Western Digital WD TV Play

81
Global
Score
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

Western Digital's latest streaming player takes on Roku and Apple, with easy access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more, and includes full 1080p HD playback, WiFi, and Ethernet, all at a very affordable price. In addition to supporting many (though not all) streaming video services, the WD TV Play excels at playing back locally stored content. As Ars Technica puts it, with support for "a variety of video container formats," the Play is "the best at making all of your local content available without any fuss." Media-player expert Dave Zatz concurs, saying the Play "significantly outperforming native Roku and Apple TV capabilities in this area." Zatz also liked the Play's user interface, saying that its use of "Android-esque" widgets and apps sets it apart from the competition.

from $329.95+

Scores

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Breakdown

Media support
8.4
Video quality
7.2
Design and form factor
7.8
Ease of use
7.6
Audio quality
8.0
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Specs

WD TV

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Video services
Netflix, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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Specs

WD TV

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Video services
Netflix, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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8.6
 

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$119.88
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Shield Android TV

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84
 

Critic

7.6
 

User

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$199.99
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