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The Apple TV (2nd-gen) is a streaming-focused device with Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, and Mobile Me integration. It has HDMI, Ethernet, optical audio, and USB plugs around back, as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi and an all-time low $99 price tag.
Gives access to Internet programming (iTunes, Netflix, etc).
Very easy to set up.
Lets you access content on computers and iPods/iPhones/iPads on your local network.
Tiny form factor lets it fit in cramped spaces.
Doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard for entering account info and passwords.
No HDMI cable provided - and you MUST have an HDMI cable to use it
Other than iTunes, limited content partners.
Resolution only 720p.
Included remote control pales next to iPhone/iPod touch app.
Can only rent, not buy, from iTunes.
Lacks legacy connectors for older TVs.
No USB input.
By SlashGear on March 15, 2012
Apple TV was Apple’s “one more thing” at the new iPad launch event last week, but that’s not to say the smart TV adapter isn’t maturing into a comprehensive product in its own right. Now bringing Full HD to the table, as...
By Gizmodo on March 14, 2012
Preliminary reviews of the 3rd-gen, 1080p Apple TV are here. The Geekosphere has spoken and deemed it a phenomenal device but may be worth waiting on if you already own last year's model. MacWorld At $99, the third-generation Apple TV continues to...
By StorageReview on March 13, 2012
The 2012 Apple TV is finally a device that not only Apple enthusiasts can get around, but mainstream home theater types too. The big thing missing from the last Apple TV was 1080p support, which the new device offers thanks to the more powerful A5...
By Macworld UK on January 31, 2012
It may seem a little unfair to include the Apple TV here, and for once it’s not because Apple has an enormous market lead or even the best product in the category. Judged by its specification, the Apple TV is a very poor relation to the rest of...
By Tech-Reviews UK on September 08, 2011
I’m not sure what to think of the Apple TV. As a media streamer it’s an absolutely fantastic product, its dead simple to setup and you can have your whole iTunes Library in your living room in a matter of minutes. The film collection is vast...
By The Gadgeteer on July 03, 2011
I used to think my cable box offered all the programming I needed. As cable prices keep rising, I’ve come to the conclusion that those multi-media boxes and an $8/month subscription to Netflix are a better deal. While I haven’t gotten rid...
By Home Theater on April 14, 2011
If you own other Apple products, Apple TV is a no-brainer, as you can now integrate all of your devices with Apple TV via AirPlay. Naturally, the iTunes integration is flawless. If you're a PC user and depend on iTunes to organize your music for...
By Home Theater HiFi on April 11, 2011
Ever since Louis Daguerre took the first photograph and Thomas Edison lowered the needle on the first phonograph, media has been a part of our lives. The reproduction of still and moving images and sound is an art form that we are unlikely to see the...
By NotebookCheck on February 03, 2011
Klaus Hinum (translated by Pam Taylor), 02/03/2011 The Apple TV Box, now in its second generation, has been transformed into a pure media streaming box. It is now based on the latest iPod and iPad hardware, giving it a very low energy consumption and...
By ConsumerSearch on February 01, 2011
With its tight integration with iTunes, and as the only digital media player with access to the iTunes store, Apple TV is an easy pick for those already committed to the Apple "lifestyle." Most -- but not all -- critics say, however, that its greater...
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