Deactivated and reformatted, old reliable has finally been traded in.
I am amazed at how much I got for the 60 gigger from GameStop. I haven't been following the prices online, but I am jazzed by the deal they gave me: $170 credit towards the purchase of the Super Slim. I also turned in some of games that I won't play any more under their limited +30% bonus credit special and ended up paying only $27 for the new PS3.
So far, the machine is working perfectly. PS+'s cloud storage transferred all 175 of my game saves (some games had multiple saves) without issue. The cooling in the new unit has a hushed whisper when you put your ear near it, but at normal ranges it is audibly undetectable. The sliding lid works decently for it does, but I still liked the old way better. I already plugged in my media, registered my BlueTooth gadgets and accessories, and am now dloading a ton of PSN stuff. Synching the trophies is taking a loooooooong time since it has to bring over every single one to me from scratch.
One thing is for sure; even though I have a new PS3 and changed internet service providers in the last six weeks or so, I still can not get any Amazon HD video to load up (the error message says it can't check the speed of my connection). It is obviously a Amazon app issue. I think I will drop Amazon Prime early next year if it isn't fixed for me by then.
Update: I tried out some Tekken as my first Blu-ray software program. You can hear a windup whirr when all is quiet any time the drive initially accesses the disc. This wasn't an issue with the old system. I'll get used to it, but it can be jarring right now.
Update II: I tested a Blu ray movie (Ronin) and the only sound from the machine is a very soft whirr of the drive which isn't even noticeable in quiet scenes. I guess the drive is in constant motion when watching a flick on disc. BTW, I can't make any comparisons to the last few models since I have never used them.
If you are on the look out for a new machine cheap and have an older PS3 to trade, you might want to go to GameStop while the double trade-in credit promotion is still going (plus the extra 30% credit for used games and accessories. I doubt there will be a better deal to be found in 2012.