"Does what I need it to do, and does it well"4.5 starson by chuckster-NJ
Pros: Ease of use
Supported Video and Audio Codecs
Cons: File listing of Shared Network Drives is less than optimum...
Summary: If you have a significant amount of digital media (videos and photos) a multimedia palyer is a must. I do. The FreeAgent Theater+ fit the bill very well
I had it out of the box, installed, and viewing photos in less than 5 minutes.
Home Videos I have stored on disk play without a hic-up
It plays the HD (.ts file format) recodings from my Beyond TV DVR over the network perfectly
Some Finer Points
(1) The Remote is the perfect size with just the right amount of buttons
(2) The size of the Theater+ is small and doesn't take up much space
(3) If you use the optional Wireless Adapter in the front USB Port it seems to get in the way of the remotes signal....
(4) Navigating the home network is a breeze
(5) Did a firmware upgrade and it is very very simple
(6) You-tube is a nice addition (it would be nice if there was an external keyboard rather than the screen point and click keyboard for searches...maybe some sort of wireless thing that plugs into the front USB)
What could be better?
(1) On the remote, have a button to momentarily light the other buttons (it is a bit awkward in the dark when watching a flick to find the pause/play button)
(2) Include some sort of a web browswer (need a keyboard though)
(3) File listings could have a better implementation
Overall it is a great little box....so much so that I purchaed two more after the first