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This console is also much lighter than before, weighing in at around .kg, compared to the 3.kg of the original Xbox 360. Its light weight, combined with its new plastic casing, means the 360 Slim feels slightly cheap when you hold it in your hands. But this device belongs under your telly, and is designed to be ogled, not manhandled, so its more important that it looks the business which it does.

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Were pleased with the high storage capacity of the new 360. Previously, 0GB was a storage capacity reserved for a certain configuration of the 360 Elite, retailing at 0, and for theSony PlayStation 3 Slim, which sells for closer to 300. In this respect, the new Xbox offers reasonably good value for money. Youd have to be a really hardcore download addict to burn through all that storage space.

The BadCooling n in power brick; no HDMI cable included; chassis collects fingerprints like nobodys business.

One of the Slims most arresting visual features is the angular dent that runs diagonally across its body. The consoles styling reminds us ofKITTfromKnight Rider, and we like how the n vents have been incorporated into the design uniform gaps in the casing spread out across the machines body. Chrome trim on the bottom and top of the machine completes the 0s look. While we can see the consoles styling iding opinion among gamers, we admire Microsoft for giving the new Xbox 360 a distinctive and unique appearance.

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The matte plastic weve come to associate with the Xbox 360 is gone, replaced by some of the glossiest black plastic weve ever seen. It looks absolutely ntastic, and will certainly catch your eye, but we found that it picks up fingerprints like an obsessive forensic scientist. Handling this console for a minute or two will leave its mirrorlike suce looking decidedly less pristine.

Theres one more cosmetic touch that we really appreciate the power button and eject key are now touchsensitive, rather than mechanical, and each one issues a satisfying chime to let you know youve pressed it. This console is also incapable of lling victim to thered ring of deaththat plagued so many Xboxes in the past, because Microsoft has removed the red LEDs from the front of the machine. As to whether ilure rates will remain as high as they have with previous versions, only time will tell.

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The Xbox 360 Slim boasts that itsKinectready on the box. Microsofts upcoming Kinect motionsensor peripheral will work with any Xbox 360, but, due to a power discrepancy, if you want to use Kinect with older models, youll need to plug it into both the 360 itselnda wall socket. If youre using the new 0GB model, you need only plug Kinect into the console, and itll happily sip its power directly from the Xbox itself.

If youd told us ten years ago that Microsoft would one day be arguably the biggest player in the videogame universe, wed have kicked you in the shins, and called you a darned liar. But thats the situation were ced with today.

Looks ntastic; slimmer and lighter than previous models; very little n noise; great value for money.

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Microsoft has given itsconsoles design a pretty radical overhaul, significantly slimming down the tower, which now measures 0 by 0 by 60mm. Thats not radically slimmer that the original 360, which was 3mm wide, but shaving off a few centimetres all over really makes a difference. This console will slot into the Tetrislike array of homeentertainment gadgets under yourtellywith considerably more ease than previous versions.

The included black wireless controller has us drooling too. We were never huge ns of the white controller and its nasty habit of picking up endless quantities of grime and dirt. While were sure this black version will pick up just as much filth, we wont be able to see it and thats a crucial difference.

The Bottom LineMicrosofts Xbox 360 Slim offers improvements over its predecessors in every area, with reduced n noise, a 0GB hard drive and great looks. Its really good value and, with the brilliant selection of HD games available for the platform, we think its the best console on the market today

Following on from the gobsmackingly popularXbox 360andXbox 360 Eliteconsoles, we have the Xbox 360 Slim model, also known as the Xbox 360 0GB and the Xbox 360 S. Its rocking a slimmeddown chassis and a host of new features, but, priced at around 00, does it solve the problems of previous versions?