Summary: I cannot understand how this product has been given so many positive "non-biased" product reviews. While absolutely gorgeous looking design, (even for the $300.00) after purchasing this thing April 2011, and spending all day trying to get it to work properly, I returned it for a full refund.
Summary: 1. Does not play FLAC I bought this box to have an easy to use music player that can play "any file thrown at it". I put a hard drive into the empty slot that comes with the box, rebooted it and now it can play .wav files, .mp3 but it is not playing FLAC files. At least not out of the box. 2. Low quality display Connecting the box to the TV is an option that I opted not to use. I simply wanted to have a streaming music played into a separate D/A converter.
Summary: As you can find easily: not only does gigabit not work on this, it goes slower even then 100mbps. There's really nothing to be done to fix that. In addition, the video won't stop stuttering; not that I could play anything at these speeds. Heck, the video stutters even when sitting still on a settings screen. Also, it would take a little more work, but I'm not sure why you would get this over making an xbmc linux pc for the same price.
Summary: applications? nope frequently updated firmware? nope fulfills marketing claims? nope bugs? numerous chokes on videos? yup enjoys rebooting a bit too much? yup rabid fanbois? yes returned: absolutely I have wasted enough time tinkering with the popcorn. I'll "try again" when they release a product that has performance at least commensurate to marketing claims. Having tried roku, popcorn, wd hd live plus, and boxee.... boxee box sucks the least..
Where open source lack of support and featureless closed systems meet
26 October 2010
Summary: The PCH C-200 was an incredibly disappointing experience for me and am I every greatful I bought it through Amazon instead of direct from the manufacturer. (Amazon is the only retailer with a return policy on the unit without a restocking fee) The unit has a marketing decal on it that says "play anything" leaving one to believe that indeed, it will play most any audio or video file format effortlessly. That is a ploy. Several standard video formats would not play.
Summary: It just plain didn't play the DVD ISO images I shared from the NAS. They would get all blocky and then the device would crash, and this is within 10 seconds of the start of the movie. By way of comparison, I pulled the Ethernet cable, plugged it into my MacBook Pro, mounted the same share, started VLC, and the movie played flawlessly. So no, it wasn't the DVD ISO. And I had upgraded to the latest firmware revision, no help either. If you like to tinker, go for it.
Summary: The product seemed to have no problem in reading files from the Microsoft computer on my home net, but it could not see the apple computer or the the files stored on that machine. Not sure if this was something in my area of control or if it was an issue of not being Mac compatible. Too often this is not clear when reading about products advertised here. I returned the device.
Summary: When you read the negative reviews on here you need to take them to heart. If you go to the Popcorn Hour's community forum and read for instance under Hardware about the Blu-Ray issues you will find so many other problems that have not been fixed in a long time. I sent an email to PCHour asking about the status of my order and received this god awful broken English reply obviously from someone who 1. Should not be on the so called "Sales team" and 2.
Summary: The box is riddled with bugs! Read the forums at NMT(NMT forum's moderators say that the forums are not a part of Syabas even though Syabas' website directs you there on their support page). Some examples of flaws to be noted: Gigbit Ethernet: Does not Work; playback of mkv's - audio is out of sync with video; Issues with all formats of HD video content (Buffering space inadequate); The LCD screen and the input boxes being hard to read from 6 ft away on a 42" LCD TV;...