Media streaming devices review

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03.Product profiles

D-Link Media Lounge Entertainment Network DSM 320

Price: $299 D-link

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Relatively inexpensive.

Bad points

  • Wireless sound quality only OK.
  • Only WEP security for wireless.

Microsoft Xbox 360

Price: $804

Good points

Xbox

  • Very easy to use.
  • Can connect external devices.
  • Can potentially display 1080p resolution video.
  • Excellent wireless performance.

Bad points

  • Relatively expensive for this purpose.
  • External power supply.
  • Requires wireless receiver to make into streaming device. 

Logitech Squeezebox Wireless Digital Music Player

Price: $359

Good Logitechpoints

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Two year warranty.
  • Has alarm function.

Bad points

  • Software required to run has to be downloaded separately.

Netgear Digital Entertainment HD EVA8000

Price: $599

Good Netgearpoints

  • HDMI connection.
  • Includes HDMI cable.
  • Can connect external devices.
  • Can potentially display 1080p resolution video.
  • Excellent wireless performance.
  • Two year warranty.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Apple TV

Price: $449

Good Applepoints

  • Very easy to use.
  • 802.11pre-N draft wireless.
  • HDMI connection.
  • Equal best sound performance.

Bad points

  • No HDMI cable included.
  • Requires a display to setup.
  • Software required to run has to be downloaded separately.
  • Lowest standby energy power score.

Terratec Noxon2Audio

Price: $455

Good pointsTerratec

  • Very easy to use.
  • Can connect external devices.
  • Has alarm function.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Pinnacle Soundbridge Radio Wi-Fi Music System

Price: $675

Good Pinnaclepoints

  • Very easy to use.
  • Has alarm function.
  • Equal best sound performance.

Bad points

  • 802.11b wireless.
  • Only WEP security for wireless.
  • No Ethernet connection.
  • Software required to run has to be downloaded separately.

Sony PLAYSTATION 3

Price: $1049

Good PS3points

  • HDMI connection.
  • Can connect external devices.
  • Can potentially display 1080p resolution video.

Bad points

  • Most expensive.
  • No HDMI cable included.
  • Requires a display to setup.
  • Does not come with remote control.

Pinnacle Soundbridge Network Music Player

Price: $359

Good Pinnaclepoints

  • Very easy to use.

Bad points

  • Only 802.11b wireless.
  • Only WEP security for wireless.
  • Software required to run has to be downloaded separately.
  • Lowest score for wireless performance.

Ziova Clearstream CS 510

Price: $499

Good Ziovapoints

  • HDMI connection.
  • Can connect external devices.

Bad points

  • No HDMI cable included.
  • Requires a display to setup.

Mediagate MG-350 HD Wireless High Definition Multimedia Player

Price: $284

Good Mediagatepoints

  • Least expensive in this test.
  • Can connect external devices.
  • Can potentially display 1080p resolution video.
  • Excellent wireless performance.
  • Can connect to computer monitor via DVI.

Bad points

  • Lowest ease of use score.
  • Only WEP security for wireless.
  • External power supply.
  • Requires a display to setup.
  • Borderline sound performance.
  • Difficult to understand help files.
  • No DVI cable supplied.
 

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