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I actually have two XBoxes/XBoxii/XBoxen; one is at The Farm, and the other is/was here at Castle Fox. The latter was a relatively recent acquisition, in that I bought myself an XBox Elite at the end of November.

Well, this morning it died on me after barely five weeks' service; not hugely impressed, although I have to credit Game with at least swapping it over for a new one with absolutely minimal fuss, and the new machine is about to be plumbed in once I've finished typing this post.

To be honest, I had my doubts about the old Elite; I'd mentioned to Colleague N that the dashboard seemed to ... stutter, when scrolling through different panes, and I'm sure that it was noisier and, well, coarser than the Farm-based 60GB machine I bought a year ago. So mebbe I was just landed with a dud.

Of course, google "red ring of death" +360 and you'll get a whole wealth of hits warning you how spectacularly unreliable the 360 is. I'm somewhat sceptical of such a dramatically bad picture, and was when I bought the original 360 in 2008; certainly, the launch incarnation of the console was appallingly bad, but the thing's design has been tweaked year on year, and reliability has supposedly improved markedly (depending upon who you listen to).

The 60Gb was a Falcon, whereas the Elite was a Jasper, supposedly the newest, and most reliable variant. So on my totally statistically significant sample of 2 consoles (out of, what, 34,000,000?), my preference is leaning towards the Falcon (which is a bit tough, since all the motherboards are now Jasper anyway).

Date: 2010-01-03 02:12 am (UTC)
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I hope the new one is better! It always is disheartening when something new goes belly-up.

Date: 2010-01-03 05:35 am (UTC)
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Well, that's a bummer! I had a lemon of a MacBook once, and it died in less than 6 months of use. Fortunately, it was simple enough for us to take in to um... the powers that be... and it was repaired, gratis, full motherboard replacement.


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