Sling Media M1

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83

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Slingbox M1 review: A pricey streamer, but worth it for frequent travelers

Summary

With the addition of built-in WiFi and a $30 price cut, the M1 is a solid replacement for the Slingbox 350. While it does still have a higher upfront cost than competing products, it can also stream content that no other device can -- namely, live sports and any other content you've already paid for through your cable subscription. If you're a big sports fan or a frequent traveler, this could be a worthwhile purchase.

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Pros
  • 1080p video quality
  • Integrated IR blaster
  • Built-in WiFi
Cons
  • Relies on IR for control
  • Pricey compared to competing products
  • Only the desktop app is free
  • Can't watch via the browser
Slingbox M1 review: A pricey streamer, but worth it for frequent travelers

It's been 10 years since Sling Media was founded, and here we stand with the fifth-generation Slingbox, the M1. Like all Slingboxes before it, the M1 can stream live and DVRed programs to your mobile devices, but this time, it's $150, making it the least expensive model yet. In particular, it's $30 cheaper than its predecessor and boasts the same feature set, but with the addition of built-in WiFi, so you don't need to park the box next to an Ethernet jack. So do the price cut and built-in WiFi make it a more worthwhile purchase? Let's find out.

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Breakdown

Video quality
7.7
Design and form factor
8.0
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

M1

Type
Audio / video player
Video outputs
Component, RCA / composite
Audio outputs
RCA stereo
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

M1

Type
Audio / video player
Video outputs
Component, RCA / composite
Audio outputs
RCA stereo
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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