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Feature packed device
on October 14, 2011
First thing first, I was part of the beta test program for this device and I received this device for free for testing purposes. My thoughts and opinion on this device are strictly my own based on my needs and use of the device and are non biased.
Now that that is out of the way I will say this is a great little feature packed device. It is packaged in a small form factor roughly 4X4 or 5X5 inches in size, has a HDMI connection as well as a port for Ethernet hookup. It's setup is rather fast and effortless, once you turn the device on for the first time you go through a series of screens to help you get the best streaming capabilities out of the device. One thing I like is that no matter what resolution your TV has, this device can output in any of them. I found that AUTO resolution worked best and this is great if you are unsure of the resolution of your TV as it will set it automatically for you. You can even setup the internet while on these main screens, you can choose wireless of direct connection with Ethernet cable. I have tried and used both and found that the connection is strong and doesn't require a lot of buffering when watching online content. Whichever connection method you choose, be aware that if you switch between sources really fast you need to allow and make sure the device connects to the internet if using wireless. There have been times when I do this and find that I cannot connect cause of dropped connection, so make sure you are connected.
This device allows you to connect to Netflix, Hulu +, Vudu, among others. There are games you can play, view online photos, even connect to facebook, making this a real all around media device. For those looking for a strictly streaming only device this is IMO one of the best, very fast and user friendly. But, if you are looking to connect to network devices then it is best to look at other netgear devices as this will not do it.
Even though I have received this device for free initially, I purchased 4 more of these devices because its very easy to use and allows us to stream content in almost every room of our house. I find this to be one of the best streaming devices and am happy to recommend this to others as well as family members.
On a side note, check out the remote application on the I-phone and Android market. You may find yourself using its remote more often than the one that came with the device as its much easier to use.