I'm writing this in the hope someone will be able to offer me some advise on a possible purchase that I'm considering.
As the title states, the item in question is an Xbox 360 Review Kit. At first glance, I was able to identify that it's a very early model, a fact verified by a small sticker on the back dating it to late 2005. Additionally, another sticker branded it a "Reviewer Kit". The only other thing I noted was that it lacked an HDMI port which backed up the assumption it's a really early model.
The seller claims not to have used it for more than a couple of week after receiving it, so all pointers suggest it's in relatively good condition, though lacking anything other than the main unit itself and the HDD.
So, my questions are as follows:
1. Assuming the seller is reliable and the kit has hardly been used, can I consider this a "safe" purchase? I mean, with all the RRoD problems associated with old-style 360's, do you think this one is likely to last a while?
2. I seem to recall reading somewhere that non-retail units require special power supplies and won't run properly otherwise. Is this true, and if so, what exactly do I need to look for? I took a brief look at the PSU connector and it looked just like a normal retail one...
3. I've tried to work out a reasonable price, but have so far come up with nothing more than some figures based on sales in the marketplace here and one or two testimonials from elsewhere stating how much people paid. Could anyone give me a rough idea of a "good" offer to make this person? He seems reasonably open on this matter, but I really have no idea where to begin the negotiations.
4. The final, and perhaps most general, question. What can I do with this unit that I can't with a retail machine (stock, or flashed, etc.). I mean, since it doesn't come with any software, will that limit its functionality in any way? The main reason I'm considering it is due to a moderately-sized collection of review/preview and non-final builds of Xbox 360 games I've amassed over the years.
Thanks in advance for any help on this matter. I wasn't sure if this was the right place for a thread of this nature, so Mods, feel free to shift it as required.