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XTreamer


$130.00 Released June, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Good value for its price. It does pretty much everything it says on the tin by way of file types - its small neat and cant be faulted for the price. Has 2 USB host ports and internal SATA port.

The Cons:Networking on win 7 takes a bit of tweaking (firmware upgrade promised) its not quite plug and play so complete beginners might be put off initially - though support through forums is good. HDMI handshaking problem makes it hang (requires power cycle). Not for beginers.

The Xtreamer is very similar to Western Digital's WDTV, only adding the lacking features of it. This little device can play almost any file format of audio, video and image. Two USB ports allow connecting any hard drive or pendrive with contents, which the unit organizes to browse easily.

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At 99€ it's appealing to almost everyone, except for hi-fi purists, but this little machine can compete with several high-end devices which cost 4 times its price.

It is claimed that it can play H.264, Matroska MKV, MP4 and all kind of DivX formats as well as VOBs, very useful to play DVDs. Of course, MP3, WMA, OGG and FLAC are supported, but also AAC, DTS and Dolby Digital encoded formats are. No Blu-Ray disc image support, though.

The unit allows HDMI (1080p) video and digital audio. It can process DTS, Dolby Digital, TrueHD and Digital Plus, DTS-HD MA and MR to downmix audio flows to a standard low-end hifi system.

Includes an Ethernet port and an optional (free bonus at the moment) USB 802.11n antenna to provide Internet access, thus opening to several web services such as Picasa, Youtube, Jamendo, CNN, iPodCast, Yahoo! Weather and several others, that can be increased easily by upgrades.

Being an open architecture, it can also be am open window to developers who wish to customise the platform.

More information can be found at http://www.xtreamer.net

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Pros
  • 6

    Good value for its price

  • 5

    it does pretty much everything it says on the tin by way of file types - its small neat and cant be faulted for the price

  • 4

    Has 2 USB host ports and internal SATA port

  • 3

    Delivers value for each buck spent

  • 3

    Regular firmware updates

  • 1

    Supports NTFS read/write

Cons
  • 1

    networking on win 7 takes a bit of tweaking (firmware upgrade promised) its not quite plug and play so complete beginners might be put off initially - though support through forums is good

  • 1

    HDMI handshaking problem makes it hang (requires power cycle)

  • -3

    Not for beginers

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