Plays everything, nice interface, but some streaming issues
4 January 2012
Summary: As advertised, I've been really pleased w/ this unit in the regard that it will literally play every media format you throw @ it. I like the interface, all be it a touch sluggish, but it was really easy to setup in my opinion. The documentation that comes with the unit leaves a bit to be desired, but there is plenty of information out there on the web if you just look for it, there are plenty of forums & discussions surrounding the device, take my word for it.
Summary: I've been trying to merge my PC world with my TV for almost a decade now. There's always been something that has worked well enough, but this I see as the final solution. Thank goodness! No more transcoding, no more making menus, no more burning discs. The HTPC was okay, but still had to boot, click around, and the fan noise and all the stupid windows problems like updates and virus protection. Since I got this, you know what I've been doing? Watching content!
Summary: Shipped with the wrong style power cord (not for the US). Has the standard computer-type plug on the other end and the DC adapter was universal, so easy to fix... if you have spare power cords lying around.
Summary: I've been using Popcorn Hour devices for years now. The A-210 can play just about every video and audio file that you can find. Alternatives such as the Apple TV don't even come close to the Popcorn Hour. You can buy a 2TB hard drive and easily plug it into the Popcorn Hour A-210, and then load it up with 1000s of movies in AVI, MP4, MOV, and even ISO formats. The Popcorn Hour is the "iPod" of TV devices.
Summary: I had an Egreat media tank (PCH-a110) before this. this is a nice upgrade. it does take some technical network knowledge to really use its full potential. if you have a media library you want to use or share this works well. I highly recommend that you check out "yet another movie jukebox" if you want to browse your movies as a box cover interface.
Summary: Came from using the Popcorn Hour a-110 then c-300, then a-200 and finally the latest a-210. worth the money for simply not hearing the loud fan that pledged the previous model. Super fast but i am still annoyed that 3tb is not support without leaving it ntfs and having a thumbdrive with the nmt applications installed.
Summary: I've been using, trying to figure out this device for several months. Been to different forum, spoke with tech support, etc. As much as I'd like to, I can't give it more than 2 stars. The goods: 1. Plays all my video files without a hitch. I don't do pictures or audio, so I can't comment on those aspects. 2. Nice, simple design. The bad: 1. Takes forever to recognize my network devices. Not minutes, not hours, not days, but several days!! Unbelievable!
Summary: We love the A210, have had it for about six months. Deciding on how to backup our DVDs and how to transfer the videos was a learning experience. More information here at[...] on our setup. Great choice, one of the best pieces of gear we have purchased.
Conclusion: A media player is very common device nowadays and it is one of the most sellable devices during PC/computer fairs. However the problem with media player is data transferring and with the Popcorn Hour A-210, this problem is gone permanently where the multimedia data can be shared through the network. There are too many features and great apability of Popcorn Hour A-210 such as decent performance, web services, Bit Torent, NAS function, Apps Market and etc.
Pros: + Solid & well build with aluminum chassis, + Internal storage is expandable; 2.5" or 3.5", + Varies choice of video/audio outputs, + Full functional remote control, + Value of money with its functions & features, + Support most of the multimedia formats, + A media player with network sharing, + Popcorn Hour Apps Market, + Web services like Bit Torent, FTP, Usenet, UPnP
Cons: - Prefer wifi is pre-integrated or bundled together