Let's start with the BAD things - this won't take long
Some say that the name is too long and non-catchy. Well ok - does that really matter?
It takes all the technical aspects out of getting digital content to your TV. Yes that is true. This makes life unbelievably simple. Some advances users don't want to transfer each movie to a flash drive and walk it to the WD TV HD box. There is no streaming feature available but that is not what it is trying to do.
Its 'glossy' finish attracts fingerprints, and dust - but I have had it out 2 weeks and it has needed 1 attack with a duster.
Ok let's get on with the good stuff!
It will play about any format that you can throw at it. I have a Creative Zen (see my review) and I LOVE it. I used that to watch things on my TV. Simply transfer to the Zen, plug into TV, and watch. The Zen played 13/15 files - hey I could live with that. But this? This hasn't failed once. 270 gig of storage, films, music, photos etc - all worked.
(so far: MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA, JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG, MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV and MOV (MPEG4, H.264))
You can watch in either standard-def or Full HD. No HD cable included - but they don't cost much.
It also auto converts files to intended ratio - so you don't get stretched images. That does mean you get black bars at the side of the pic sometimes, but it's not a deal breaker. I actually like watching the correct aspect ratio.
Ok the installation - lets take you through that in case someone finds it hard:-
Get WD TV box. Plug into TV (AV or HDMI). Get External harddrive. Plug into USB on WDTV.
That. Is. It.
You can use a flash drive if you want. It has 2 ports - so you can have youer "permanent" one attached to the back and use the side one when you have someone wanting to show you anything. Goodbye having to see holiday photos on a PC.
There's no software to install and no reason to ever connect it to a computer.
There is a remote control included (2 x AAA batteries - included). It is small - and some might not like this - I found it quite charming though
FULL High-definition video support (up to 1080p so feel free to watch BluRay rips) and a REALLY nice intuitive user interface. Cleverly laid out, you can have it split into relevant folders, and see your videos, music, and photos - or you can see a representation of your folders on the harddrive.
ONLY bad thing is that there is no "page down" button - so if you have a massively cluttered drive - it takes an extra 10 secs to get to where you want to get to! You can also look at it as thumbnails or a list format.
This was crazily easy to use. My 65 year old mum would find this a doddle, and she needed lessons on her TV. I would seriously consider buying her a 16 gig stick, load it with family pics, movies and music, get her this aswell and let her figure it all out.
This is REALLY cheap for what it does and at £80 is a bargain. It looks good too and to some people this matters. It is built well and is attractive, small and classy. 2 little white lights on the front representing "on" and "drive plugged in".
This is an essential if you have any sort of media you would like to watch on a TV, especially if you have downloaded films and television.