Walt loves Apple TV

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal offers the first hands-on review of the Apple TV.



Gadget godfather Walt Mossberg is first out of the gate with a review of the Apple TV, and he likes what he sees. It seems that Apple's first A/V product designed for the living room worked exactly as advertised. Over 10 days of testing, Mossberg (and colleague Katie Boehret) was able to stream the iTunes-based music, video, and photos from six computers--three Windows PCs and three Macs--without a hitch. Even more impressive was the fact that the video streaming was stutter-free, even though he was testing with an older 802.11g wireless router rather than the state-of-the-art 802.11n Wi-Fi version that's built into the Apple TV.

The full review at Mossberg's Personal Technology site (which, curiously, does not require a subscription even though the paper's main site does) goes on to point out the key limitations of the device--it only streams iTunes content, and only works with HD or EDTVs--as well as some feature comparisons to the streaming and video download services available on the Xbox 360 (one of several competing devices ). You can also watch Walt and Katie's YouTube-esque video review embedded above.

CNET will have a full review of Apple TV soon.

Video link from mac-essentials.de via Engadget

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John P. Falcone is the executive editor of CNET Reviews, where he coordinates a group of more than 20 editors and writers based in New York and San Francisco as they cover the latest and greatest products in consumer technology. He's been a CNET editor since 2003.

 

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