Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV
Released June, 2010
The Pros:Plays an extremely wide variety of files - even ISO files without having to convert them. Up-conversion is smooth and free of distortion - good approximation of HD quality. Interface is fast and responsive, even when browsing network devices.
The Cons:Remote control is built with fairly cheap materials, feels flimsy, need to point it directly at the sensor. Isn't always visual feedback when a button on the remote is used - not always sure it did anything. Although the on-screen interface is fast, it lacks grace and subtlety - it's a little ugly.
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV is an HD media player released in mid-2010. The GoFlex TV can output video at up to 1080p resolution over HDMI or Component. Full surround sound is also featured with support for Dolby Digital, DTS and WMA Pro amongst other formats.
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For those with older television sets, Composite A/V output is also available. On the back, users will find an Ethernet and USB port for an optional Wi-Fi adapter. Movie fans can use this media player for many popular video file formats, including: Xvid, DivX, AVC HD, WMV9, H.264, MKV and M2TS. Subtitle files are also supported. Users can plug in Seagate GoFlex hard drives, or just about any other USB storage device with media for use with the GoFlex TV. Numerous internet-based services are also supported with this product including video RSS feeds, YouTube, Netflix, Flickr and Picasa and widgets.
- 1080p video output
- Dolby Digital and DTS sound output
- YouTube and Netflix streaming
- Subtitle file support
- Plays content from external USB storage devices
- Seagate GoFlex hard drive slot
- Photo slideshow
- Internet widgets (weather, finance)
- Video out: HDMI 1.3, Component, Composite A/V
- Audio out: HDMI 1.3, Stereo, Optical S/PDIF
- Video formats: MPEG-4 (Xvid), MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO), Xvid HD, DivX HD, MPEG-1, AVC HD, TS/TP/M2T, RMVB Real Media, DivX, VC-1, M2TS, WMV9, H.264, MKV, MOV, AV
- Subtitles: SAMI (smi), SRT, SUB
- Video Resolutions: PAL 576i/576p, NTSC 480i/480p, 720p, 1080p, 1080i
- Audio Formats: WMA Pro, WMA, Dolby Digital, ADPCM, FLAC, AAC, ASF, DTS, LPCM, OGG, WAV, MP3
- Playlist: PLS, M3U
- Photo Formats: JPEG files (up to 20 megapixels), MJPEG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, GIF
- Supported File Systems: HFS+, NTFS, FAT32, FAT
- Internet Sites Supported: Video Feeds (RSS), Text Feeds (RSS), Weather Widget, Finance Widget, Flickr, Mediafly, YouTube, Picasa, Netflix, vTuner
- Network Connection: Wi-Fi Adapter (Optional), Ethernet
- TV Systems: NTSC, PAL
User Reviews (2)
plays an extremely wide variety of files - even ISO files without having to convert them
up-conversion is smooth and free of distortion - good approximation of HD quality
interface is fast and responsive, even when browsing network devices
compact design, takes up very little room on a shelf or in a cabinet
button layout on the remote is well thought out, easy to work with
remote control is built with fairly cheap materials, feels flimsy, need to point it directly at the sensor
isn't always visual feedback when a button on the remote is used - not always sure it did anything
although the on-screen interface is fast, it lacks grace and subtlety - it's a little ugly
generates significant heat with prolonged use
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