Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 2nd-gen / MC572
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Apple TV (2nd Generation) Review
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
Summary: The Apple TV is an excellent streaming video box, especially for Apple fans who will use AirPlay and the upcoming iTunes Match service, but it's missing a few key apps like Hulu Plus and Pandora.
Pros: The Apple TV lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes Store to your HDTV on a pay-per-view basis, with purchases stored in the cloud for future on-demand access. It offers Netflix and a handful of other online video, audio, and photo services, and can stream content from any iOS device or computer running iTunes. Apple TV's user interface is the best of its kind.
Cons: The competing Roku 2 offers more streaming services, including Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and Pandora. The new AirPlay mirroring feature seems cool, but doesn't currently have much practical use. And the upcoming Roku LT will offer much of the same streaming functionality for half the price. Apple TV won't work with older, pre-HD TVs.
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
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.
Ars reviews the Apple TV 2.0: little, black, different
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.
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.
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
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.
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.