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Sling Media Slingbox 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 282 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The design and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sling Media Slingbox 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 278 user reviews of Sling Media Slingbox 500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sling Media Slingbox 500

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Sling Media Slingbox 500


Not feeling the cord-cutting craze? From live sports and 24-hour news to a vast array of premium channels, most Americans are staying with cable or satellite TV for now. The problem is, aside from the lack of à la carte channel options, TV providers...

Beautiful 1080p video streaming. Finally works over Wi-Fi. Includes plenty of cables in the box, including both HDMI and component video. Simplified setup

SlingPlayer mobile apps all cost extra. Ties up the television to which the Slingbox is attached to. HDMI port is mostly useless thanks to encryption issues. Sluggish channel changes

The nicely updated Slingbox 500 remains the best way to watch cable TV channels and recorded content on the go from PCs and mobile devices, but the Slingbox concept is beginning to show its age.

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Slingbox 350 and 500 review: Sling Media finally upgrades its line of media streamers


It's hard to believe that the Slingbox has been around for seven years, but that only makes it harder to accept these are the first retail models that

1080p streaming ; Built-in WiFi ; Planned software updates will add functionality

HDCP makes HDMI inputs less than useful ; No integrated ATSC or QAM tuner ; Only integrates via IR

The 500 costs as much as the older Slingbox Pro-HD, but doesn't do much more, save for streaming over WiFi. Most users would be fine with the cheaper Slingbox 350 instead.


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thouroughly satisfied


I use it mainly to watch dvr shows while away from home and to also catch sporting events when not home

Easy To Set Up","Fast","Fast Connection Speed","Perfect For Watching Dvr","Reliable connection","Secure Connection","Wifi No Running Cables

Hdmi Doesn\'t Connect Cert","Hdmi Doesn\'t Work Well

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Easy Set-up


Fast, easy hook-up. Works great. No user manual. No where to get questions answered. If you try to access service via Safari on your ipad you get blocked... you have to spend $15 for iPhone\/iPad app. No fee if accessing via computer. iPhone app works...

Easy To Set Up

No Manual