Pros What it finds on your HDD it'll play, but beyond that there's not much to like
Cons Where to start...well, I guess by saying that it doesn't work as advertised.
Summary The software that accompanies this unit is so primitive and ineffective it's beyond me how it could even be released. After working the the Prismiq customer service reps on numerous occasions trying to get the wireless cards to work (two that I bought new and one that Prismiq sent me), I eventually freaked out and simply ran CAT 6 cable. I will compliment the customer service reps I worked with. They were very patient and cooperative, and it's not their fault that they're forced to deal with a media streamer that simply doesn't deliver.
Like I said in my 'Pros' comments, the content that the software (Prismiq MediaManager) does find and import does seem to play just fine. The problem for me is that it seems to randomly skip over all sorts of content. None of it is copy-protected or tainted in any way, it's just as if it's not even there. For example, I have roughly 5,000 mp3s on my computer, and after allowing MediaManager to scan my system it only found about 2700. ***!?!
Anyway, don't waste your money. Wait until these companies figure out how to build a good medai streamer, cause if you buy this one you'll end up with a sour taste in your mouth that's tough to get rid of.
Pros Streams audio and video well with ethernet connection. Internet radio is nice. Connection and set up is simple. Remote control works well.
Cons Browser is lame compared to what you're used to. Setting up playlists can be a hassle. No LCD display to view content. No component video out.
Summary I use the Prismiq mainly for streaming audio via an ethernet connection. I've also used it to view recorded video from my PC's t.v. tuner and to view digital photos. In all three cases it works well. The Prismiq is ideal if you have a huge collection of music that you don't want to burn onto CD's to play in your main listening area. The one fault I have with video is that you can't fast forward/rewind in the traditional way (it does a "burst" fast forward/rewind, e.g. if you press fast forward it'll skip to about 30 secs ahead). The browser is pretty useless. It's slow, not too graphical, and not to what you're used to. It's good for quick weather or stock reports.
You point the Media Manager software to scan your media directory and it sets up playlists based on file folders. This can be a hassle as you may have to restructure your file folders. There is no LCD display on the unit and therefore you have to always turn the t.v. on to view content, which is user-unfriendly if you just want to listen to music right away. Lastly, there is no component video output, which some newer mediaplayers have. Overall, the Prismiq does an adequate job at streaming audio, video, and photos. If you can tolerate the small quirks and don't need a browswer, then this is a pretty good buy if you want to enjoy listening to music, viewing photos and video in your main media room. Otherwise, you may have to wait for the do-all, perfect mediaplayer to show up.
Pros This unit has a built in web browser that would be really neat if it worked as well as a PC browser. It is not possible to download pages from some sites. Seems to have trouble with Java code. Has decent PC software to organize your media files but I fou
Cons It was a nightmare to setup the wireless port. They tell you to contact support to find out what versions of wireless card they support but its not until you but the wrong one that they send you the list with actual version numbers. Even with the right c
Pros Cheap; simple interface; quality sound
Cons No local buffering so wireless streaming doesn't work
Summary I bought this to use for streaming my mp3 collection, and it serves the purpose very well. I was disappointed that the wireless streaming was unreliable because I had to punch an ethernet cable through my wall. Once that was done, streaming was perfect. Also very nice for viewing videos and pictures stored on your hard drive. Once again, forget about videos unless you hard wire it.
Pros wireless streaming music and TV in G, UPnP support for RealPlayer Rhapsody, relatively stable wireless IF there is nothing between the router and the box
Cons internet surfing is useless without keyboard, streaming video can be touch-and-go, remote signal can be jumpy
Summary I've been pretty happy with this device. I have mine wirelessly linked with a PCMCIA G card - nifty feature I haven't seen anywhere else. I initially had a ton of interference playing back music and video playback was impossible. I get a solid signal throughout my house - my laptop never drops the signal - but the PRISMIQ, while close to the router and with practically nothing physically obstructing the signal, it would drop at times and video playback would literally lock the darned thing up forcing me to unplug it.
An antenna extension for my router seems to have improved things dramatically though.
Complaints - poor level 2 support from the company. That and the lack of support for WMA / WMV or RMS file formats for video means big fat MPEG files that aren't compatible with services like Movielink for video on demand.
The one subscription service they are VERY compatable with is Rhapsody. The addition of this service turns the PRISMIQ into a 800,000 song music libary - very cool if you're willing to shell out the $10 a month for access.
Overall a decent product, but I'm thinking it would have been easier to go wireless with the PC video signal to the TV instead.