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Reviewed by rogerv (Currently owns)

I wanted to love this device. The form factor and price are terrific. The software is pretty nice, but the responsiveness is pretty awful at times. This is not an always-on type of device (unlike the Roku). If I leave it alone for a few hours and come back, I often times find myself unplugging it to reboot which is very inconvenient.

The responsiveness of the remote is also pretty horrendous. Typing on the full qwerty is delayed. Quite often if I press one letter it will repeat it a number of times (e.g. 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA' instead of 'A'). The trackpad isn't one-to-one with my movements - I feel like I'm petting it.

Video playback is smooth and I love the fact that I don't have to switch inputs to watch Netflix. There are no dedicated apps for, Amazon, HBO Go, etc and there are a lot of blocked services in the web browser.

The long and the short of it is that for $99, you should buy a Roku.

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  • Design 7
  • Software 4
  • Content selection 6
  • Performance 3
  • Accessories, remote 4
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