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Popcorn Hour A-110


$215.00 Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Modular hard drive design means you can upgrade to whatever size you like. Excellent I/O connectivity (Component, HDMI, RCA, S-Video, S/PDIF, Ethernet, USB). Powerful enough to stream 1080p HD content.

The Cons:Not a true SATA interface, just a bridge, so don't get the speed boost. No real cooling solutions provided. Cannot use it without the remote control, apart formaUSB HDD, don't foget to take it with you!

Popcorn Hour's A-110 media streamer is an updated version of the company's A-100 model media streamer. It features added support for 2.5"/3-5-inch SATA HDD and USB Slave functions and improves the previous model's connectivity and transfer rates with HDMI updated to 1.3a spec (for wider HD Audio pass-through support), S/PDIF to replace co-axial S/PDIF and a reconfigured USB port and hardware reset button.

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Product Shot 2 The A-110 hosts a Media Service Portal for streaming or playback access from various sources (PC, digital camera, Flash drives, hard drivers, internet, etc.) and can function as a NAS and BitTorrent P2P downloader. The media streamer supports a wide-range of high bitrate video formats for 1080p HD video playback and holds upgradeable firmware.

Features

  • 2.5/3.5-inch SATA HDD and USB Slave functionality
  • HDMI: 1.3 a spec
  • Updated S/PDIF, USB and hardware reset
  • Media Service Portal
  • NAS and BitTorrent P2P downloader
  • High bitrate video format support for 1080p video
  • Upgradeable firmware

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Pros
  • 7

    Modular hard drive design means you can upgrade to whatever size you like

  • 5

    Excellent I/O connectivity (Component, HDMI, RCA, S-Video, S/PDIF, Ethernet, USB)

  • 4

    Powerful enough to stream 1080p HD content

  • 3

    Can act as a USB hard drive for transferring files

  • 3

    HDMI 1.3 means it can theoretically pass bitstream HD Audio in a firmware upgrade

  • 3

    Now HDMI 1.3a which means audio is supported

  • 3

    has upgradable firmware to keep up to date with bug fixes

  • 2

    Internally downmixes surround sound to stereo eliminating the need for a separate receiver

  • 2

    theoretically has a lot of excellent features (if they work properly)

  • 1

    technical support respond very quickly and are very good

Cons
  • 6

    Not a true SATA interface, just a bridge, so don't get the speed boost

  • 4

    No real cooling solutions provided

  • 3

    Cannot use it without the remote control, apart formaUSB HDD, don't foget to take it with you!

  • 2

    it hangs frequently

  • 2

    Requires software on host PC to access ext2/3 formatted hdd, verry annoying for a portable dvice.

  • 1

    IR remote has spotty performance

  • 1

    extremely slow to boot

  • 1

    very very buggy. If using internal hdd, be prepared to perform regular scans/reinstalls due to disk corruption - do a google search to see all the problems

  • 0

    you need to be a technologically advanced to use this device

  • -1

    No hard drive included

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