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Netgear EVA8000
5.2 out of 10

Netgear EVA8000

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Overall 6

Netgear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000

PC Magazine
5 April 2007
  • 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

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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