The Slingbox remains one of those tech toys that hometown sports fans can't live without when they're on the road. The 500 is the top of the line.
- Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $268.00
The good: The Slingbox 500 streams video from your TV or DVR (or any analog source) to your PC, tablet, smartphone, and some streaming boxes at resolutions up to full 1080p HD. IR blasters are built into the box’s body, eliminating the need for annoying extra external wires. There are no monthly charges or fees. Unlike the step-down Slingbox 350 model, this one adds Wi-Fi and HDMI support, as well as the ability to stream photos and videos from Android phones and iPhones.
The bad: At close to $300, it's fairly expensive. Smartphone- and tablet-viewing apps cost extra. It duplicates some of the features found on TV anywhere apps you may already be using. As always, streaming capabilities are only as good as your home bandwidth.
The bottom line: While you'll pay a premium for its extra features, the Slingbox 500 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere.Read CNET's Full Review Back to Holiday Gift Guide
October 31, 2013 3:29 PM PDT
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