Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189
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yet another "me too" device
5 May 2013
Summary: Apple TV is a ok choice if you are starting with nothing. ( No smart TV, No wifi Blueray player, No PS3/Xbox/etc. No a/v receiver) Chances are that you already have some device that can already do most of what apple tv does. (netflix, hulu, youtube etc. are all available in other web based devices like bluray players, a/v receiver, or gaming systems; You WILL need one of these anyway to complete your system) Apple TV offers very little over these other required...
Pros: apple logo on box, airplay integration.
Cons: another box with wires/connections that is really redundant and not needed in any decent av system
Summary: I'm a recent apple converted person (iPhone and MacBook) I decided to give the apple tv a try at a friends suggestion. I am a service member stationed in Japan so I can't access things like netflix. Further, there is compatability issue with my JVC TV in that the screen cycles on/off. It is a nuisance but I basically have to start the apple TV in the right port setting each time I want to watch it. If I switch the signal port and back I have to start all over (reset).
Summary: This product only works with 2011 or newer Macs. Incompatible with all other versions,like mine. That was not clearly stated in this ad. Only deep digging at the Apple Store garnered the critical info. Also,concerning the "money back guarantee", well, $10 was deducted "for my convenience" for the return label. So, it ended a 90% to me and not the stated 100%. I would have done better buying locally. Be sure to read the fine print before ordering.
Summary: I'm an Apple fan. I have owned two desktops, an Airport, four iPods, and and iPhone. This product is just not ready for prime time. But it makes a really nice, warm, $300 doorstop. Here's my setup, DSL line to Airport base station, over wireless, to Apple TV. (Note: I later added a Cat 5 wire between the Airport and the Apple TV, and performance only improved marginally.) 1.
Tuned for the Test Drive, Disappoints in real life
M. Hill, Amazon
6 August 2007
Summary: I would like to preface my negative review by saying that I'm a die-hard apple freak and apple stockholder, so I'm not some random PC shill here to bash without reason... That being said, I could summarize my experience with AppleTV by saying: The interface is stunning, and it will impress the masses, but it has a number of fatal flaws that will make a Mac Mini or laptop a better (and more costly) option for the high-end, professional type discriminating user like...
Excerpt: Having received the 160GB model of the Apple TV as a Christmas present, I have found it to be a reliable and polished experience, allowing my television to become a hub for more than just standard televised viewing or films. The ability to rent or purchase directly from the iTunes store to my Apple TV is of great benefit although does bring with it the temptation to be rather click happy and purchase more shows that I can afford.
Pros: Excellent picture and sound quality Ease of use The ability to rent and download movies directly General Apple build quality
Cons: Prehaps a little over-priced considering there is only a 160GB hard-drive
Summary: I dont know how anyone can possibly say this is easy to set up. Unless they are very technical. I regard myself as reasonably ok with technology but this is just so hard to set up with your network. that together with the fact that you just keep getting a blank screen for no reason make it just quite frankly neither worth the money or the hassle, DOnt bother
Summary: Apple has done it again! They've turned up late on a scene where a handful of companies are already making decent products with their own inferior take on it but packaged in a pretty little box. Remember the original iPod's technical problems and woeful battery life? This little fella has a few problems of its own.
Summary: For a product that promises to bring everything together on your TV, one can't help but think it a bit of an undersight not to allow you to watch TV..on your TV. This entire £200 box, for all that its worth, basically allows you to plug your iPod into your TV, so you can listen to music and watch video on it. Oh and there's a wireless function so you can sync it up with iTunes on your PC...if you already have a wireless network in your house.
Summary: Apple are set to release the new Apple TV, in an effort to bring entertainment on your computer into your living room. This is a very attractive idea, and from the pictures above a very attractive product. There are, however, two problems, one minor and one major. First, we Brits are used to being ripped off on prices but it is a little much that we have to pay £50 more than the americans especially when we pay more for downloads on itunes in the first place.