Summary: Only bought it because I found a good deal at $50. The only thing it has going for it is that it is a WMC extender. The delay from pushing a button on the remote to when something actually happens is truly something to behold. It takes so long, that sometimes you wonder if you actually pushed the button. So you push it again, then *all* your button presses get processed at once. Then you end up recording Dr. Oz. (Yuck!
Summary: If you have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center the metro will not play nice with this. It does not know how to handle it because it uses a Remote Desktop Connection. You can get live TV by hitting the Live TV button on the remote, Add your recordings library to videos to get them on the Servers Folder. Win 7 works OK as I understand.
Summary: HP X280N MediaSmart Connect Fairly easy to setup. I occasionally have trouble with losing connection between the computer and the TV when watching recorded shows. Don't know whether it's the computer or the router. Love the "guide" feature.
Summary: I bought this since I had hoped we are finally seeing a small, quiet, simple box that centralizes all the digital content in your home in a user-friendly way. It also seemed like a nice idea to reduce energy costs by using my loaded home server (located in my office) instead of having multiple systems in the house.
Summary: After about 6 hours on the phone over the space of several days with HP they were still unable to get this item to run on my system. I had to return the item to the seller and pay a restocking fee. I had to give the product a star to submit the review but given the choice I would not have given it any.
Summary: This product is great. With the wireless N connection, it takes all of the media files available on my computer and plays them on my Sony widescreen tv downstairs. The HP and Windows Media Center interfaces both work fine. I like to start music playing and then go to a picture folder to start a slideshow. It accepts files from a flash drive without any problems. I just purchased the HP 500 gig Pocket Media Drive to expand the MediaSmart's versatility.
Summary: I have had the MediaSmart Connect box for about a month now. It is good for connecting to Windows shares and playing most of the media types on my distributed hard drives. The hardware is very straight forward and the picture and sound quality are nearly perfect. The software however is quite cumbersome. The unit basically uses Windows Media Center. I would have perferred the much more flexible Media Player or even better Winamp.
Summary: this is a great vista media center extender! It is exactly what i have been looking for. Other reviews say it is a bit sluggish, but i found the hp media software portion is the sluggish bit. using it as a media center extender works very well! During installation, i did run into a couple of issues. If you use wireless, ONLY use wireless N. Using wireless g, is not fast enough and causes skipping and non-continuous play.
Summary: I was using an XBOX 360 as an extender device, but wanted something that was smaller and quieter for the bedroom. After researching all of the Media Center Extender devices, this one seems like the best choice. While it is the most expensive choice, it offers the ability to connect to Window Media shares directly which is something that the other extender devices on the market don't allow for.