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Apple TV 2nd-gen / MC572
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Apple TV (2nd Generation) Review

The Gadgeteer
3 July 2011
  • Conclusion: UPDATE (Jan 2015) : I updated the Apple TV on my 65″ HDTV in the living room to the 3rd generation model. I’m still using the 2nd-gen Apple TV on the smaller HDTV in my bedroom.
  • Pros: Gives access to Internet programming (iTunes, Netflix, etc), Very easy to set up, Lets you access content on computers and iPods/iPhones/iPads on your local network, Tiny form factor lets it fit in cramped spaces
  • Cons: Doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard for entering account info and passwords, No HDMI cable provided - and you MUST have an HDMI cable to use it
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Hands On Review: Tune In to Apple TV 2nd Generation

15 April 2011
  • Conclusion: The Apple TV’s amazing little size and great connectivity power makes is the best in its class, and we highly recommend it for your home theater experience (provided you don’t have an XBOX 360 where you can already watch Netflix and Zune contents).
  • Pros: Tiny, sleek, quality hardware (feels solid), Quick and painless setup and ease of use, Response user interface and fast network streaming, High-quality content and responsive HD streams, Large library of content in iTunes store, Low power consumption and eco footprint
  • Cons: Limited video codec support, Feels too tethered with iTunes, Limited 99-cent rentals (needs larger library and studio support), Max resolution of 720P lags behind Blu-ray
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Features 9
Performance 9
Ergonomics 9

Apple TV 2

Sound & Vision Magazine
14 April 2011
  • Excerpt: Getting content from our computers to the home’s main entertainment hub is like the Holy Grail. Some manufacturers have achieved it for a high price; others have achieved it poorly for a reasonable price. In the Apple ecosystem, Apple TV has allowed simple, inexpensive iTunes integration for years.
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Ars reviews the Apple TV 2.0: little, black, different

Ars Technica
4 October 2010
  • Conclusion: We had a brief opportunity to play around with a Roku XDS in order to compare our impressions of both devices. You already read our physical comparisons, but many readers indicated on Twitter that they would like our thoughts on software differences as well, and who are we to disappoint?
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Review: Apple TV MC572LL/A 2nd Gen (2G) Unboxing & Hookup

1 October 2010
  • Conclusion: We’d always considered the original Apple TV to be a bit of an odd duck. “Another hard drive to manage and back up? What happens when I run out of room on my Apple TV? It has a hard drive but isn’t a DVR?
  • Pros: Only two physical connections needed to operate (HDMI, power), New form factor runs cool and quiet., Remote App allows for total control of Home Sharing and Apple TV., YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe, Netflix integration., Advanced connectivity options via Optical Audio, Ethernet (10/100BASE-T), Wi-Fi ...
  • Cons: HDMI cable not included., $3.99 per HD movie, $.99 per HD TV show may be steep for some.
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Overall 8

Apple TV 2: an Australian perspective

6 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Apple’s first real update to its ‘iPod for TV’ since it was first announced four years ago (save for a minor hard-drive size bump) has just begun shipping around the world. The device was announced around a month ago , and has been hotly awaited since, in the hope that Apple has taken the Apple TV...
  • Pros: Tiny; cheap; responsive; great streaming performance
  • Cons: Limited content from iTunes; HDMI only
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REVIEW: Apple TV 2.3

6 August 2011
  • Excerpt: I know, Apple TV has been around for a while now. And I know, Steve Jobs considers Apple TV a mere ‘hobby’, but, I’ve got two of them at home and the truth is, just been you and me, I couldn’t live without them.
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Overall 4
Design 8
Features 4

Apple TV 2nd Generation review

Home Cinema Choice
5 June 2011
  • Excerpt: The new-look AppleTV replaces the original 2007 model. It’s smaller than its predecessor, measuring a mere 3.9ins wide and deep, and just 0.9in high. The reduction in size – and price cut from £200 to £100 – was made possible by removing the hard disk.
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Overall 6

Apple TV (2nd generation, late 2010) review

Macworld UK
25 October 2010
  • Excerpt: The original
  • Pros: Small size, Low price, Runs cool, Solid 720p playback, Responsive interface
  • Cons: Limited rental content on iTunes, Home Sharing requires single iTunes account, Initial setup still requires tedious text input
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Overall 7
Value for money 5
Features 5
Ease of use 10

Apple TV (2nd gen)

PC Pro
19 October 2010
  • Conclusion: A device that bears all the hallmarks of Apple's immaculate hardware and interface design, but where's the content?
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