Today I managed to thoroughly test the Kinect and everything seems OK.
I couldn’t resist setting up a project and getting to know the libraries and the all-encompassing mess of inclusions it requires. After the customary headaches, I managed to get the PCL rolling and capturing a simple point cloud as you can see in the image caption (my first capture!). I also set-up a SVN repository for the coming weeks of work. Now I need to get used to a style of programming I’m not really comfortable with.