"I so want to love this...but really..."3.0 starson by RogueWolf13
Pros: When it connects, it works great.
I love the streaming content.
Works pretty well with my v1 HDTV (i.e., component connections to 1080i)
Fairly good DVD player.
Cons: When the connection fails its abysmal. And it drops of its own accord.
I get a little bit of left/right overscan in 1080i.
The WPS function seems to work but doesn't take.
It has 1GB of memory, why can't it buffer ahead when streaming content?
Summary: So, right now, I am really frustrated. I purposely use a wired connection. Last night I was watching a Netflix movie, missed something and tried to rewind. No connection. I JUST HAD IT A SECOND AGO! The network drops for no apparent reason and comes back when it feels like it. And both the wired and wireless become non-functional. I tried the WPS process to get a wireless connection. No dice. When it was complete, I could see it from the router management-view...and then gone. I came across a similar reference that suggested putting the device in the router's DMZ...really, that's the best option?There is nothing on the LG website to remotely be of assistance (I think there are four knowledge base articles related to all of their video products). The live chat didn't function.
The quasi-keyboard navigation is another pet-peeve. The advanced form of "hunt and click" required for YouTube searches or (gawd forbid) trying to set up a 64-character WPA key) for the wireless connection is cumbersome. It would be nice to be able to connect a USB keyboard.
So with all of this, I really don't hate the product--if I did, it would be a lot easier to return it. When it has a mind to, it is a pretty incredible device. I used "The Fall" to test the Blu-Ray out, and other than some overscan (mostly noticeable during the credits), I was really happy. It's been hit and miss as it relates to the DVD display, with one title forced to 480p no matter what I tried and the other upscaling fine to 1080i.
So yeah, I am frustrated. I get a glimpse of nerd-nirvana, and then it gets yanked away. And what I am left with (for the moment) is a pretty expensive DVD player.