Excerpt: Design-wise, the NTV200 is like most other streaming boxes. It’s tiny, black, and will seamlessly blend into nearly any home theater setup. There are downsides, though. An uninspired and often unresponsive menu system can make navigating a painfully tedious experience. The two obtrusive ads running along the top of the screen don’t make the experience any better. Don’t expect to do anything beyond streaming, either.
Pros: 1080p at a 720p price. Free remote-control app for iOS and Android makes searching and navigating slightly easier.
Cons: No wireless streaming from external devices. No USB ports from wired streaming, either. Slow, frustrating menus. Limited library.
Excerpt: With so many TVs and BD players offering streaming services these days, I didn’t think there would be a lot of demand for standalone units; yet, they keep coming, presumably for those still watching older equipment without this feature. When evaluating these units, the most important aspects are the services and channels provided, along with the user interface.
Summary: There’s a long list of other less interesting services, including a host of video podcasts (does anyone actually watch those?) and some very basic online games (the same ones that Western Digital offers, including Black Jack Royale, Kaboom, Sudoku, and Texas Hold ‘Em). Enthusiasts will want more than what the NeoTV delivers, but this is a good product to recommend to friends and family who just want an easy way to stream media from the Internet to their entertainment...
Pros: Strong collection of media-streaming services, including Vudu; built-in wireless adapter; smartphone app.
Cons: No USB ports; no analog outputs; can't access media stored on your own network.