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Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 865 reviews of Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the portability and size are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the battery and reliability, and reviews about the storage and sound are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 383 user reviews of Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviews about the portability and size are overall positive. The price and performance also get good comments. There are some negative reviews about the battery and reliability. Reviews about the memory and sound are mixed.

usability, performance, price, size, portability

reliability, battery

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: WD TV HD Media PlayerWD TV HD Media Player

Oct, 2018

Recommended!

Expert review by : Edward Chester (trustedreviews.com)

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

The cheapest and easiest way to unleash your digital media collection onto your home cinema.

Comprehensive format support ; Easy to set up ; Fast

No included HDMI cable ; No rmvb support

If you're the type of person that has a comprehensive digital media collection and that doesn't already have a fancy media centre setup with networked storage and the like, the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player should be right at the top of your...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

WD TV HD media player has a media converter that allows you to convert your music, video and photos files into a format that can be used on the device. It also makes it possible or you to playback full HD videos of a maximum of 10180p. The photo file...

When it comes to compatibility, the device can play back different types of video files but not all audio files can be played back. It has an on-screen interface that is easy to use and you can use the remote to go through all the entertainment choices...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (macworld.co.uk)

WD TV review

 

Would you like to connect any existing hard drive to an HD TV, allowing you to play music or video files as store through it? With the WD TV from Western Digital you can do just that. We take a look.

Connects any USB hard drive to a HD television

Can’t read iPod song names properly, can’t play copy-protected songs from iTunes Store

If you just want a way to connect an iPod to your TV then a simple iPod dock with video output is the best option. However, if you’ve got a large collection of music and video files stored on a USB hard drive you’ll find that the WD TV is one of the...

Feb, 2009

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Expert review by : Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Western Digital WD TV (HD Media Player)

 

As we stride purposefully into the 21st century and beyond, more and more people are storing digital content on their computers -- especially when it ...

Hassle-free set up, user-friendly interface, extensive file support, tailor-made for HD TVs

HDMI audio occasionally out of sync with video, sluggish and tiny remote

If you want an easy, hassle-free way to transfer HD content to your TV, you could do a lot worse than the WD TV. While short on fancy features, it offers a simple solution for computer-free media playback, including high-definition movies. Highly...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : John Marrin (wired.com)

Review: Western Digital WDTV Live Hub

 

Media streamers typically don't have a fat 1-TB hard drive attached. This one does.

It’s a streamer! It’s a server! Robust format support. USB keyboard compatible. Extremely easy to set up, especially remote-admin features. A/V quality is sharper than Carl Sagan’s intellect. Simple and responsive interface. 1080p resolution: Suck it,...

You can only search and browse for content on one device at a time. Cables and full manual not included. No built-in Wi-Fi and no Hulu support? We no like. Online streams can be slow to start. Some features can get buried in backwater sections of menu....

Nov, 2010

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Western Digital TV HD Media Player

 

Editors' note (July 22, 2010): The rating of this product has been changed slightly since its initial publication to reflect changes in the marketplace. See the review of the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV for comparison.

Network digital media streamer; Netflix, MediaFly, Flickr, MediaFly, and Pandora Radio built-in; Live365 channel; YouTube channel; HDMI out; two USB ports; digital optical audio out; quick, easy-to-use interface; includes composite and component wires.

No Wi-Fi--separate accessory required.

If you don't already own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player and you're serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is one of your best choices for getting content to your TV.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

WD TV HD Media Player (winter 2009) review

 

There's an interesting new niche market developing in the media player arena as storage companies like Western Digital, SanDisk, and Iomega look for a way to tap the growing number of consumers who have multimedia files stored on their computers and...

Compact adapter allows for playback of USB-based multimedia files on TV; reads a lot of file formats; both HDMI and composite video connections; able to connect up to two mass USB storage devices at one time via side- and rear-mounted USB ports; up to...

Couldn't play back audio on some files; no networking capabilities; eSATA, FireWire, or flash media reader options would've been nice as well.

While it isn't infallible, the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player plays back a wide array of audio, video, and image files on your TV without the need for a computer.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

 

The WD TV HD Media Player shuns wireless streaming; instead you use it to make your media portable via USB drives.

Affordable. Excellent file support—including for HD video and lossless audio codecs. Simple, intuitive user interface. Includes file-conversion software.

No wireless streaming. Doesn't include a USB drive. Unremarkable physical design.

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Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Brown (maximumpc.com)

Western Digital TV HD Media Player

 

Western Digital's WD TV HD Media Player is missing two components commonly found in digital media players: a display and storage. What the device does have is two USB ports, HDMI and composite video outputs, digital and analog audio outputs, and the...

Supports a host of popular media formats, codecs, and containers

Awful DAC; doesn’t support DivX, WMA Lossless, or any encrypted media

Speaking of music, the WD TV supports almost all the popular file and container formats, including AAC, FLAC, MP3, Ogg, and WAV. We do wish, however, that it supported WMA Lossless. The player displays album art and artist, album, and track name...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Andreas Ødegård (anythingbutipod.com)

WD TV HD Review

 

The time where home theatre computers and expensive media boxes were the only ways of getting content onto your TV is over, and the market is filled with cheap solutions that will let you play music, photos and videos on your TV. One of the cheapest...

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

Store your HD content on a USB drive. Plug the drive in and play HD movies, digital music and family photos on your WD TV. It

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:AAC / AC-3 / AIFF / DTS / FLAC / LPCM / MP3 / OGG / PCM / WAV / WMA/AAC / AC-3 / AIFF / FLAC / MP3 / Ogg Vorbis / PCM / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Device Type:Digital AV player
External Control Devices:Remote control
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB
TV Standards Supported:PAL

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10cm
Height:4cm
Weight:303g
Width:12.6cm

Ergonomics

On/off switch: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV / AAC, FLAC, MKA, MP3, OGG, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG
Subtitle formats supported:SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB
Video compression formats:H.264, MKV, Xvid / VOB

Header

Country Kits:Africa / Europe / Middle East/Europe
Manufacturer:Western Digital
Model:WDBABG0000NBK
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:WD TV

Motion Video

Video Playback Formats:AVI / H.264 / MKV / MOV / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / WMV / XviD

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Other features

Connectivity Technology:Wired

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0 / USB/HDMI
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Power requirements:100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz

Still image

Slide show: Yes
Slideshow:Y

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / GIF / JPEG / PNG / TIFF

Storage

Supported file systems:FAT32, HFS+, NTFS

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10
Dimensions (WxDxH):125.5 x 100 x 40
Height :4
Weight:302.5 / 303
Width:12.5