Xbox 360 review

The Xbox 360 Slim is an all-new console with the latest update

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Compare the noise of the new Xbox 360 to the Elite and the PS3 Slim:

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Sound recordings were made six inches from the front of each of the three consoles. Results should only be used by way of comparison.

White noise

Perhaps the biggest improvement over the older console is actually an intangible one – the system's operating sound. The quieter disc drive is coupled with a single larger internal cooling fan instead of three smaller ones as before, resulting in a stealthier console.

This is made possible by using a slimmer, more power efficient 45nm CPU with integrated GPU. With less power being generated by the processing chip, the console is able to run cooler, with a quieter fan. The difference is night and day.

When there's no disc in the tray the console is totally inaudible. Fire up a game and the drive's rapid read speed still inevitably makes sound, but it's more of a gliding 'whoosh' than the whirring sound of the motor.

Take a look at the video clip above to get some idea of how the noise of the new Xbox 360 compares against the original model and also the PS3 Slim.


Instead of the fat top-loading hard drive of the old console, Microsoft has now hidden a more compact hard drive case in a slot accessed on the underside of the console (underside when stood vertically, that is).

To extract it you must remove the hatch covering and pull on a flimsy tag on the top of the drive, which does not seem like a good idea to us at all. If there's one thing on this new Xbox we can see breaking, it's this tag.

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New controller

As with the other Xbox 360 consoles, the new 250GB model comes with one wireless controller. Aesthetically, it's slightly different to the one that shipped with the 360 Elite.

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The grey trim is replaced with glossy black, while the round silver Xbox button is now glossy silver rather than matte and the thumbsticks are black instead of grey.


Tech Specs

Product TypeGaming Console
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Wireless LANYes
Product FamilyXbox 360 S
Gaming Controller ConnectivityWireless
Brand NameMicrosoft
Input Device TypeGame Pad
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Graphics Memory Capacity512 MB
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Product SeriesS
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product ModelRKH00006
Product NameXbox 360 S RKH00006 Gaming Console
Product LineXbox 360
Manufacturer Part NumberRKH00006
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The new Xbox 360. Here today, ready for tomorrow with a brand new, leaner machine in an all new black gloss finish. Wi-Fi is built-in for easier connection to the world of entertainment on Xbox LIVE, where HD movies and TV stream in an instant. It's ready for the controller-free experiences of Kinect-you don't just play the game, you are the game. With the huge hard drive you'll have plenty of space to store your favorite games and movies. Xbox 360 is more games, entertainment. and fun.