Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Mini
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Glitchy piece of junk
Andy Thomas, Amazon
3 July 2010
Summary: Even after converting all my files to lower quality, the thing works like junk. If you pause a show for too long it won't resume playing. I might freeze and then restart itself randomly. If you don't have TV it is better than nothing, but definitely not good. I would never buy this product again. I recommend you do not buy this product, buy something that works.
So close... but no cigar! - Doesn't play most MP4 files
David C. Franklin, Amazon
31 March 2010
Summary: DVDs get damaged too easily, and I am tired of having to replace costly DVDs because of a few scratches. So, I use Handbrake and Nero to convert all of my DVDs into MP4 files that I store on my hard drive, and can watch in iTunes, or transfer to my iPod Touch. My whole collection on one hard drive. Sweet! What I am missing is a way to conveniently play my MP4 video library on the TV in my living room.
Summary: I have hundreds of AVI files and MP4's. The device would only play a handful of the AVI's and none of the MP4's. I could not figure out why it would only play the few AVI's that it did. I think it has to do with the Codecs that were used when the AVI files were downloaded. There were no answers on Western Digitals website and the device does not come with any sort of conversion software.
Summary: This may be a lot cheaper than the other WD TV products, but there is a reason. First, if your hard drive is 1TB or higher, this thing takes forever to read it. Second, your previously saved MP4s will not play on it - even though the description says it will. I kept getting a message that my files were saved in a higher resolution than it could read. My files were only saved at 640 resolution which is not staggering by any means.
Summary: Plugged it in and tried playing a standard .AVI movie. "VIDEO FILE CANNOT BE PLAYED BECAUSE IT IS LARGER THAN THE MAXIMUM SUPPORTED RESOLUTION". Keep in mind that this video was only 640x480. Immediately after trying to load another video the device freezes. What a dud. Save up for a WDTV HD. Don't even bother with this device.
Summary: Pros: -Tiny, play Real Media videos, nice menu with preview. Cons: -Cannot play any videos 720P or higher, Hi def MKV, MP4 videos do not work. Only the low resolution RMVB and AVI videos work well. -1080i Max (?, but 720 RMVB did not work), NO HDMI. Other thought: If you have large library of RMVB, it is worth a try. Got it from newegg for $79, it will probably be returned because of lack of HD video format support.