Apple TV (2nd generation)

Basic Specs

Media streaming AirPlay, PC, Mac

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Width 3.9 inches
Depth 3.9 inches
Height 0.9 inches
Weight 0.6 pounds
Color Black

Software

Audio codecs supported WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless, Audible
Video codecs supported H.264, MP4, M-JPEG
Media streaming AirPlay, PC, Mac

Output ports

HDMI output(s) 1
Digital optical audio output(s) 1

Connectivity

Ethernet 1
Wi-Fi Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi support 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a
USB 1

Bundled remote control

Connection type IR
Remote model Apple Remote

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by drumsmack (Currently owns)

    It plays nice with other recent airplay capable Apple hardware, but works great on its own as well.

    My 42in Sharp Aquos (09) is only 720p so the Apple TV resolution limit is fine for me. I mainly use this to watch Ted video podcasts and infrequently rent movies this way. I also use it to stream music from my apple devices into the home theater 5.1 setup occasionally. AirPlay mirroring is slick but I prefer to surf in the pad with the power hungry CCFL Aquos on standbye.

    My only complaint is that software updates wipes the wifi password: and must be reset with the slow method (included remote with on screen keyboard) otherwise I would have raterd this 10 as well. Nice clean simple UI.

    The remote is an example of minimalism gone too far: but it works fine. Button cell lithium makes replacing the battery kinda silly but not for a long time!

    The hardware is sleak and incredibly small for a home theater setup: the hdmi dongle looks massive on the tiny device. Power consumption is awesomely small whilst the visual and audio performance is massively awesome.!

    What a great price/ value as well. Even for a frugal shopped this is butter in Apple hardware prices.

    In terms of performance it boots instantly and is snappy in general. Lots of content but nothing to rival the web yet! It also lags behind Comcast in so many critical content ways.

    ITunes prices are stiff for movie rentals: if you are going to watch more than 2 per month go with a Netflix account to save $ !

    Not perfect but it gives roku a run for the money, especially if you are invested in Apple hardware that can AirPlay to this magic black puck of av goodness.

    Very well done!

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by wickemu (Currently owns)

    The Apple TV is perfectly sized to fit in any home theater, and its added functionality for those with iPhones or iPads is undeniable. Its interface isn't the best, but when used with the remote app on an iOS device, it is very easy to access the content you want. 720p is less than desirable; 1080p is a must for anyone with a big screen.

    I have all of my content sorted through iTunes, and with Home Sharing enabled, I can access every morsel of that through the Apple TV. Additionally, with various iOS or mac apps, you can push video or audio in non-sanctioned formats and have them transcoded on-the-fly. Pushing Pandora music is also very smooth.

    This isn't the best it can be until it's 1080p, and it is definitely not as smooth without the iOS remote app, but it is still one of the most-used devices in my AV cabinet.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by Dieter Bohn (Currently owns)

    I'm a big fan of the hardware design, but the software leaves me a little cold. I don't like that content on my computer is so separated from content streamed from iTunes — it really needs a better universal search. Entering text is terrible with the remote but pretty good with an iOS device. Streaming from iOS devices works really well.

    My biggest gripe from a content perspective is that it doesn't support Hulu Plus.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by joshuatopolsky (Currently owns)

    I have to say, while I love the Apple TV for some things — it's not a perfect box. It's still desperately in need of more content choices, and navigation with that remote is pretty much a nightmare. I still have a Roku box hooked up as well, so it's not a single solution. But soon... maybe?

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Nilay Patel (Currently owns)

    We use our Apple TV constantly to rent movies, watch Netflix, and stream music and video over AirPlay. I've also been using AirPlay mirroring with my iPad 2 a lot. It works great for all of these things, although it's not always easy to find the movies we want to watch, and I wish it had app support for streaming video from other content providers. (NFL Sunday Ticket would be a dream come true.)

    AirPlay is terrific, though; if you've got an iPhone or iPad it makes the Apple TV a must-have accessory.

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