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Item: 164144    Model: MD199LL/A

Apple TV®
4.5stars
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Apple TV®
 
4.7

(based on 321 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (244)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (235)
  • Simple controls (201)
  • Attractive (189)
  • Improved audio/video (112)
  • Convenient (3)

Cons

  • Difficult setup (5)
  • Does not improve audio/video (5)

Best Uses

  • Home (213)
  • Movies (163)
  • Office (33)
  • Professional (32)
  • Music (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (106), Enthusiast (102), Power user (51)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (191), Yes (66)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Easiest media player you can buy

Being someone that owns two generations of these devices (this model which is the 3rd generation and the previous 2nd generation model), I can tell you this is the easiest to use media...Read complete review

Being someone that owns two generations of these devices (this model which is the 3rd generation and the previous 2nd generation model), I can tell you this is the easiest to use media player on the market. It's also a no brainer to purchase one of these if you have any iPad, an iPhone (3GS, 4, 4s, or 5), an iPod Touch (3rd generation 32/64, 4th gen, or 5th gen), a Mac, or if you're an avid user of iTunes.

The setup is fairly simple. You connect the power cord to the device, connect an HDMI cable between the device and the TV, and plug it in; optionally, you can also connect an ethernet cord for wired networking and a TOSLINK cable if that's how you feed surround sound audio to your surround receiver or sound bar. If you're connecting to WiFi, I highly recommend using a dual-band router; if you don't already have one, Staples carries a large selection at reasonable prices. I've found that my AppleTV devices work much better on a 5GHz network than they do at the traditional 2.4 GHz.

Once connected to the network, the device may prompt you to do a firmware update. Firmware updates add new features and fix things that don't work right, so I highly recommend updating when you can. You'll also want to setup the iTunes integration; you'll be able to use your iOS devices (with an app) as remote controls, and you'll be able to play movies, music, TV shows, podcasts, and other media in your iTunes collection on the AppleTV this way. You'll also be able to access your PhotoStream directly from the AppleTV.

Access to the different services will have a similar look and feel, meaning that the way you'd access Vimeo would be similar to how you'd access YouTube. Netflix and HuluPlus access is also very similar to each other. Store access for movies, TV shows, and podcasts is also similar to each other and straightforward. Just play with it and you'll learn it quickly.

Another reviewer mentioned jailbreaking. There is no jailbreak for the AppleTV 5 at this time, so don't plan on adding functionality beyond what Apple integrates into the device, or what can be added through AirPlay-enabled apps on your phone. If you don't care too much about shared media playback through iTunes, or AirPlay from your iOS, Mac, or iTunes, consider a Roku box instead, as Roku is meant for multiple kinds of streaming services. In fact, I can tell you that if you don't use iTunes and you don't have any Apple devices or computers, I can't recommend the AppleTV to you because it'll be nothing more than a box you'd access streaming services with, and not the highly functional box that it is for those of us that do use Apple devices, computers, and iTunes.

All in all, if you have Apple devices or you use iTunes, there's not really a reason to not get the AppleTV.

Also, on a technical side-note - If you have an AppleTV 2 and a 1080p TV, upgrade. If you have an AppleTV 2 and a 720p TV, it's not really worth the upgrade. If you have an AppleTV 2 and an older HDTV (capable of 1080i but not 720p), upgrade; the AppleTV 2 only runs your older HDTV at 480p, where the AppleTV 3 would run it at 1080i.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Maybe good if you are married to Apple

I returned this as it was totally useless for me. It is tightly integrated into the iOS platform. You cannot stream directly from your computer, unless its through itunes. Everything has to go...Read complete review

I returned this as it was totally useless for me. It is tightly integrated into the iOS platform. You cannot stream directly from your computer, unless its through itunes. Everything has to go through apple software. Till there is a jailbreak for it, stay away unless all you want to do it stream from itunes.

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5.0

Great gadget

By Wood

from Brooklyn

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Apple TV®:

This is the 3rd Apple TV I have purchased for my family. The first one was for our livingroom and it was such a good thing to have for the pic's and video's that I bought 2 more for our bedrooms. Youtube and Netflix have no issues. Access to our different iTunes libraries is great.

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4.0

You can almost dump cable or satellite..

By Paula

from Phoenix AZ

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Apple TV®:

Apple TV is getting to the point that people can soon cut their ties with their expensive cable or satellite company. They are offering an increasing number of "channels" and programming. Perfect to that TV or home with without access to other services. it's simple to use and most people can install and use it with ease.

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5.0

Apple TV

By TT

from Washington DC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple TV®:

Needed a second Apple TV for another home. Currently have the original Apple TV with the hard drive and thought this would be lesser of a unit, however am pleasantly surprised to the functionality. Have been able to connect ITunes library and photos library from the laptop easily. small learning curve when you are used to the hard drive version. Can not wait to explore the other apps on the home screen which are not easily seen on the hard drive version. Apple Radio is a great feature to listen and store favorite channels. All the other streaming apps are great features as well.

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5.0

OH YEAH, this is great

By TG

from Youngstown, OH

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Apple TV®:

Bought a smart TV and added APPLE TV. Great combo, Fun too.

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5.0

A Great Product

By N Mehta

from Rochester, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple TV®:

This is really a great product. I love Apple products. They are a class above other similar products. I have used other DVD players with wi-fi in the past, and even though they work, they are not as easy to use or as intelligent. Easy set-up, just follow the on-screen directions. I have another one installed for more than a year, and haven't got any problem so far.
Best part is, my husband who is not tech savvy at all finds this easy to use and prefers it above all other options. In You Tube, when he is trying to watch an Indian movie - which is in several small parts - he doesn't have to search for the next part every time. They automatically get organized - only in Aaple TV. That's why I call it intelligent. Thanks Aaple.

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