I think people are having their judgement clouded by their personal situation, but I suppose thats why its a vote...
disc scratching, all cd consoles have had this issue to an extent, so thats just the way it is with high speed spinning objects, working at a games store i say plenty of ps1 and ps2 disks that had been scratched like this.
limited media formats, this will not affect the vast majority of consumers, it plays mp3 and dvd. Wmv is nice and DivX would have been great and it still could be, so this to me is not terminal as it can always be fixed with no affect on consumers.
Over priced addons, yes the wifi adaptor is alot, but thats down to marketing believing they can squeeze that much cash out of you, and again it can be lowered without a problem.
noise,.... well this was close for me, it is alot but then I dont think its really more than other consoles, the only difference is the dvd is always at full speed so it seems louder, if that makes scence, I think as a level its on par with others but as a percentage of time at its maximum its there a hell of alot more than others.
headset... seemed fine to me for an included accessory, mine is a liitle faulty but all my friends work perfect so no real complaints.
gold fee, you get what you pay for, plus ebay is great for cheap scratch cards.
dpad... it was never going to be a saturn pad, so always inferior
second to worst decision, no HD, now this i think was bad, personally I think as hd-dvd is so close to dvd and its selling points are the small cost to move to it, I think its crazy they did not go ahead with this, they aimed the rest of the 360 at HD, I think the 360 was just that fraction too early, there where not HD players I dont think at that time so it would have ment delaying the 360 and they knew they could do an external solution, so the real crux here is no HD in the elite and no hdmi on the original.... it was just to early and hdmi is not 100% needed so its a forgivable sin if the above where better.
But the no.1 main weakness was the lack of HDD. They claimed they dont need the storage because compression techniques will overcome the space limitations, now that is true, but because of memory limits would it not have been better to then have a HDD on all systems so that this highly compressed data could be preloaded / decompressed somewhere to reduce to load on the system..... This I feel is the worst design flaw as because they have sold systems without a hdd developers cannot presume there is one, so no change now will change the fact that a hdd might not be present, and I cant see m$ allowing games that require a hdd to pass certification.