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  • Game library Pretty large, 1st gen xbox games was slowly being compatible at first release and arcade games was also increasing with time. good
  • Graphics Released when PC was releasing some good games that can do some great anti-aliasing while this obviously showed jagged edges. Still great improvement from 1st. so-so
  • Controller(s) Far much better than previous gen. and nice to have both wired and wireless option. good
  • Design and form factor It was very unique when released which had a matching UI. Ever since the recent updates it slowly did not match the shape of the console. so-so
  • Other features (media, online, etc.) Games, online multiplayer, Zune/Last.Fm/CD Music/DVD player (oh and the forgotten HD-DVD)/Netflix, Facebook/Twitter, and also Windows Media Center. great!
  • Noise Though it has quite down ever since the games can be installed in the hard drive, this is still pretty loud compare to PS3. awful!
Detailed review
Loved this device especially with the LIVE ability and achievement points. Did not liked that I got the RROD but they did offer for others the option to get it fixed. The faceplate option was cool but rarely would one want to replace it when most options are tacky or wouldn't match with everything they own in the living room. Pretty cool to have a hard drive on the top/edge but getting it in and out was slightly annoying. Disc reading was really noisy.