Linksys DMA2200 Media Center Extender with DVD Review
22 September 2008
Conclusion: As a Media Center Extender, the Linksys DMA2200 does what it is supposed to do - it extends media playback from your PC or laptop directly to your electronic hearth - the home theater system or HDTV. This can be a boon for those who store large quantities of photos, music and/or video on a PC or home network and wish to access these assets from the convenience of the living room or home theater environment.
Pros: Delivers the elegance and functionality of Windows Media Center to the living room, Adds a DVD player, all in a single device, Compact design
Cons: Upconverting video performance brought no picture improvement to DVDs, Learning remote has limited effective range, Slow startup/restsart
Summary: In fact, aside from the wireless feature and the consumer-electronics formfactor, there’s not a whole lot here that would lead us to recommend the DMA2200 (or even the cheaper, driveless DMA2100, for that matter) over Microsoft’s gaming console—especially if you’re into games. Streaming 1080p video on a wireless network is compelling; being forced to use Vista to do it isn’t.
Pros: Dual-band 1080p streaming with built-in DVD player; wide format support.
Cons: Vista-only; not much reason to pick one of these over an Xbox 360.