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.
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.
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.
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,...
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
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.