Hey there all, hopefully your week is going as well as ours. For those of you who follow the blog regularly, you’re probably already familiar with our Thursday afternoon Product Spotlight post, but for those of you who don’t know about it there’s no reason not to go back over it a bit.
Basically, once a week we recommend a single product that one member of the Komplett staff has bought and is thought warranted a recommendation for those of you out there who might not otherwise encounter it.
Click through to see the WD TV product page
Western Digital’s TV is basically a small set-top box. It’s got its own remote, acts as a USB host and is capable of decoding and playing back high definition content. The interface is also far prettier than most of the other media players out there.
So, as you might have guessed, the idea is that you just plug in an external hard drive and it’ll let you play any of the media on the device out directly from the drive to a TV. It’s ideal for those of you who don’t feel like investing the time and effort in putting together a home theatre PC, but would still like the ability to play a library of videos of any size directly out to a display.
The WDTV HD Media player itself is €89 and you can see the extensive list of different formats it supports, as well as customer reviews, over on its product page.
Of course, for some this will necessitate picking up an extra external drive. If you’re a bit judicious you can use a drive you’ve got lying around, but frankly the amount of swapping a drive in and out it’ll cause can be a bit of a headache. If you’re looking for a nice external to just sit out of the way and take a full TB of media, then we recommend the Western Digital Elements, if only because you’ll be hard pressed to find an external 1TB drive for the same price and it’s a solid piece of kit.
Click through to see the product page for the Western Digital Elements
The Western Digital Elements is €77 and if you’re interested you should check out our product page for it. It’s been excellently reviewed, with all of the customers who’ve bought it and reviewed it giving it full marks :)