Since only a few weeks I've been looking for a way to play my music over my stereo, and movies to my TV through "some" piece of hardware.
There's a fairly huge library to share with some friends so I will keep the files on an external HDD (or 2). I watch a lot of movies at friends' places anyway, so mobility is a plus for me.
First I bumped into was the Lacie Premiere but it's too limiting: no 1080p, some file formats not supported.
Mvix and Tvix hardware looks nice.
The Dell Studio Hybrid, Acer Aspire X1200 and HP Mediabox are also nice but are too expensive for my taste (some of them are complete computers).
And now there is the WD TV.
1080p, HDMI, even plays MKV files etc.
Only 100 bucks?? Hook on an external HDD and off I go?
It almost sounds too good to be true, am I missing something?
Is there anything I need to consider before buying this thing? I feel like I'm missing something but I can't figure out what...
Info from WD
Some reviews already say the specs are better than AppleTV (for example, ATV does not support 1080p, also has lower fps while playing back movies). I haven't researched what AppleTV is capable of, but I know it's more expensive.
No network, no internal drive, but I don't really need it (I just copy files to external drive).
As this is no "PC" there is no gaming, browsing or anything like a true HTPC.
All I need is a way to listen to music over my stereo and watch movies and finally get rid of all these CD's and DVD's which I won't be able to add in my case in a few shopping sessions.