Summary: This is a review as well as a comparison with other similar products out there. I've done extensive research in digital media players and have tried the following models: a) Roku XDS, b) WD V Live Plus, c) Sony network media player SMP N100, 4) Apple TV and Boxee software on the laptop. I really wanted to like Roku and was super excited to set is up and have it connected to the internet and was installing apps within minutes.
Great for Internet content, falls short as music player
Paul Reynolds, Amazon
27 October 2010
Summary: It's an impressive device for accessing Internet content (movies, music, etc.), seems to work flawlessly over my wired network, and it was easy to set up. Pandora and Slacker Internet Radio and On-demand Internet videos from Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and many others work great. For those functions it meets or exceeds my expectations. However, I also bought the SMP-N100 to play music from my home library stored on a Windows Vista PC and it's disappointing in that area.
Summary: While the SMP-N100 is a nice compact and reasonably priced video streaming device, and it's VERY easy to setup (with PS3-like menus), it DOES NOT support TVersity (DLNA Media Server [oddly, the Sony PS3 DOES]), and there doesn't appear to be a way to LIMIT the on-line services (I, for exampe, JUST want NetFlix, but I get EVERYTHING Sony has to offer. It would be NICE to be able to "Hide/Show" each "installed" on-line services (like you CAN do with DLNA servers located).
Pros: Price, Easy installation, PS3-like menus
Cons: DOESN'T work with TVersity, can't customize (limit) ON-LINE services (all or nothing)