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4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty device, November 3, 2011
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I'm no uber-techie so I can't get into a lot of detail on this as far as specs etc go. But as a user I can give you what I think.

1) Good: this thing was really easy to set up - it's small, light and unobtrusive. Hooking it into my WiFi was no problem and getting my Netflix account set up was easy as pie.

2) Bad: The remote is comfortable, but the buttons are annoying as heck to work. Many times you have to hold the button down for a while before it reads it. The buttons are also very raised so you have to push them WAY down for it to read them.

3) Good: the Netflix menus are set up like on the PS3 rather than the Xbox, which is MUCH better. This little device has taken the load of my PS3 which was running several hours of Netflix per day.

4) Good: Plays youtube on my TV... not that Youtube is great or something I would want to spend many hours watching... but there are some great things on there that are more convenient on the TV.

5) Bad: if the power goes out, everything that you put in - all of your account information etc, has to be re-entered. This is where the remote gets annoying, when you are putting in your Netflix account for the third time and have to type it out with that remote... Grrr

6) Good: plays movies off of our 3 different multi-TB HD's. These movies are in various formats and are all nicely compiled in folders. After a rather long load time, they play perfectly. This is much better than hooking my laptop into the TV and fighting to get the audio right.

7) Bad: Everything was going wonderfully for a week until today - when the box did a firmware upgrade - now it is having difficulties playing netflix while the hard drives are still hooked into it. Once we removed the hard drive and rebooted it, netflix was able to play again - for now. (update was on 11/3/11)

On the whole I think this is a very good device. I wish it played Amazon Prime Videos, and I wish I could turn the power off to it and have it save my account information, and I wish it had a better remote. Other than that I really like it.
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2011 5:47:02 AM PST
Robert Stone says:
Instead of using the remote to enter account information, hook up your keyboard to the front USB port and type away. I use a cheap Dynex wireless keyboard and it works great from across the room.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011 9:08:53 AM PST
Ravenskya says:
Thank you, that's what we ended up doing the last time I had to set it back up due to a power outage. Having only laptops, it required some digging to find a keyboard, but was well worth it to not have to use the remote to reprogram it again

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 1:58:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2011 11:46:04 AM PST
KJ says:
When the power goes out you have to re-enter account info? Seriously? What century is this? Sound like a good unit but that's a show stopper for me. All my gear is plugged into a power strip and turned off when not in use.
12/22/2011 Bought the unit anyway and found Netflix and other account info is saved even when the unit is powered off. Good news, because entering login info on the remote is painfully slow.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 11:08:19 AM PST
Rick Adams says:
At 4) you wrote that it plays YouTube on your TV, so I assume it plays Vimeo also???

I thought I read someone else's review stating it does not play internet videos, just certain subscription sites like Netflix. May I ask again, it does play YouTube, Vimeo etc. ?? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 2:45:02 PM PST
Ravenskya says:
I didn't see a built in link for Vimeo but I don't see why it wouldn't be capable of playing it

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 8:01:17 AM PST
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