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Mediagate MG-800HD


$230.00 Released December, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:HDMI output. Capable of outputting full 1080p high definition content. Built in 802.11n - the latest wireless standard - for enhanced throughput and range with compatible routers.

The Cons:Cheap looking glossy plastic enclosure - fingerprint magnet. Potentially difficult to set up and use for the non-technically inclined. Unpolished user interface.

The Mediagate MG-800HD is a HD media streamer designed to replace dedicated media PCs in a home theater environment. This device can connect to a HDTV at full 1080p resolution via HDMI for video, and optionally optical/coaxial for surround sound.

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This media streamer supports draft N wireless for internet connectivity, and includes a built-in bittorrent client for downloading media. Users can also use the MG-800HD to connect to popular streaming sites like YouTube and Live365. Besides one available 3.5” hard drive bay, an integrated 3-in-1 media card reader and high-speed USB 2.0 port is included for connecting portable drives. Many popular video formats are supported including AVI, MPG, MP4,VOB, DAT and MKV. Subtitles are also supported within files, however DTS audio tracks are not. PC-based software is also included for decoding and transmitting additional media formats over a network.

Features/Specs

  • HD 1080p video playback
  • HDMI video output
  • Optical/Coaxial/Composite audio output
  • Memory card reader
  • Video: .avi, .wmv, .mpg, .iso, .vob, .ifo, mp4, .asf, .tp, .ts, .m2ts, .mov (H.264), .mkv
  • Subtitle decode: .srt, .ssa, .idx, .sub
  • Audio: MP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG 1 Layer 2, PCM, WMA Pro
  • Photo: JPG/JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF
  • SATAI/II hard drive support
  • LCD display
  • Wireless draft N networking, 10/100 Mbps LAN

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    HDMI output

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    capable of outputting full 1080p high definition content

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    built in 802.11n - the latest wireless standard - for enhanced throughput and range with compatible routers

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    available 3.5" drive bay for adding internal storage

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    affordable price

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    Ethernet network connection - in case wireless is unavailable, or too slow

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    supports all popular file formats

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    3 USB ports including 1 in the front - allows for external storage to be added, file to be played directly or transferred to internal storage, mouse / keyboard support

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    built-in extras such as a BT client, web browser, etc...

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    upgradable firmware with good long-term support from Mediagate

Cons
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    cheap looking glossy plastic enclosure - fingerprint magnet

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    potentially difficult to set up and use for the non-technically inclined

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    unpolished user interface

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