Western Digital WD TV Review

If you are a computer media junky like your’s truly, getting that media to your analog and digital television can present a challenge. Like in, how does one do it?

Wonder no more my friends. Western Digital has a great affordable answer to this challenge.

I bought the Western Digital WD TV set top box about a month ago and have been putting it to the test with various types of computer type media. To put it bluntly, I’m impressed with this unit. In the past 30 days, I have yet to throw a file at it that it won’t play or view.

For those of you with analog tv’s, it features a composite cable output. For those of you with up to 1080P high def tv’s, the WD comes with an hdmi hookup.

Because my tv’s are somewhat older and don’t utilize an hdmi input, I have been using the composite cables to view the media. Once you have the WD TV hooked up, you need only to copy your media files to a flash drive (thumb drive) or any usb connectible storage medium. I have tried it on both a portable WD hard drive and a flash drive and both work flawlessly.

Types of media:

Plug and play. If you can hook up the cables, this thing pretty much guides you to the point of playing your media. Very user friendly.
View’s nearly every media format out there. I have yet to have it reject any media.
Comes with remote
Small footprint

Remote is small – you could lose it.
Slight delay sometimes with selecting media with remote – this is a very minor con.
If you lose the remote, you will have to buy a new one because it is the only way to control the unit.

Rating: 10/10. Simply put, WD TV hits on all cylinders. It is simple to use, plays almost all formats of media, and is very affordable for what it does. Highly Recommend.

Price as tested: $90 from Newegg.com


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  2. I’m having a format problem right now. Got a series of video files in MPEG-4 format that my dvd burning software won’t recognize and recode to burn to dvd. I’ve tried four different encoders and can get none of them to work. The wife is getting vexed with me, as it’s something she wants to watch on the teevee and not on the puter. Short of ordering one of these boxes and adding yet another thing wired into my teevee (running out of plug-in space here) do you have any suggestions?

  3. glad to hear darev! i thought the same thing when i was having the SAME problem.

    dvdflick also works great if you have a dvd that is scratched. just rip the dvd to your computer and re-burn it to a blank disc. i’ve fixed a few of my girl’s dvd’s that way.

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