Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 2nd-gen / MC572
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So far underwhelmed
anastasiaig "anastasiaig", Amazon
8 January 2012
Summary: Got it, hooked it up. It took me a dozen trips back and forth to the den to figure out how to set up my wifi on the tethered iMac (So SOOO many steps, thank god for the internet). Once hooked up it does basically what it says it does. Buffering/Loading of videos takes far too long. I bought it so that I could do my workouts with the youtube videos I like.
Summary: I will stop short of writing a multi-page analysis as other have done. I purchased this as an open-box item for seventy bucks. I couldn't pass it up. I am cheap. I would never have purchased this for regular price given the availability of competing products like the Roku and other devices that have built-in streaming capability like some TVs and BluRay players. I love the GUI and AirPlay (which is what sold me on this device). I own several Apple products and like them.
Good product, but ease of setup varies by setup. Obviously.
Floyd Ian Slipp "Enthusiast", Amazon
15 June 2011
Summary: I bought the 2nd gen Apple TV after loooong research to turn up alternative devices that support one feature: accessing and playing the contents of my iPod through my home theater system. Oridginally, I had purhased a DLO HomeDock Deluxe, which had too many flaws to mention here. Actually, I mentioned all of them in my review of that product, which you may view if you desire via the 'See all my reviews' link.
Summary: I feel compelled to write a short review of the new Apple TV. Having owned the previous version and a Roku box, my hope was that this box would replace both, as the new Apple TV can do Netflix. I won't comment about the lack of storage, it's a drag, but for $99, it's OK. But the real problem with the device is the horrible implementation of Netflix. They tell you it's the best yet, but the Roku does Netflix much better.
Get Roku XDS at same price instead or Roku XD for $20 cheaper
28 November 2010
Summary: I have purchased both Apple TV as well as Roku XDS. Both are the same price and both are quite easy to use and provide access to some great content. However, once we purchased Roku, my girlfriend and I no longer have use for Apple TV. Why? Here are the key reasons for us: 1. Roku provides Hulu Plus, Apple TV does not. With Hulu Plus, you get access to lots of shows that Netlflix doesn't have available for online viewing. 2. Roku provides Pandora, Apple TV does not.
Summary: PROS *Low Power (less than 6 watts) *Compact *Good-looking UI *Netflix support (unlike previous generation AppleTV) *Remote App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch *Airplay (though basically we just have Airtunes functionality until iOS 4.2 comes out for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch). *Closed Captions (Content dependent) CONS *Lots of "Loading..." screens *No Local Storage! (must stream over Internet or via iTunes on PC/Mac using Home Sharing.
Summary: This is Apple to the core - excellent design and build - but to be honest quite shockingly for Apple UK customers, it is lacking content. These cloud-based media streaming devices live or die by their content. No BBC iPlayer, Last.fm for example. The ability to play music through your TV/amp from iTunes on your laptop and the use of a new function called Airplay persuaded me to part with my cash.
Summary: The positives: instant access to iTunes music, videos and photos in great size/quality on the tv screen, whether they're stored on computer, iPad or iPod; and YouTube access; and remote control of Apple tv via iPad or iPod. The mild negative: entering searches letter by tortuous letter is irritating via the remote.
Summary: Let me start by saying I am an Apple fan. I currently have a 3 year-old iMac, a new Macbook and 8 iPods of various ages and sizes. However, I am very underwhelmed by this latest Apple TV (2). It does well what I expect from Apple: 1. Extremely easy to set up and use. 2. Lovely User Interface. However I don't like: 1. No 1080P output. So you can't take advantage of your new Full-HD TV. 2. Restricted to .mp4, .m4v and .mov file formats.
Excerpt: J'avais un Apple TV première génération et là j'étais super contente, je l'ai revendu pour avoir le nouveau et bénéficier de air play avec ma tablette mais je m'en suis vite débarrassée pour racheter le premier car il stockait les photos et vidéos tandis que celui-ci doit impérativement être connecté au Mac et sur votre session. Si quelqu'un utilise le Mac, pas question de montrer vos photos alors il faut utiliser la tablette mais la aussi c'est lent...