I have other streamers I have used over the years. I have a 46 in insignia in my bedroom that this unit plugs into with HDMI and works. It's a little laggy and it's UI is fair to middling. Nothing special. I have tried to plug this into my Sanyo 55", my Polaroid 40", and my Asus 24" computer monitor with HDMI input. It only works with the Insignia and the Asus. I do not know why the Sanyo and the Polaroid won't support it, but they both work with every other HDMI device I own.
If you are looking for a great streamer I would get the WDTV Live Streaming Media Player instead. It has all the bells and whistles and operates nicely.
The Picture quality Varies a-Lot and freezes often, the remote seems to have a delay sometimes as long as 5 seconds from pressing a button to the unit responding to the command. Although you have the choice of audio types such as 5.1 Surround, Stereo and Mono, often you have to hunt for the one that will give you sound out. Often times when you reach the end of a program in a TV Series, it will not automatically index your selection to the next episode in the Series. WiFi Signal is rated as Poor even though am located "Less then" 20 feet from the Router. My other Two Roku boxes say Signal Strength is Excellent. I have had it lose it's connection to my Router several times during Idle periods, Yet my other Two Roku boxes have not and never have. The C.C. is written in a bit of a "low contrast yellow lettering" that often blends or fades into the background screen colors so as to be virtually unreadable, I'd say about 25-30 percent of the time. I have returned it for a Refund.
- i bought this to replace my Patriot Box Office media streamer
- the remote is nice.. easy to use and the buttons are big
- tried watching Netflix but the video would freeze and the sound would cut in and out
- pausing/rewinding was out of the question.. it took 20 seconds to respond to pressing the pause button
- i couldn't play anything from my USB storage
- basically i couldn't even use it.. i'm going to return this device
[...] I bought this last night for [...] at a local Target and was online, with the update required, in less than 10 minutes. The YouTube channels are definitely a welcome addition as ROKU does not have a direct YouTube button. Couldn't be happier for the ease of use, value, and the channels it provides. Plus, Netflix works very quick.
I gave this product a score of three stars because once it is set up it works, sort of. First, the manual is useless. Anything of value in it can be figured out without it by anyone who owns a cell phone and when you get to the area in the setup where you need to sign on to your service like Netflix, the manual simply ends. The only reason we were able to continue the process was because my son downloaded a setup app to his iPhone. A search of the Netflix help files gave a procedure that was incompatible with what the Netgear box expected. Once I got it going the unit froze up within a few hours and refused to respond to the remote. I had to cycle the power to get control back. The remote is spongy and slow operating so you have a tendency to press a key more than once. Bad idea since it eventually responds to all the queued commands. Still, the unit has a lot of features for the money so if you're on a serious budget and are willing to go through the painful setup - go for it!