Sony SMP-N100 Review – Network Media Player with Wi-Fi, Netflix and Hulu Plus
20 April 2011
Conclusion: As I mentioned before, SMP-N100 is a very weird animal: Offers a certain degree of local support while also implementing all three big streaming clients (Netflix, Amazon VoD and Hulu Plus). No other box does that and, at $89 at Amazon, is a very good deal.
Pros: Excellent streaming clients support, cheap, brand recognition, decent codec support from USB storage, decodes Dolby Digital / DTS natively
Cons: Limited codec support via DLNA, ugly interface, older style Netflix client
Summary: Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.
Pros: Affordable streaming box that includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD, Pandora, and Slacker apps; built-in Wi-Fi; plays your own media files via DLNA network streaming or USB; supports TV with analog video connections; controllable by iPhone app.
Cons: User interface needs work; initial setup doesn't handle Wi-Fi; lacks advanced Netflix features like search and browsing categories; slightly more expensive than competitors.
Excerpt: There must be plenty of readers who have spent the best part of a grand on a cutting-edge full HD TV, only to discover that its replacement model is ‘network-enabled’. Increasingly popular, this feature enables you to stream video from various websites, install widgets and play video content, music or photos stored on devices connected to your home network.
Sony SMP-N100 USB media player review: This media streamer offers with inbuilt Wi-Fi
Good Gear Guide.au
26 April 2011
Summary: The Sony SMP-N100 is an HD media player that can wirelessly stream content from a PC to a TV over your home network. While its price is a little on the steep side, it remains a reliable and user-friendly product.
Summary: Given the strength of Sony’s net-friendly TVs and Blu-ray players, it’s no surprise that the company’s new SMP-N100 media streamer is a thoroughly equipped, well-developed little device. Dubbed the Netbox, the Sony offers more of a plug ’n’ play experience than more open-source rivals such as the Boxee Box. Instead, it provides a range of consistently high-quality content, much like the similarly approachable Apple TV, and it’s this simplicity that cements its appeal.
Excerpt: There must be plenty of readers who have spent the best part of a grand on a cutting-edge full HD TV, only to discover that its replacement model is 'network-enabled'. Increasingly popular, this feature enables you to stream video from various websites, install widgets and play video content, music or photos stored on devices connected to your home network.
Conclusion: As a straight (non IPTV) media streaming device the SMP-N100 falls short. An inability to play popular formats over a network make the N100 a runner-up in a streaming race currently dominated by devices like the WD TV Live However, for those that do not own (nor plan on buying) a Sony TV, Sony Blu-ray player or PS3, this smart-looking media player could prove highly attractive.
Pros: Well built and appointed media player, strong IPTV selection including BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Lovefilm
Cons: Limited file support when it comes to network streaming, only really of use if you intend to feed it media files directly via front-mounted USB