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Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 865 reviews of Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the portability and size. The price and performance also get good views. There are mixed views on the storage and sound, and many are negative about the battery and reliability.

usability, performance, price, size, portability

reliability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 383 user reviews of Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Opinions about the portability and size are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive views about the battery and reliability. Comments about the memory and sound are different.

usability, performance, price, size, portability

reliability, battery

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: WD TV HD Media PlayerWD TV HD Media Player

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : John Marrin (wired.com)

Review: Western Digital WDTV Live Hub

 

Media streamers typically don't have a fat 1-TB hard drive attached. This one does.

It’s a streamer! It’s a server! Robust format support. USB keyboard compatible. Extremely easy to set up, especially remote-admin features. A/V quality is sharper than Carl Sagan’s intellect. Simple and responsive interface. 1080p resolution: Suck it,...

You can only search and browse for content on one device at a time. Cables and full manual not included. No built-in Wi-Fi and no Hulu support? We no like. Online streams can be slow to start. Some features can get buried in backwater sections of menu....

Nov, 2010

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Western Digital TV HD Media Player

 

Editors' note (July 22, 2010): The rating of this product has been changed slightly since its initial publication to reflect changes in the marketplace. See the review of the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV for comparison.

Network digital media streamer; Netflix, MediaFly, Flickr, MediaFly, and Pandora Radio built-in; Live365 channel; YouTube channel; HDMI out; two USB ports; digital optical audio out; quick, easy-to-use interface; includes composite and component wires.

No Wi-Fi--separate accessory required.

If you don't already own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player and you're serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is one of your best choices for getting content to your TV.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

WD TV HD Media Player (winter 2009) review

 

There's an interesting new niche market developing in the media player arena as storage companies like Western Digital, SanDisk, and Iomega look for a way to tap the growing number of consumers who have multimedia files stored on their computers and...

Compact adapter allows for playback of USB-based multimedia files on TV; reads a lot of file formats; both HDMI and composite video connections; able to connect up to two mass USB storage devices at one time via side- and rear-mounted USB ports; up to...

Couldn't play back audio on some files; no networking capabilities; eSATA, FireWire, or flash media reader options would've been nice as well.

While it isn't infallible, the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player plays back a wide array of audio, video, and image files on your TV without the need for a computer.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

The WD TV HD Media Player shuns wireless streaming; instead you use it to make your media portable via USB drives.

Affordable. Excellent file support—including for HD video and lossless audio codecs. Simple, intuitive user interface. Includes file-conversion software.

No wireless streaming. Doesn't include a USB drive. Unremarkable physical design.

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Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Brown (maximumpc.com)

Western Digital TV HD Media Player

 

Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player is missing two components commonly found in digital media players: a display and storage. What the device does have is two USB ports, HDMI and composite video outputs, digital and analog audio outputs, and the...

Supports a host of popular media formats, codecs, and containers

Awful DAC; doesn’t support DivX, WMA Lossless, or any encrypted media

Speaking of music, the WD TV supports almost all the popular file and container formats, including AAC, FLAC, MP3, Ogg, and WAV. We do wish, however, that it supported WMA Lossless. The player displays album art and artist, album, and track name...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Andreas Ødegård (anythingbutipod.com)

WD TV HD Review

 

The time where home theatre computers and expensive media boxes were the only ways of getting content onto your TV is over, and the market is filled with cheap solutions that will let you play music, photos and videos on your TV. One of the cheapest...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Androski Matthew (techwarelabs.com)

Western Digital TV HD Media Player

 

Western digital describes it as a “ High-definition multi-media adapter ”

In the beginning I was genuinely curious if the WDTV would live up to my expectations. To my enjoyment the WDTV turned out to be pretty awesome with lots of great features for a reasonable price (around $100.) My only real desire for this device would...

Sep, 2009

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Expert review by : Michael Kwan (futurelooks)

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

As much as I like my trusty little laptop, I'd much prefer to watch my HD movies on my HDTV. That much makes sense, but when you get the majority ...

Fantastic file format support ; Incredibly small form factor ; Great-looking user interface ; HDMI, dual USB, and optical audio out

Remote has strange transmission problems ; No wireless (or even wired) streaming ; No included storage ; MOV file did not play audio (codec issue?)

Interestingly, I found that there are absolutely no buttons or controls on the set top box itself. You can’t even turn it on, as far as I can tell, from the media player. Instead, absolutely everything is controlled by the remote. I guess it’s a good...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Les Shu (computershopper.com)

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player Review and Ratings

 

For a simple and no-nonsense method of getting your media files from the computer to your TV, look no further than Western Digital's WDTV.

Easy to set up, use ; Supports a wide variety of files ; HDMI connection ; 1080p support ; Works with any external USB hard drive and flash storage drives ; Media-conversion software ; Two USB ports ; Excellent video quality

Below-average visual experience with composite AV connection ; Some trouble with certain file formats ; Slight delay in loading and playing files ; No networking capability

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Jesse Corbeil (askmen.com)

WD TV HD Media Player

 

Slingbox it ain't, nor it is a real competitor for Apple TV -- but we love the simplicity of the WD TV.

The company formerly known as Western Digital enters the set-top box game with a cool gadget aimed at people with a lot of downloaded content. Slingbox it ain’t, nor is it a real competitor for the Apple TV box. In fact, it doesn’t even have built-in...

Product Specifications

Combined with a My Passport portable drive (sold separately), this player is the most convenient way to play HD movies or user-generated videos, listen to high-quality digital music and show high-resolution slideshows of your family photos on your TV. Also works with popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.

Combined Device

Type:Digital multimedia receiver

Design

Color of product:Black

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:AAC / AC-3 / AIFF / FLAC / MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / PCM / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Device Type:Digital AV player
External Control Devices:Remote control
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type:Digital player

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.9in
Height:1.6in
Weight:10.7oz
Width:5in

Energy Management

Power Requirements:100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Ergonomics

On/Off switch: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV / AAC, FLAC, MKA, MP3, OGG, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG
Subtitle formats supported:SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB
Video compression formats:H.264, MKV, Xvid / VOB

Header

Country Kits:Central America / North America / South America
Manufacturer:Western Digital
Model:WDAVN00/WDBAAN0000NBK
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:WD TV/WD TV Live

Motion Video

Video Playback Formats:AVI / H.264 / MKV / MOV / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / WMV / XviD

Network & Internet Multimedia

Functionality:Digital audio playback / Digital photo playback / Digital video playback

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Other Features

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0 / USB/HDMI
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Power Requirements:100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Still Image

Slide show: Yes

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / GIF / JPEG / PNG / TIFF

Storage

Supported file systems:FAT32, HFS+, NTFS

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.94
Dimensions (WxDxH):4.94 x 3.94 x 1.57
Height:1.57
Weight:10.7
Width:4.92