Pros BD menus (useless anyway)
Cons -Everything about it is beta.
-Very poor support both by maker and almost no users in user forums.
-Atrocious network connectivity,. Unstable and problematic on even most hardy wired network with basic network shares off of home server handing WDTV, and R
Summary My father in law got one of thee as a gift. I used a WDTV and Asus, and have helped friends set up Seagate, Boxee and Roku media players with little to no problems. The NeoTV is by far the most problem and bug ridden of any media player I have ever seen. It does not play well with home networks, and I have been dealing with networks for almost two decades. It drops network shares on otherwise extremely stable networks.
The firmware is a mess. there are any number of typcial user functions that will freeze the unit an this with a really rather inelegant GUI.
NeoTV hawks BD playback as a differntiator, but no one who has these media players for any liength of time is using disk anyway, and those that do would be 1000x better off with a standalone BD player and a robust media player like Roku or WD.
Lastly, there is questionable follow through by maker (essential with these boxes) on firmware, the main early issues have not even been touched with firmware updates
Pros - DVD/BD ISO menu/chapter/BD-Live support
- DTS-MA/Dolby Digital TrueHD playback/downmix
- Cover art thumbnail caching
- Media share PIN locking privacy
- HDMI, toslink, eSata,USB ports
- Fast streaming to online media
- Great video and audio quality
Cons - No WiFi and only 10/100 Ethernet (no GigE, no biggie)
- Boring plastic construction (look at the video instead)
- Sometimes freezes
Summary I've been waiting for a media player for a long time that can play all my ISO files. I owned a first gen WDTV device but it wasn't able to play some of the newer HD video and digital audio formats. Don't listen to other reviewers who think Roku, WDTV, Boxee players are better. Perhaps they are better at playing more online media content but they simply cannot playback menus, chapters and digital surround audio correctly like the NeoTV can. The newer firmware appears to have resolved a lot of the issues people have had with older firmware. It may sometimes freeze but at least it gives you the ability to send the crash report to Netgear automatically when it comes back up. This hopefully allows Netgear to determine the cause and provide a fix for the next firmware update. I can go on talking about the many benefits of the NeoTV but you will just have to research and see it for yourself to become a true believer like me. This is truly one awesome media player!