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Media Center Reviews

Updated: Sep 1, 2015 01:56
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#2
alaScore 99

Nexus Player

The $99 Nexus Player, the first set-top streamer to run Android TV, offers novel features for a big-screen platform. It's a work in progress, but a very promising one.

16 expert reviews | 157 user reviews

#3
alaScore 98

Roku 3

Filed in Featured >Home >Reviews . Tags: roku, set top box and streaming.

24 expert reviews | 39522 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Google Chromecast

. It’s perfect for quickly and cheaply adding Netflix or YouTube to additional televisions or adding streaming options while on the go. It’s now up to Google to broaden its content possibilities or risk watching Chromecast go the way of Google TV.

99 expert reviews | 14759 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

Roku 2 (2015)

The Roku 2 is yet another decent media streaming box from the market leader and we like the new Roku Search and MyFeed features. However, these are available on the other Rokus and the slightly high price means you'll want to pay the extra for the...

2 expert reviews | 1028 user reviews

#6
alaScore 97

Slingbox M1

With the addition of built-in WiFi and a $30 price cut, the M1 is a solid replacement for the Slingbox 350. While it does still have a higher upfront cost than competing products, it can also stream content that no other device can -- namely, live...

7 expert reviews | 256 user reviews

#7
alaScore 96

Apple TV (3rd Gen)

Released in March, Apple's third-generation puck ($100) retains the form factor of its predecessor while adding 1080p playback. The real draw remains the same, though: seamless integration with iTunes, iCloud, and the rest of the Apple ecosystem.

24 expert reviews | 24015 user reviews

#8
alaScore 95

Dune HD BASE 3D

Streamers have been around for quite a few years. It took them quite a while to reach maturity. When this field was at its infancy, HD was just starting to get popular and Streamers offered a way to play back a DIVX or TS file without requiring a Home...

7 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#9
alaScore 95

Apple TV (2nd Gen)

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

81 expert reviews | 626 user reviews

#10
alaScore 94

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

However, most of these shortcomings can be overlooked due to the price of $70 - less than half of what wireless drives cost. So the Kingston MobileLite Wireless can be recommended at least for what it primarily delivers, a good overall multi-user...

6 expert reviews

#11
alaScore 93

Philips HMP7001

Media player boxes have become popular in the recent years. The market is dominated by Apple, Boxee, Western Digital and Roku but Philips wants to get in on the act. Last year, Philips released HMP5000 but it never proved very successful so Philips...

8 expert reviews | 110 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 93

Apple TV (1st Gen)

If you’ve been waiting for 1080p, now’s the time to get an Apple TV, especially if you’re heavily invested in iTunes content and/or you want to beam your media from your Mac to your TV. But if your big-screen TV tops out at 720p, and you just want to...

101 expert reviews | 1023 user reviews

#13
alaScore 92

Popcorn Hour A-400

There are some things the Popcorn Hour does incredibly well - for example, picture quality. It's very good here and neglected on other media players and especially on laptops and the like. Plus, you get the power needed to play 3D or 1080p video...

11 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

#14
alaScore 92

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

21 expert reviews | 96 user reviews

#15
alaScore 92

Sony FMP-X10

What to conclude about the Sony FMP-X10 4K media player? On the one hand, it's pretty much the only game in town if you want a standalone 4K media server with direct access to 4K theatrical film downloads. The product is easy to set up and use, and the...

1 expert reviews | 134 user reviews

#16
alaScore 91

Asus O!Play BDS-700

It has really great picture quality, fantastic sound, is solidly built and plays Bluray ISO's with Menus. Heres the problem though, It has a know freezing problem. In fact I havn't been able to completly watch a movie without having to pull the plug...

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#17
alaScore 91

Verbatim MediaShare

Many of us now store photos, music and video on our PCs to stream to our TVs over a network. But doing so does have its flaws. Using a PC as a media server means coping with operating noise, power consumption and susceptibility to malware. A far better...

10 expert reviews

#18
alaScore 91

Western Digital WD TV Live Plus

If you have a PC running Windows 7, you can use Microsoft’s Play To feature to “send†media from your PC to the WD TV Live Plus. Simply add songs or videos to the Windows Media Player 12 playlist, click the Play To button, and choose the WD TV...

6 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 91

Popcorn Hour C200

Popcorn Hour C-200 (HDD not included) IEC 60320 C13 power cord 1.5M length HDMI cable RF Remote Control with 2 “AAA” batteries Quick start guide

31 expert reviews | 153 user reviews

#20
alaScore 91

Iomega TV with Boxee

Think Apple TV with less restrictions

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#21
alaScore 90

Eminent EM7285 Hdmedia RT3

It may not be pretty, but Eminent's EM7285 network media player is certainly advanced. Built around the Realtek RT1185 chipset, it's compatible with a huge array of files and formats. The player ships sans hard drive, but one is easily loaded into the...

3 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#22
alaScore 90

AC Ryan Playon!HD2

I've been an owner of the original AC Ryan PlayOn!HD for a while, so it was relatively easy for me to spot the differences/upgrades coming with the new PlayOn!HD2. First of all, what matters most not only to me, but also to many users out there, is the...

24 expert reviews | 132 user reviews

#23
alaScore 89

Convenience Concepts 131031 Designs-2-Go Wide 3-Tier Wood Grain TV Stand, Black

The assembly took less than 2 minutes and it holds my 32" TV, printer, 2 Spike guards, Modem, Router & Roku and there's still space on my middle shelf for a dvd player. Even though the stand looks sleek and simple, the quality has not been compromised....

12 user reviews

#24
alaScore 89

Case Logic PDVD-9 7-9-Inch Dual Screen DVD Player Case, Black

I have only myself to blame for this purchase, I thought it was to hold my double DVD players, as in storing when they come out of the van. I didn't realize it was to actually hold a player between the seats in the vehicle. While nice for a single...

10 user reviews

#25
alaScore 89

Rocelco B-Tech Rocelco BT77 Ultragrip Pro Loudspeaker Wall Mount - Pair (Black)

Since my B&W DM603 weigh only 11 pounds I was able to mount these brackets in drywall using appropriate anchors. I used the included speaker screws to ensure the units don't move off the bracket. I'd recommend this approach - the friction bracket can...

11 user reviews

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