Pros:inexpensive, free hddvds!
Cons:requires xbox live for updates, no hdsound, limited library
The Bottom Line: Want to check out what HD is all about and don't want to spend $400 in a player? Try it, but make sure it justify the cost
I received this machine for Christmas, after numerous months begging my wife for one. It's too bad that HD DVD closed it's doors, because this machine was a great entry ticket into high definition movies.
Recommend this product?
At the time of purchase, our machine was $150 at Amazon.com, my wife also purchased me Transformers and 300, which were begging to be view in HD in the first place! Both movies were excellent, the player came with a Xbox360 remote control, which works for the player and streaming videos, the box also came with King Kong HDDVD. With the UPC and the offer at the time, we also received a no strings attached 5 free HDDVD, which we received about 4 months later. With the format war decided, HDDVD prices have plummet due to everyone leaving the defeated format, which offers many movies new for less than their dvd counter-part.
The video is amazing, as with HD video. Video is the typical non-hd sound, since the machine isn't capable of transfering the sound into the X360. HD DVd also offers live video and some excellent features, such as watching the movie 300 without all the fancy CGI graphics, which answered a lot of my curiosity of "How did they do that?"
I still believe the format is good for those who wants to dip their toes into HD and see what the movies have to offer, but don't want to cough up the $400 for a PS3 as a blu-ray player, which entry as low as 10-20 dollars for the machine these days, and HDDVDs as low as 5-10 dollars, a large collection could be had for under 200 dollars, as my own collection of 12 movies cost me less than 100 dollars
One note is that many newer HDDVD requires your Xbox360 to be connected to Xboxlive, as the player requires updates in order to play them.