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Apple TV 2nd-gen / MC572

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Apple TV (2nd Generation) Review

The Gadgeteer
3 July 2011
  • Excerpt: I used to think my cable box offered all the programming I needed.  As cable prices keep rising, I’ve come to the conclusion that those multi-media boxes and an $8/month subscription to Netflix are a better deal.  While I haven’t gotten rid of cable yet, I have pared down some of the programming from Time Warner.  I’m using the Logitech Revue with Google TV in my living room for watching Netflix, but I wanted a smaller box to put with my second TV.
  • 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). It’s a simple and easy device, going for a cool $99, its definitely an affordable luxury.
  • 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. The original model required you to sync with your computer but, the latest Apple TV (ATV2)—which is less than half the size of its predecessor—only streams content.
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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? The Roku is a much more open platform than the Apple TV—this much you probably already know.
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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?” Apple must have read our minds (or done their market research) because the newly redesigned Apple TV 2nd Gen model eliminates storage concerns while adding features, and at a lower price point.
  • 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 802.11b, g, or n
  • Cons: HDMI cable not included., $3.99 per HD movie, $.99 per HD TV show may be steep for some.
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Apple TV review (2010)

29 September 2010
  • Pros: Killer pricing, Video and audio quality is excellent, Elegant, simple interface
  • Cons: Content selection is limited, Doesn't allow purchases, Can only network via Apple Home Sharing
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Overall 8

Apple TV 2: an Australian perspective

4 July 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 out of the ‘hobby’ box. It didn’t help that a good portion of the shipment headed to Australia was delayed last week .
  • Pros: Tiny; cheap; responsive; great streaming performance
  • Cons: Limited content from iTunes; HDMI only
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REVIEW: Apple TV 2.3

4 July 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. This means that the AppleTV can only be used to rent and stream video now, as there’s no way of buying and permanently storing anything on this model.
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Overall 6

Apple TV (2nd generation, late 2010) review

Macworld UK
24 October 2010
  • Excerpt: The original Apple TV , announced in 2006 and released in early 2007, was Apple’s first take on providing media streaming to the living room. Four years and three software updates later, the Apple TV remained just a ‘hobby’, to use the word repeatedly uttered by Apple executives to describe the product. With the release of the second-generation Apple TV, Apple has dramatically changed the technology while also redefining the product’s target audience.
  • 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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