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After Two Years of Use - A Swing and a Miss for Apple,
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This review is from: Apple TV MB189LL/A with 160GB Hard Drive (Electronics)
Firstly, I will admit here, I am a HUGE Apple fan. I truly love their products, own a lot of them, and am quite impressed and satisfied with most of them. At the top of my list of Apple disappointments, however, would be the AppleTV. In theory, it is a great concept... if only it performed as advertised. On the positive side, the AppleTV has great picture and sound quality, though you should note output is 1080i, not full 1080p. Not a big deal to me, but some purists might want to know. The user interface is easy to understand, and is attractive displayed on your HD flatscreen TV. However, there are a few too many major negatives for me to be able to wholeheartedly recommend this product. Here's a list of the negatives associated with the AppleTV after two years of use.
1) The interface is insufferably sluggiush and laggy at times. Especially when accessing a large music library or when syncing, this thing can be painfully slow to respond to your commands. You'll click a button and wait 20-30 seconds for a response from the unit. Not at all acceptable. Not one bit. This is my biggest complaint with the AppleTV.
2) It only performs as advertised if you have a small music library. If your music library is big, syncing your library to the AppleTV is incredibly, horribly, painfully slow and streaming your content isn't really an option because it takes forever to load all of the artist and track information for a big library. You're much better off syncing a small select playlist to your AppleTV for listening, but do NOT in any way expect to upload or stream a large music library. This thing just can think or communicate quickly enough to make it work well. The bigger your library, the more laggy it performs.
3) I can find no way to shut the gosh darn thing off. I think when it goes on "standby" it simply turns off the video output. The thing stays warm to the touch around the clock unless you pull the plug out of the wall. A power button is a very strange omission in my opinion.
4) It runs quite warm, with no internal fan for cooling. So, it is not suitable for use inside unvented or already hot a/v cabinets. You also can't stack anything on top of it or I think it's bound to overheat.
All in all, if all you are doing is streaming from the internet and syncing a small music library - this might work for you. But in my book, this is the only Apple product I regret purchasing. I would wait until the next generation of Apple TV is released, with more RAM, and a better design. Two years on now, the new version can't be too far behind.