September 30th 2012 8:13 pm

78

If you can do without WiFi streaming, go with the lower-end model instead

78

The 500 costs as much as the older Slingbox Pro-HD, but doesn't do much more, save for streaming over WiFi. Most users would be fine with the cheaper Slingbox 350 instead.

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Critic reviews

7.2
10 reviews
  • Media support
    6.8
  • Video quality
    8.4
  • Audio quality
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Design and form factor
    7.7

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User reviews

9.0
1 review
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Video quality
    10
  • Audio quality
    10
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
7.0
Engadget Oct 9, 2012

Perhaps with future updates, the Slingbox 500 will grow into more than just a media streamer with WiFi. For the time being, though, we'd recommend you go with a Slingbox 350.

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9.0
CNET Dec 21, 2012

While you'll pay a premium for its extra features, the Slingbox 500 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 12, 2012

The nicely updated Slingbox 500 remains the best way to watch cable TV channels and recorded content on the go from PCs and mobile devices, but the Slingbox concept is beginning to show its age.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 9, 2012

However, before we can give the $299 Slingbox 500 a higher rating, we need to know that the features that will make it unique actually work. Until then, this is an above-average premium place-shifter with an above-average design.

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5.0
GigaOM Oct 9, 2012

It is launching with new devices that out of the box don’t add that much functionality over the previous generation. Sure, 1080p is nice, but matters little on a phone screen, and just a little more on an iPad.

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5.0
Wired Oct 18, 2012

Ultimately, the Slingbox remains the ultimate tool for folks who want the experience of watching live TV at home when they’re not at home. ... But the price seems out of whack relative to its capabilities, especially in this age of on-demand everything.

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8.0
TechHive Oct 9, 2012

The Slingbox 500 is more of an investment in a potential combination place-shifting device and media streamer—or for people who need to use a Wi-Fi network.

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8.0
Time Oct 9, 2012

A Slingbox is still the simplest way to watch it when I’m not at home–or even when I just happen to be in another room. It’s good to get reacquainted with this gadget, in an incarnation that’s simpler and more capable than the version I got addicted to back in the last decade.

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7.0
TechHive Sep 15, 2014

The SlingTV offers the same great place-shifting experience as the half-priced M1, but the added features here don't warrant the extra cash.

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