Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 2nd-gen / MC572
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Michael T. Bengston "Financial GURU", Amazon
31 May 2012
Summary: The Apple TV has some good functions and a nice remote. The pros: *Good Picture *Good Packaging *Good Instructions *Breeze to set up *Airplay via iPhone is convenient The cons: *Spotty connection to my wi-fi which I know works fine due to other devices in my house *Long update times with not much option on how you would like this to occur *No Hulu Plus The main con is the connection drops off for the Apple TV frequently and it needs to be constantly restarted to have it...
Summary: I bought one of these Apple TVs and it works fine. I own Roku boxes and they offer so much more. The higher end Roku boxes have in addition to HDMI, AV cable if you travel using hotels, etc and you can plug AV cable and use USB flash drive where you can't with Apple TV. With Roku I can take plug in movies on USB Flash drive. Roku has a zillion free, (well maybe 350) and other optional channels.
Summary: Had I fully understood what was available via the Apple TV, I wouldn't have bought it. It's a good way to get YouTube stuff to your high def TV, and if you want to rent movies from Apple, I suppose that's good, too. The other free channels, though, are lack luster...kind of like the shopping channels are on cable. I had understood, my fault not theirs, that we would be able to get current network and cable TV shows without paying for cable or dish.
Summary: Pink screen on start-up. For some reason this AppleTV defaults to the wrong HDMI input and colors are messed up on my TV. I have a Sharp AQUOS tv and I would think the AppleTV would be able to figure out a major brand like Sharp. The documentation that comes with it is pretty much useless, so after scouring the internet I found a simple fix: Go to audio/video settings -> HDMI input -> and selecting RGB high. And it displays the right color scheme.
Summary: I have both the old version and just got this new apple tv to try AirPlay. I love my older one. This works well too. I listen to music and have my photos scrolling while I clean the house. Hint: if you want pandora. Do AirPlay mirroring from your touch or iPhone.
Summary: I'm not the biggest Apple fan around, but I was surprised how poor this was in comparison to the Roku 2. It worked good for AirPlay, but it does everything else poorly. It's only 720P, not a deal breaker for me but I feel they could have done better. The remote is tiny and infrared, which is fine unless you have a Mac nearby (you'll need to turn off IR on the Mac unless you want this to make your volume to go up and down while navigating the Apple TV.
Summary: I love Apple products, and I had high hopes for the Apple TV. We bought it mainly to stream netflix movies, but we found that it kept having many problems - whether connecting to the wireless or connecting to netflix or downloading the content from netflix. We had to repeatedly input passwords and just had to stop and start repeatedly. Finally, I gave up and tried a Roku player, and haven't had a single problem since day 1.
Summary: I have been scouring through the reviews and have not seen one review mentioning the overall quality via the wireless adapter built in. Don't get me wrong this product is great having all of my itunes being accessed over cloud, but the wireless adapter built in is absolutely horrid. I spend FOREVER on loading screens waiting for my tv show to load when my internet is perfectly fast to handle it.
Summary: It's by far not the powerful top-box praised by the media. The small box looks cool but not the tiny remote control. Just bought a 60$ Toshiba blue-ray dvd from costco, which can do much more than this little toy. Fans may like the store function but if you only want to watch real movies, cable companies provide superior quality and speed.
Great For Those that Love Apple, but Not For Everyone
Kate E., Amazon
28 January 2012
Summary: I just thought I'd add my 2 cents here. I was told that I was going to "love" this product since I have a Mac laptop. The truth is, I love the radio and rarely use iTunes and I don't download songs or movies online so homesharing on Apple TV wouldn't be all that exciting. Also, our TV is in the basement so I'm not going to turn the TV on to listen to music in our cold basement while doing something else because I only hang out down there to watch TV.