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Apple TV (2nd Gen)

Apple TV (2nd Gen)
alaScore 96

819 reviews

Jan, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 819 reviews of Apple TV (2nd Gen). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. People are impressed by the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Apple TV (2nd Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple TV (2nd Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple TV (2nd Gen) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Media Centers on Amazon.co.uk.

72% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple TV (launched September 2010)Apple TV 2, MC572FD_A

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Apple TV (fall 2010)

 

Apple may or may not release a television someday. In the meantime, it offers a tiny $99 streaming box called the Apple TV.

The Apple TV lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes Store to your HDTV on a rental or purchase basis, with purchases stored in the cloud. Netflix, MLB.TV, Hulu Plus, and a handful of other online media services are...

The Apple TV is a less useful box if you don't own other Apple devices. Roku's competing boxes are less expensive and offer more streaming services, including Amazon Instant, HBO Go, and Pandora. And the Apple TV doesn't work with non-HDMI TVs.

Those who've already invested in iTunes content and Apple hardware will find the Apple TV to be an indispensable living-room companion, and it's an excellent streaming-video box for non-Apple folks as well.

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Apple TV review (2012)

 

After endless speculation and debate, Apple's latest event came and went with nary a mention of a Cupertino-made television set. But Apple's little set-top box did get a refresh, bringing some oft-requested upgrades and improvements to the $99 device....

1080p video looks great ; Really intuitive interface ; Setup is incredibly simple

Still not enough content ; Remote is too basic for some functions

The hardware's there, but we're still waiting on the content

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Apple TV (2010)

 

Looking for the latest Apple TV? Make sure to check out Apple TV Review (2012).

Extremely competitive price point ; Best Netflix integration of any set-top device ; Tiny, dead quiet ; Simple to set up

Can only rent, not buy, from iTunes ; Poor out-of-box file support ; Lacks legacy connectors for older TVs ; Only 720p resolution ; No USB input

The second-generation Apple TV integrates Netflix and drops in price, but still offers little flexibility beside competing boxes.

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Apple TV (2010)

 

Apple's slimmed down set-top box sequel makes it dead simple to rent movies and TV shows, as well as stream content from PCs and (soon) iOS devices.

The next year is going to be an interesting time for media boxes, with Apple TV, Google, Roku, Boxee, and others all vying for a spot next to your set. Because of its low price, the Apple TV's closest competitor is the Roku XDS, which, for $99, works...

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Apple TV ( fall 2010)

 

The Apple TV lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes Store to your HDTV on a pay-per-view basis, with purchases stored in the cloud for future on-demand access. It offers Netflix and a handful of other online video,...

The competing Roku 2 offers more streaming services, including Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and Pandora. The new AirPlay mirroring feature seems cool, but doesn't currently have much practical use. And the upcoming Roku LT will offer much of the...

The Apple TV is an excellent streaming video box, especially for Apple fans who will use AirPlay and the upcoming iTunes Match service, but it's missing a few key apps like Hulu Plus and Pandora.

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Apple TV review (2010)

 

You've been waiting, and it's finally here: the Apple TV review. Months before Steve Jobs announced the new set top box at Apple's annual fall event, we

Killer pricing ; Video and audio quality is excellent ; Elegant, simple interface

Content selection is limited ; Doesn't allow purchases ; Can only network via Apple Home Sharing

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Apple TV Review

 

While Apple dominated in the mobile market and is thriving with their line of laptops, they have never been able to grasp the home theater crowd with their video solutions, ...

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Apple TV 2

 

Getting content from our computers to the home's main entertainment hub is like the Holy Grail. Some manufacturers have achieved it for a high price; others have achieved it poorly for a reasonable price. In the Apple ecosystem, Apple TV has allowed...

If you own other Apple products, Apple TV is a no-brainer, as you can now integrate all of your devices with Apple TV via AirPlay. Naturally, the iTunes integration is flawless. If you’re a PC user and depend on iTunes to organize your music for your...

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Apple TV 2

 

Getting content from our computers to the home's main entertainment hub is like the Holy Grail. Some manufacturers have achieved it for a high price; others have achieved it poorly for a reasonable price. In the Apple ecosystem, Apple TV has allowed...

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Best digital media player for iTunes users

 

With its tight integration with iTunes, and as the only digital media player with access to the iTunes store, Apple TV is an easy pick for those already committed to the Apple "lifestyle." Most -- but not all -- critics say, however, that its...

Access to iTunes, easy to set up and use, streaming from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, streaming of local files, inexpensive

Other than iTunes, limited content partners, resolution only 720p

Product Specifications

Configuration

1080p Upscaling: No
CDMA Modem: No
Display: No
DVB-T: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
GPRS: No
GSM: No
HSDPA: No
Insteon: No
Integrated Firewall: No
Integrated Modem: No
Integrated Private Branch Exchange (PBX): No
Power LAN: No
Power over Ethernet: No
Remote Control: Yes
TV Cable Net Function: No
Ultra-Wideband: No
USB Host: No
Wibree: No
WiMAX: No
WLAN 802.11a Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11ac Port: No
WLAN 802.11b Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11g Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11i Port: No
WLAN 802.11n Port: Yes
WUSB: No
ZigBee: No

Connectivity

ADSL Port: No
ADSL2+ Port: No
Bluetooth: No
DECT Port: No
Device Type:Gateway / Bridge
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface: No
Firewire: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Home Radio Frequency Port: No
HPNA Port: No
IrDA Port: No
ISDN Port: No
Memory Card Slot: No
MiMo Port: No
S-Video: No
SDSL Port: No
Token Ring Port: No
TV Cable Port: No
USB:USB 2.0
W-LAN 802.11n Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11a Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11b Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11g Port: Yes
WLAN 802.11i Port: No
WLAN 802.11n Port: Yes

General Features

Access Point Function: No
Bridge Function: No
Device Form:Extern
Hub Function: No
Optical Drive: No
Router Function: No
Segment:Networking Device
Switch Function: No
Switch Type:Not Applicable
VoIP Function: No
VPN Function: No
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