Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite


Video: HDMI 1.2 (1), proprietary audio/video out (1, component/composite video cable included)
Audio: HDMI 1.2 (1), digital optical (1), analog stereo
(1, both via included adapter)
Inputs: USB (3), memory unit slots (2), Ethernet (1)
Compatible Disc Formats: Xbox 360 and some Xbox games, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW; CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Compatible File Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, WMV, MPEG-4, QuickTime
Hard Drive Capacity: 120 gigabytes (removable)
(H x W x D, inches): 3.3 x 12.2 x 10.2
Weight (pounds): 7.7
Available Finishes: Black

Wireless controller, headset, hard drive, HDMI cable, proprietary high-definition/standard combo A/V cable, analog/digital audio dongle, Ethernet cable, AC power adapter

Ratings: Hitachi P42H401 Ultravision Plasma HDTV

Build Quality: 90 Good
• Same impressive construction, now in a sturdy black shell
• Still runs a little hot, but the big fans do their part

Value: 96 Excellent
• 120-gigabyte hard drive offers six times the capacity of the original
• HDMI cable? It's in there.

Features: 91 Good
• Free firmware update means it does more, does it better, and faster
• Integrated Xbox LIVE Marketplace puts a world of entertainment at your thumbs

Performance: 95 Excellent
• DVD upscaling over HDMI—from DVD tray or HD DVD drive—looks spectacular
• Still some of the best gaming graphics and sound around

Ergonomics: 94 Good
• The redesigned Xbox Dashboard speeds navigation of the many layers of interactivity
• Would I have preferred a built-in HD DVD drive? Who wouldn't?

Overall Rating: 94 Good
If you waited to buy the Xbox 360—holding out for, say, the upcoming Halo 3—take heart. The Elite is clearly the superior machine. Add another $200 for the HD DVD drive, and you have it all, without compromise.

General Information
Xbox 360 Elite, $480
(800) 4MY-XBOX

(800) 4MY-XBOX