Pros: Shared file over the network works amazing. My 55 year old mother (who is quite tech savvy) could use it with easy. All she had to do was switch it on and point at the shared folder on the laptop all from the onscreen menu, and viola, it plays her movies
Cons: Hangs a bit, now and then. No Wifi integrated.
Summary: Overall, this device will handle most of the tasks you demanded of media players. Sound and Video qualities are exceptional. Play up to 1080P and DTS and Dolby audios. I love it so much that I own three units all bought with good discounted prices though.
Pros: Can connect to the home PC network to play all media files. Can connect to up to 3 external drives directly 2 USB drives and 1 Seagate freeagent go drive. Can play Netflix, Youtube etc.
Cons: Remote operation is somewhat sluggish. Still a few bugs can get around easily in the firmware. Cannot the drives connected to the units, without reconnecting to a PC directly.