Want to argue with me? Come with proper facts and some logic to argue your case or I’ll make you cry and send you home a loser.
Oof. Look at all the would be job applicants that just retracted their resumes – I’m not talking about a work argument… believe it or not I’m far more willing to compromise and accepting of different points of view at work. This is about some all-too-typical fanboy crap.
For example, consider the 120GB Xbox 360 Hard Drive upgrade and it’s suggested retail price…
A lot of people have been mumbling about the MSRP of the 360’s new 120GB drive, since it’s currently $180 [for the sake of ease, I’m rounding $179.99 to $180 – work with me on this].
The first reaction is “zOMG!!!1!11 THAT”S S0 MUCH!” often followed by “HO SHVIT! I CAN GET M0GAM0 BYTES FOR THAT! 500GB for 109!!!1!121”.
Yes, if you go to CompUSA or Fry’s or the like, you will see a 500GB drive for under $180. But how does that compare to the 120GB HDD in question?
The 120GB HDD accessory for the 360 is a Serial ATA 2.5″ 120GB hard drive. The drive above is either Parallel or Serial ATA and certainly 3.5″. Fact: 2.5″ inch drives aren’t available at 500GB. The “common” cap at this point is 160GB – I’ve heard of 200GB coming soon, but since the 2.5″ 160GB is more than a 3.5″ 500GB drive already, it’s a moot point.
What the hell are people talking about a drive for if you can’t even use it on the system in question?
And there’s the problem: people are panicking about something that they shouldn’t be panicking about. Apple and Oranges, neh? I could get a really sweet V8 engine on the cheap but if it won’t physically fit in my Jeep, what does it mean? Nothing! It’s like trying to convert country music to French.
So lets look at it another way, by comparing bytes to bytes:
2.5″ 120GB SATA 5400rpm drive, OEM packaging from NewEgg: $90
Now consider retail packaging, i.e. you go to CompUSA: $130
Add to that an external enclosure w/ wire, NewEgg has a bunch: $30 on average
You’re now at $160. Also, as part of the new drive’s price, you get some sort of transfer software. I don’t know if that means a PC process, an Xbox disc, or what have you: it just means that there’s another feature in the overall package that has some price involved. $20 worth? If it means I don’t lose my saved games and Gamertag, I’d pay $50, but fine… say it’s a gimmie and call it $5.
This brings the estimates price of a comparable HDD solution to $165.
Now then. If you’d like to complain about the gap between this solution and the 360 accessory, by all means have at it. Will I argue it? No, because I think the transfer software makes up for the gap in hardware, but that’s just my opinion. Besides, as it stands now, it’s a $15 doller difference, which is at best 5 lattes. And I don’t even need the space: I’ve still got all of the sample data on my HDD with 8+ GB free – I don’t leave downloaded videos knocking around any more than I do on my DVR. One of those OCD things, I guess *g* Would I leave stuff on the drive if I had room, though? Probably. It would be a nice to have.
But at least make this your argument, using the proper technology when making comparisons. Otherwise it turns into a chronic case of mental masturbation and personally, I don’t have the time.
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