Pros Ease of use. has detected all my music and videos and pictures.
Cons I have not had it that long just got it today and really like it ... no sorry LOVE IT.
Summary My configuration :
Onkyo receiver - Optical for audio
HDMI switch - for video
Harmony 890 remote control
WD TV live - using both HDMI and optical (i have an older receiver with out HDMI connections)
Pros Good GUI, Fast Firmware, Excellent support for files plays almost every format under the sun.
Cons No Keyboard support so far. I hope the next firmware comes with a USB keyboard support. Does not plays all the videos on Youtube.
Summary Does not plays all the videos on Youtube. This is very deceptive as the box says it plays youtube, but the hidden fact is that it plays only those videos which are specifically allowed for TV viewing. This is a licensing issue between google and WD. It would be nice to mention this little information on the box. The player does not have a external keyboard unlike its Segate counterpart, which is very helpful while searching videos on youtube. Another little drawback is that this player does not have a separate volume control of its own and it give a fixed level of output sound, which is generally the max sound of the video being played. Nevertheless this product is an excellent value for money and even with its little drawbacks, this product is highly recommended. Its firmware is lightening fast even with high definition video. I tried playing HD movies of 1080p from my NAS and it felt like watching a Blue Ray movie. The firmware upgrade is fast (in 5 min) and it can auto detect a new firmware if connected to the internet. network settings are very simple and it immediately detects any media server present on the network. It has a feature called network share which allows it to play media directly from your laptops or desktops shared folder (Firstly a shared folder needs to be configured on the laptop or desktop). This player like many others supports the use of the external HDD connected to it to be used as a network drive.
All in all this is an excellent product and I am very happy with it, hence would definitely recommend it.
Pros Plays most formats -- but so does every other player in the price range
Cons Poor GUI, Chapter advance on Remote does not work with standard chapter marks. No DVD or BD menus. Less stable networking than competing devices
Summary I had one and had the common problems one sees on user forums. But after buying for tryout some of the competeing products , and reading the extensive hands on reviews of the A200 coming out in two weeks, the warts and problems of the WD are glaring.
Pros It plays most of the common video formats. The picture quality is good. The size is great - I've stuck mine on top of the TV on the wall.
Cons AAC audio suffers from random dropouts every few seconds, even though the specification claim that it can play AAC.
If AAC is important to you, I suggest you check with the WD forum to see if they've fixed the firmware yet.
Summary Shame about the AAC audio, otherwise great.
Pros Ease of setup, ability to play multiple video formats, beautiful 1080p rendering.
Cons The addition of the ability to see hulu/fanspot/etc.. content and rent movies would, in my opinion, make this an Apple TV killer.
Summary It took longer for me to plug the HDMI cable into the back of my television than to get the device setup. In 10 minutes I was watching video content stored on my mac that was in another room of the house. The WD TV live is initially slow while it searches any attached drives for content, but runs very smoothly after the search is complete. I had high expectation for this product when I purchased it, and it definitely delivered.