Xbox 360 Slim.
No 5Ghz dual-band wireless support
When I bought a new Xbox 360 Slim, I was stoked to find out that it had native wireless N Wi-Fi support, but I was more than bummed when I found out that it didn’t work with my expensive RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless-N router. Well, the Xbox 360S worked with my router in a sense; I could easily pick up my 2.4GHz wireless network, but the Xbox 360S doesn’t recognize 5Ghz networks – unlike the Wireless-N adapter for the original Xbox 360. 5Ghz makes a huge difference when it comes to gaming over a wireless connection and I definitely wouldn’t have shelled out almost $200 for a Dual-Band router if I knew that the 360S didn’t support it.
I love the new sleek and dark design of the new Xbox 360 Slim, but I’m not a fan of the glossy finish of the 360S that makes for a hell-of-a fingerprint magnet. The original Xbox 360 looks antiquated when compared to the Xbox 360 Slim, but I truly miss the matted finish of the original Xbox 360. Heck, even the 4GB Xbox 360 Slim comes with a matt finish, so why not make them all that way?
Internal hard drives
I have a beef with the new hard drives of the Xbox 360 Slim; they’re internal only, not backwards compatible, and cost quite a few gill. Having an internal hard drive can lead to overheating – as opposed to the old external HDs of the old 360 -, the new Xbox 360 Slim hard drives are propriety HDs that cost way too much money, and you can forget attaching your old Xbox 360 hard drive to the new 360S because it just won’t work. Honestly, if Microsoft was going to change the way hard drives were designed on the Xbox 360 Slim, they should have opted for internal 2.5″ SATA hard drives like the Sony PlayStation 3.
That darned sensitive eject button
This might sound a bit petty – and it may be – but the eject button on the new Xbox 360 Slim is just too sensitive. If you so much as hover your finger over the 360S’s eject button or brush past it, the Xbox 360S will eject your disk – which can lead to lots of unwanted consequences. I like the new touch enable design of the Xbox 360 Slim, but I vote that the eject button on the 360S take a few seconds to eject or that the 360S’s eject button not be touch at all.
Audio out using HDMI
In addition to buying a new router for my Xbox 360 Slim gaming system, I also went all out and bought some pretty spiffy 5.1 surround sound speakers for the Xbox 360S as well. The Xbox 360S came bundled with the standard Xbox 360 AV cables, but I wanted to use to get the best picture and audio possible with my new gaming system so decided to use an HDMI cable and route my audio through my awesome new speakers; there was just one problem, the Xbox 360S is designed to make this impossible. The Xbox 360S’s AV cables blocks its HDMI out port and in order to get RCA out – for audio – while getting the best video possible via HDMI, you’ll have to buy a $40 HDMI/RCA widget for the Xbox 360 – which I did.
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