Summary: im on my second one and its doing the same as my last one. just not playing any movies or music. waist of money and time. NO NO NO TO THIS ONE!!!
Pros: plays Hd videos very nicely, sound is nice
Cons: does not play 85% of the time. it has a mind of its own. half the movies play part f the way. fast forward is a joke and no chapter set up. if you have to start a movie over it sometimes start where you left off or you have to set and watch the movie in 16x very slow fast forward.
Summary: I got this so I could watch videos from my computer on the tv. It is very simple to run, I like that it is use friendly. I am trying to program it with code to change the interface, which I don't care for the interface. The interface is fine for the basic user, but I would like to know more than the title of the file before I hit play. All in all, it is inexpensive and does a lot for how small it is.
Pros: -great product -easier to use than a computer -works well with Windows 7 -cheap alternative to having cables all over the house
Summary: If the firmware were to be upgraded to manage network access properly and to read directories within a share I would not mind the other cons seeing as it is very inexpensive device. But as it is its really just a doorstop.
Pros: It's compact, inexpensive, looks great on top of my TV and the idea behind it is great...
Cons: ...now if it would just work! I have about 100Gb if video on my laptop and I haven't been able to play any of it after hours of troubleshooting. This is mainly because it cannot read most of the folders in the share but I cannot for the life of me understand why. It apparently does not play DivX(!?) either so the few folders it can read it can't play the files anyway. I am certainly not going to re-encode all my video so I am just going to return it. Other: The remote...
Summary: I wish other manufactures would make awesome products like this (I'm looking at you Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, etc.)! Products that just work, aren't filled with proprietary super-garbage (I'm looking at you, HDCP), don't come with it's own special new--does nothing and could've just used CAT5e--proprietary cords, plugs, ports, and wires IMO, this product is WAY overdue.
Pros: Plays .ISO images. Have yet to run into a video that format that wont play. From 25 minute episodes to 3hr long movies, this little box is awesome-o! The user interface is surprisingly intuitive (is on the same intuitiveness-level as the iPod). It asks the right questions at the right times. Firmware is flashable.
Cons: Plays only the main title of .ISO images. User command executions lag a bit. For example, clicking pause/play during video is not as instantaneous as a DVD-player would be. The only way to control the unit is via remote. If you lose or break the remote, you might as well have lost or broken the entire thing.
Pros: Small size, low heat and low power. Plays back my dvd folder storage (not .iso) and shows a tiled view of the cover art in the menu. Got this so my kids can play dvd movies not in the mancave and without scratching disks. I use a full HTPC for my viewing, this is a close 2nd.
Cons: Had a hiccup where it wouldnt play any video, did factory reset and its all good now. Doesnt have access to netflix but I dont use it anyway.
Summary: The only other thing (which isn't so much a con as a disappointment) is that only a few months after purchasing this unit they upgraded with the newer generation that supported Netflix. I LOVE NETFLIX and I was very unhappy to see that they started supporting it so soon after I had purchased this. This is however how the market goes. If you have Netflix, get the newer model that supports it.
Pros: The most simple, easy to use device possible, plays great with little setup. Works nearly seamlessly with Windows 7 Home group setup (see cons to explain the "nearly"). This wins the novice choice award. I am very technical and understand the more complicated intricasies of networks and setup (so I don't always reccomend things to my family and friends) but this one is a definate reccomend to everyone. In the Words of my father, notorious for having 2 seconds of patie...
Cons: Above I say that this integrates with the files on my home network "almost seemlessly" and this is because it has a hard time discovering new files and even at times existing ones. I have read that you have to shorten the file names which I will try to see if this helps (I am really bad at giving proper and more organized names).