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Netgear EVA8000
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Netgear EVA8000

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Netgear EVA8000 Review - YouTube, Flickr, iTunes and more

21 March 2008
  • Conclusion: Powerful Network Multimedia Player supporting many formats, Internet video and photos and iTunes DRM playback
  • Pros: Supports playback of many video formats, Supports playback of YouTube and Flickr content, HDMI port (1080i)
  • Cons: Still has a number of bugs, User Interface needs work, GIF files not supported, YouTube, Flickr and iTunes features require Windows
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Overall 6

Netgear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000

PC Magazine
27 February 2008
  • Conclusion: Setting it up was a nightmare, the device crashed easily, and it isn't attractive, to boot. Still, when it's up and running, the product has an impressive feature set. If Apple TV is for the iPod-familiar, hands-off user, then the Netgear is for the patient, hands-on BitTorrent addict.
  • Pros: Very versatile media extender. Plays lots of DRM-protected files. Can access YouTube and Flickr over the Internet. Records TV via your computer. Plays content directly off USB drives.
  • Cons: Crashes more than Billy Joel. The complex setup process may prove tricky even for networking pros. Interface graphics and device itself are ugly. No hard drive. Can't auto-update its media library.
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Overall 7

Review: Netgear Digital Entertainer EVA8000

23 October 2007
  • Excerpt: This bulky box sends all kinds of media from your PC to your TV — even protected iTunes and Windows Media music. Unfortunately, standard-def video stuttered like a nervous date when sent just one floor up across our 802.11g Wi-Fi network; we shudder to think what HD would look like.
  • Pros: Comes with HDMI and analog cables. Record and play TV shows (if your PC has a tuner). Streams Internet radio, YouTube, and Flickr galleries.
  • Cons: Nearly as large as a cable box. Ugly interface is no match for Apple TV. Queued media starts slowly. Doesn’t auto-update when you add media to your PC.
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Review: Netgear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000

18 August 2007
  • Conclusion: Netgear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000 has a lot of potential and when the bugs are worked out I think it will be a very useful product. At this point it is about 80% functional and 20% annoying. I think Netgear has a long way to go, but most of it is with user interface and incomplete features.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

The Age
18 December 2008
  • Excerpt: Netgear's Digital Entertainer HD acts as a bridge between the study and the lounge room, putting your multimedia files on your television and stereo system. The EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD looks like a slimline DVD player and comes with a remote control, but there's no optical drive at the front,...
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Overall 7

Expert Review

1 August 2008
  • Conclusion: While improved since we last saw it, the interface is nowhere near as clean as Windows Media Center, Apple TV, or even XBMC -- although it is generations ahead of Zensonic's Z500.
  • Pros: Fiddly set-up process, Slow start-up and laggy interface, No 802.11n support
  • Cons: Extensive file format support, YouTube and Flickr browsing, Plays purchased (DRM) music, Supports streaming HD from PC to TV
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Overall 9

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
15 February 2008
  • Summary: This media streaming device is cable of streaming videos, music, photos, even YouTube content. It's easy to set up and use, and should please anyone who's looking to broaden their home entertainment palette.
  • Pros: Can stream YouTube and Flickr content, music, videos and Internet radio stations; it's easy to set up and use; it has HDMI and component video output ports; it has digital audio output ports, it can play content purchased from the iTunes store
  • Cons: The aspect ratio had to be changed every time in order to watch videos on our 4:3 TV, it lacks 802.11 draft-n networking
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Overall 7

Netgear EVA8000

PC Authority
31 January 2008
  • Summary: The widest format support, plus flawless wireless streaming, put this among the best network players we’ve seen so far
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Overall 8

Netgear EVA-8000 review

TechRadar UK
26 September 2007
  • Summary: Has affordable networked multimedia come of age?
  • Pros: Picture quality Plenty of features Hi-def compatible
  • Cons: Compatibility issues No significant uPnP support
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Overall 8

Netgear EVA8000 review

29 August 2007
  • Summary: Like the KiSS 1600 from rival Linksys, the EVA8000 benefits from the fact that Netgear knows its way around a computer. Wireless wonder For starters, it’s really easy to get going and once hooked up will locate suitable networks in mere moments.
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