"Yet another Apple Stunner!"4.5 starson by qosmioamit
Pros: -Wireless streaming of all iTunes HD content to the TV and/or home theatre
-Youtube, Online media, Boxee and XBMC (minor hacking required)
- Plays most popular media formats
- Wirelessly talks to the iPhone and iPod touch via Remote app and WiFi
Cons: -Cannot smoothly stream .mkv extension
-Lacks a power button for quick restarts or to conserve power
-HDD not replaceable
Summary: I recently purchased the Apple TV 1st generation. I bought it two days after the 2nd gen was announced, since the Apple Store is offering a clearance sale on the 1st gen. It is a $100 cheaper!
The product has a very cool and simple looking design. It has no buttons whatsoever and all the ports are on the back, there is a USB port, optical audio port, component ports, HDMI port and power. The product has a built-in wireless N adapter and it is very fast. The best part about the Apple TV is the fact that it can be hacked and modified in so many ways. The best feature is the Boxee and XMBC app that allows wireless streaming of personal content to the TV via the Apple TV. Boxee has dozens of apps built-in and it is a real treat! The Apple TV 1st gen with the lower price is a better deal than the Boxee Box! The Boxee aapp also has an iPhone/iPod touch app that makes it easy to type in the Boxee UI.
I would have liked to see Netflix support since Apple is in cohoots with Netflix Inc. However, they are promoting the 2nd gen and they don't plan on upgrading the 1st gen at all. :(
Overall, this hobby is an asset in my living room and it certainly adds quality to my home theatre experience.