Summary: I have to admit I've had this tool for some time. A long time. I never reviewed it because I didn't quite understand how to use it. Bad me. It's not very hard to use, especially when you use it with a hard drive. Here are the steps: 1. Put movies on an external hard drive (I practiced using torrented ones from a friend so they needed code software. I did this just to trick it.) 2. Plug hard drive into Popcorn. 3. Plug Popcorn into TV. 4. Navigate like you would Windows.
Summary: To keep it simple I'm going to use the PROS AN CONS system. PROS The system has played everything I've thrown at it codec wise, Has no problems with 720 or 1080 playback from my external hard drive of flash dive and has beautiful picture quality. PS hate Cinavia??? This plays them! Cons The thing that bugs me is the remote; if you don't have it pointed directly at the box, it will not respond to the remote.
Summary: This is a great product. I have two of them. I also have the C200, the A-100 and the A-110. It plays everything I throw at it except older wmv files. My only real complaint is the cheap plastic case the device comes with. However, I would not let that stop anyone form buying this unit. The manufacturer keeps the firmware up to date and there is a lot of support out there for newbies.
The best of the bunch.....but wait for the new 210
Andrew I. Munro Sr., Amazon
16 March 2011
Summary: I was waiting for the 210, which is the new version of this - but when I talked to Popcorn Hour's Customer Service, I was told it is exactly the same as the 200...only difference being the 210 is fan-less and in a metal case. So I decided, rather than order the 210 from Asia, I would take advantage of Amazon Prime and try the 200. I have owned a Boxee Box, WD Live, WD Hub, Xtreamer and even set up my own HTPC., none of which compare to Popcorn Hour.
Summary: If you are a digital connoisseur and have digitized a lot of your media for easy consumption then the Popcorn is the device that can play it all. The Popcorn A-200 is a device which can handle almost any type of digital media you throw at it including Blu-Ray disc ISO images...impressive. CONS: 1. Such a device needs to be perfect if it is going to play large files such as DVD's and Blu-Ray's over your home network. The A-200 has a very big problem...
Summary: Overall, this is a good product. It will play just about any type of file format out there. This is the first product of this type that I have owned, and it is really changing the way we watch our television. My minor complaints: The fan noise is a bit loud, and the product gets hot. I read another review here that said to press down the power button for about 3 seconds to totally shut the unit off. That seems to work.
Summary: I do not consider myself a hardcore media streamer, yet I was amazed how much this little box can do for my big screen TV in terms of media consumption. First of all, setting up did not take too long for me. I just had to wait for a new hard drive get delivered. It still worked fine without internal drive set up, but I figured that without the internal drive, there's no difference from other media boxes like Roku, Boxee, or Apple TV.
Summary: I settled on the A 200 a week ago after looking at AC Ryan, Western Digital and Xtream. Two different salesmen in different stores both said the Popcorn Hour had the best signal processor/chipset. Well, this might be company blather they are told to say but the proof is in the putting. The picture I saw looked great and when I went back to test it with a USB jump drive of my own with MP4 and MKV files, I was sold. The A 200 performed like a champ.
Summary: I believe the a-200 is a very good product. It will pretty much play any file format you throw at it. It will play back both dvd and bluray isos as well as the popular mkv or m2ts format which products like the playstation 3 and xbox 360 will not do. Regarding cons I would first like to point out that I DID NOT notice the loud fan noise everyone here is pointing out. But I did notice that the product does get very hot.
Summary: I've had an A200(ordered directly from PCH) since they were first released at the end of January. If it wasn't for the loud fan I would give it five stars. The loud fan is the only bad thing about the A200. It plays almost everything I throw at it. And you get alot for the low price.