The Good Flexibility to install your own hard drive. Supports a wide range of video formats. Very portable for recorded TV.
The Bad Woefully unstable. Pressing remote buttons is a guessing game. Woefully unstable. Loses TV channels. Did we mention it's a bit on the unstable side?.
The Bottom Line A great list of potential features in this PVR is undone almost entirely by instability issues, leaving the AP-360T as a unit best avoided.
Astone Media Gear AP-360T
Editor's Note July 27, 2010: Our performance update with a fresh unit as supplied by Astone has been appended to the bottom of this review. As the functional details of the unit are still the same, our comments on the design and feature set remain as they were.
We've commented before that most small media player boxes all tend to look a bit similar. In the Astone Media Gear AP-360T's case, we feel we've hit a tipping point. If it wasn't for the Astone logo on the front of this bleak black box, we wouldn't be able to tell you who made it, or why, but we'd have a pretty good guess as to what it did. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the epitome of simple but dull design. There's a blue light on the front to indicate that it's on, type A and B USB ports on the front for connecting up remote storage, and component, composite, HDMI, Ethernet, USB A and SPDIF and optical audio-out on the rear.
The Astone Media Gear AP-360T's remote control looks fairly generic and busy, but the layout works well enough. The remote control itself is another matter, which we'll address a little further on.