Toshiba StorE TV+ review: Toshiba StorE TV+

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good

Average User Rating

3 stars 1 user review
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The Good Broad file-format support; neat LCD display; reasonably priced.

The Bad Yawnsville user experience; no support for album art; can't search music by album or artist.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba StorE TV+ is a competent multimedia streamer with an ill-judged interface that few would want to live with. Despite broad file-format support and a capacious hard drive, it's frustrating to use.

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The Toshiba StorE TV+ is like a delusional contestant on Britain's Got Talent. It thinks it can sing, dance and entertain the masses, but, in reality, it has trouble just holding a tune.

We'd hoped this multimedia hard-drive streamer might bring a savvy consumer-electronics sensibility to what has often seemed a parochial product category -- after all, it's a Toshiba device. But it doesn't. What we actually have here is a PC peripheral with a bad sense of direction.

Our 1TB model costs around £110, but 500GB, 1.5TB and 2TB drives are also available.

Design

The StorE TV+ makes a great first impression. The glossy black box is small, and sports an appealing high-res LCD display. The small size of the device has been achieved by using an external, 12V power brick.

Toshiba StorE TV+ remote
Behold the remote.

Having any form of display is a novelty in this category. Toshiba uses it to offer a simple status update as to where the device is looking -- the local hard drive, a USB stick, a memory card and so on.

Connectivity

Connectivity is also good. There's an HDMI output, phono AV, Ethernet jack, digital coaxial output, three USB ports, and a three-in-one card reader, compatible with SD, MultiMediaCard and Memory Stick media. You can hook an external CD/DVD drive up to a USB port, and discs will automatically play through the StorE TV+ when inserted.

Toshiba StorE TV+ memory-card slot
You can whack your memory cards into this slot.

Getting online is easy. The StorE TV+ comes with a Wi-Fi dongle in the box.

Features

The user interface initially impresses and navigation is intuitive. High-resolution graphics represent the local hard drive, any connected USB devices or memory cards, any external DVD drive, and your networks. Once on our LAN, the StorE TV+ effortlessly located an assortment of network-attached storage devices and PCs. 

There are several ways of moving content to and from the device. You can stream across a network, or simply use the host USB connection and drag your sound and vision files directly to either the music or video folders on the device.

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Where to Buy

Toshiba StorE TV+

Part Number: CNETToshiba StorE TV+

Typical Price: £110.00

See manufacturer website for availability.