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Review on Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV

The previous year’s media player launched by Seagate was almost liked by everyone and one reason for that is it supported almost all file formats. The GoFlex TV is an updated version of that model being more compact now and now includes an additional slot for Seagate’s hard drive that works with both Mac and Windows. The media player will help you view the multimedia files that are stored on the computer on your TV. This feature is available in Xbox 360 and PS3 but our model is been designed targeting budget conscious consumers.

Connection option includes HDMI out, Ethernet connection, component video connection and also supports all file formats. You can use either a 500GB or a 320GB GoFlex drives from Seagate in the built in slots provided. You will have to plug those hard drives into the UBS port. You can store music, video and images on the hard drive and view on the HDTV. To make things easier, Seagate has included a software which will help with the file transfer and organizing.

You can however connect any type of storage devices using the USB port but the only problem is if you use any drive other than GoFlex brand then you cannot hide it. You can connect your digital camera through the USB port and view photos on a HDTV. That is not yet, you can also view the videos on a HDTV from your connected pocket camcorders. Whatever contents your storage device includes, they will be displayed on the menu system which is pretty easy to use.

The device is not that fast like the Microsoft and Apple media players but however takes only a little more time. The media player can be connected to your TV in two different ways: one is using the component video out, if you wish to view HD resolution videos and the other option is using the HDMI out. Do not worry if you don’t have a HDTV but only an old model as you can still connect using the included cable through the composite video connection.

If you wish for digital audio then you can connect using either HDMI or optical digital output. The included remote control includes controls that you would have seen in a DVD remote. The media player supports almost every file format. The supported video formats include XVid HD, MOV, AVC HD, H.264, WMV, M2TS, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 etc. Audio formats supported are AC3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ASF, LPCM, ADPCM, WAV, M3U, MP3 and also PLS (playlists).

The smaller the TV better the quality. It doesn’t matter how you are connecting the device a small TV. You may connect using a component cable, composite cable or HDMI, the picture remains high when viewing a small TV. Wireless connection is possible but you have to pay another $50 or so to purchase the Wi-Fi adapter which is to be connected to one of the USB ports. The new GoFlex version includes most of the internet streaming options like Netflix, vTuner, YouTube, MediaFly, Picasa, Flickr etc. There are also apps for Weather and Finance but we missed an app for Pandora.

The remote control is not super strong and hence you need to point directly at the IR port in order for the device to respond. The device can be purchased for just $100 online which is good for media player because they face huge competition from Blu-ray players who include internet streaming services as default. There are many media players but it faces close competition from WD TV Live Plus which is similarly priced and lacks a WiFi but to its advantage, it includes a Pandora app.

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