Summary: I really wanted to like this unit. Has the latest firmware at time of review. (03/07/2012) Hopefully new firmware is on its way to solve the issues. Would not buy again.
Pros: Small size.
Seems to play everything I have.
Shows up as a media server on your network and if you attach usb storage you can transfer movies etc to the unit.
Works with my DNS 323 server and other computers including mac.
Cheap, but read weaknesses.
Cons: Buggy, Buggy, and Buggy.
Most media studder like crazy. (Wireless and wired!) Some files are Standard Definition and it still can't handle them without chocking. Plays fine if storage device directly plugged in to the usb.
Wireless can't reach far and when I used the ethernet jack it didn't help much, still studdered.
Summary: I had awful luck with firmware 1.06.04 Jan.12/2012 the unit does not buffer WiFi well and movies stutter and freeze a lot. The filesystem does not refresh from media server of USB stick, so I can't even find my movies sometimes, unless I reboot. I suggest checking out the WD forums before purchasing one..
Pros: A cute little $99 box, instead of using a full blown HTPC
Summary: Because AVI files are the main files I would like to play and it does not play them this thing is useless and I'll be return it. At least a few other people seem to be having the same problem on the WD forum.
Cons: Does not play AVI files. Could be due to latest firmware update that recently came out because everyone else seems to think it's great.
I get the message:
'Unable to play the selected file. Please refer to the user manual for a list of supported file formats.'
Western doesn't seem to care.
Summary: Having great difficulty connecting to the shared folders on my PC with Windows 7. Have followed the steps in the trouble shooting guide several times and still cannot connect. At this point I am unsure ifthe problem lies with the unit or Windows 7! I am giving it a 2 right now until I work out these shared folder connection issues.
Pros: Compact size, simple to connect, user interface is friendly, built-in wi-fi adapter connected easily to home network, on-line services work great!
Cons: Compact unit is so light that the weight of cables will pull or push it out of place.
Summary: Ben kablosuz bağlantıda çok iyi olduğunu söyleyemem, alalı 1 ay oldu , daha doğru dürüst mkv açıp izleyemedim , ne denediysem donuyor görüntü. harici disk le uğraşmak istemeyip almayı düşünenler kablosuz özelliğine aldanmasın sakın. şimdi alternatifleri düşünüyorum. Ya kablo çekeceğim ya da yüksek kapasiteli bir flash disk alıp onunla deneyeceğim.