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Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189
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Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189

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Overall 6

Review: Apple TV

23 October 2007
  • Excerpt: Apple’s cute little silver box bridges the gap between your PC and your home theater. It sets up in minutes and pipes iTunes music, videos, photos, and podcasts, as well as YouTube content, into the living room.
  • Pros: Blissfully easy to set up. Supports both wired and wireless network connections. Syncs automatically with iTunes. YouTube from the couch!
  • Cons: Teeny, underpowered remote is easily lost among sofa cushions. Requires a widescreen TV. Video looks a bit soft. No DVR capabilities.
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Overall 6

Apple TV

What Hi-Fi?
3 weeks ago
  • Conclusion: Not the future of television, but it sure is pretty
  • Pros: Good picture and sound, Lovely remote control, Good voice recognition, Cross-platform search
  • Cons: Expensive, Lacking apps
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Overall 6

Apple TV review

Macworld UK
31 January 2012
  • Excerpt: It may seem a little unfair to include the Apple TV here, and for once it’s not because Apple has an enormous market lead or even the best product in the category. Judged by its specification, the Apple TV is a very poor relation to the rest of the units we have on test here.
  • Pros: Can stream DRM protected content, cheap, great interface
  • Cons: No local storage, needs a Mac to be turned on and running iTunes to stream content
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Overall 6
Design 10
Value for money 6
Features 6
Ease of use 8

Apple TV

Gadget Guy
28 December 2009
  • Excerpt: The second generation of Apple’s video serving platform has arrived, three years after the original was released. Looking at it, you’d think the unit was born from a completely different family, so what’s changed?
  • Pros: Movies on-demand, made easy, Beautifully designed interface
  • Cons: No TV show rentals in Australia (yet), Some iTunes rentals more expensive via Apple TV, Infrared interference with Apple computers
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Overall 6

Apple TV (160GB)

11 June 2009
  • Summary: A decent media streamer, but the Apple TV's price tag and many flaws hold it back from greatness.
  • Pros: Capacious hard drive. Speedy streaming!
  • Cons: Unfriendly file compatibility. Expensive.
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Overall 6

Expert Review

21 May 2007
  • Conclusion: In the States, this may be a more immediately satisfying product, but the fact is that the Apple TV does very little and does so at a relatively high cost. The is only AU$50 more than this device and, when coupled to your Windows XP Media Centre or Windows Vista Premium PC, performs all the same...
  • Pros: Limited format compatibility -- no DivX, Lack of iTunes video content, Unable to make playlists, Limited onboard storage means PC or Mac needs to stay on, Cannot sync iPod
  • Cons: Well built, Great interface
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Overall 7

Festplatten-Streamer mit dem Apfel-Logo: Apple TV

13 June 2007
  • Summary: Der Festplatten-Streamer Apple TV ist angenehm einfach konzipiert und bietet eine ansprechende Benutzeroberfläche. Wenn Apple nun noch ein Software-Update für mehr Videoformate herausgibt und auch HD-Inhalte auf Itunes anbietet, wird das Produkt zu einem echten Knüller.
  • Pros: ansprechende Bedienoberfläche, einfache Einrichtung, elegantes Design
  • Cons: unterstützt nur wenige Videoformate, fehlende Inhalte zum Kauf auf Itunes, kein Surround-Sound
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