Summary: Netgear developed a very good user interface that’s easily navigated from the couch using the full-featured remote control. The EVA9150’s onboard processor upscales digital photos and source video—including YouTube content—to 1080p for output through its HDMI port. But that only makes it doubly disappointing that we can’t use it to access Netflix or Amazon movies or network TV shows hosted on Hulu.
Pros: Dual-band 802.11n; strong codec and container support; 500GB hard drive included.
Conclusion: With a huge hard drive and excellent file support, Netgear's EVA9150 is a strong media extender, but its weakness with streaming video will likely be a deal-breaker for many.
Pros: Excellent file support. Intuitive user interface. Easy-to-use multifunction remote. HD-compatible. Several connectivity options. 500GB hard drive. Built-in YouTube, Flickr, Internet radio support.
Cons: Video streaming is very weak. Graphics are rather plain. Sometimes displays wrong album art. Pricey.
NETGEAR EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite Reviewed
14 August 2009
Conclusion: Disk-based Network Multimedia Player supporting many formats and Internet Video and photos without requiring a companion PC.
Pros: Hard drive buffering provides uninterrupted playback with almost any speed network, No computer required for YouTube, Flickr & other Internet content, Smooth 1080p / 24 playback, Improved remote with ability to control other devices
Cons: Internet video content limited to partners, User Interface still clunky in spots
Excerpt: Streaming standard-def movies from computers and remote hard drives to televisions has been old hat for years now. But for high-def connoisseurs looking to step up to the good stuff – pure 1080p digital content – extreme file size and bandwidth constraints have severely hampered streaming and storage.
Pros: Handles wide array of file formats; easy setup, for the most part; 500GB of internal space; clean menu system; decent remote
Cons: Some software installation woes; loaded with bugs and glitches; unintuitive audio player; slow photo viewer; not enough documentation for less intuitive features
Excerpt: The EVA9150 is the successor to the EVA8000, which won a Best Buy award in our last group test. The new model has some significant improvements, including an easily accessible 500GB hard disk and support for an even wider range of HD video formats and protected WMA-DRM10 files. It's larger than the other streamers here and is designed to match standard hi-fi components.
Conclusion: We certainly can't complain about the EVA9150's format support. Of course, it comes at a price, and we think it's will give some people pause. For all-round performance, the EVA9150 doesn't manage quite the gusto of the Popcorn Hour A-110 . It's not quite as nice to use, and a sluggish and aesthetically unpleasant user interface doesn't help either. We think the EVA9150 is expensive and not as good as many of the other media streamers on the market.