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Excellent machine... when it works
on 14 September 2007
Really happy with the system... apart from...
I'm on my 3rd unit (refurb, sent back to me after sending in my broken consoles to MS) and I don't expect it to live much longer than its predecessors.
They've all kept on top of a large entertainment unit, well away from the wall and completely un-enclosed in a room that never gets particularly hot. Yet I've suffered 2 failures on 2 machines. Currently on my third.
Such a shame, since it's a great machine. Good retail games and some real gems in the XBox Live Arcade (check out Space Giraffe and Boom Boom Rocket!). But it seems its design is simply flawed.
I got my first 360 at the end of January. 8 months later, I'm on the third. All told, I've been without a 360 for almost 2 of those 8 months waiting for MS to send a replacement. Not good enough.
I'll keep sending back consoles as and when they die. In the meantime, I'm keeping an eye out for when the die-shrunk 65nm units get released. They'll run much cooler than the current version and so should be much more reliable. Word on the web is that even the 'Zephyr' 360's (known as the 'Elite' model) are still prone to failres. So it really is a case of waiting for the 'Falcon'-based 65nm systems which are apparently due towards the end of this year.