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The rating on this review has been lowered due to changes in the competitive marketplace. The reason is simple--the Digital Entertainer HD plays more file types and has tons of features, plus it advertises its ability to play high-def p video.

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The feature set is NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player outstanding: On the downside, the lack of But the Netgear is arguably the most versatile digital media device we've seen to date, and with the addition of some firmware updates and fixes, there's no reason it can't get even better. Design With dimensions of 1.

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Aesthetically, the design is fairly bland but not unattractive. The front panel has only a single light for power, which unfortunately can't be dimmed or extinguished. The only button is the power button, and the rest of the front panel is blank, save for a USB 2. No front panel controls definitely give the Digital Entertainer HD a sleek look, but if you lose the remote you're out of luck unless you opt for the browser interface--see below. We would have preferred if the stop button was NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player a slightly more prominent place, but it's more of a quibble than a knock. Overall, the remote design nicely complements the menu system, and it's pretty easy to get the logic of the Digital Entertainer after only a few minutes of playing with the device.

There are no front panel controls, but the remote is better than average. NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player


You need to install Netgear's software on your computer to get things working. After it's installed, you access and navigate the "software" in your Web browser.

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It looks a bit rough around the edges, but you won't really have to use it that frequently--if at all--once you've completed the initial setup. The browser interface essentially replicates the EVA's onscreen navigation--essentially, you also can use the software to remotely control the Digital Entertainer HD.

It sounds redundant--and it is--but the ability to remotely control the EVA from a laptop is useful if you're just streaming music to your stereo and don't want to turn the TV on. Connectivity The Digital Entertainer HD offers a solid jack pack, highlighted by HDMI and component video output, which are capable of displaying images in true high-definition.

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For audio, you'll find both optical and coaxial digital audio outputs, plus a standard analog stereo output red and white RCA jacks. The Netgear sports dual antennas for wireless networking reception, but it's limited to On the front panel, there's also an additional USB 2. Digital Entertainer HD has just about every possible jack imaginable. This is a nice option, as the USB 2. Likewise, those who prefer PC-less network storage will be happy to know the Netgear should work with any type of networked attached storage, and it's DLNA compliant though we didn't have any NAS drives on hand to test. While we're on the subject of hard drives: Unlike the Apple TV, it doesn't have an internal hard drive, so if you turn off your PC or external hard drive, you'll be limited to the online resources that the Digital Entertainer NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player can access.

The first three options give you access to the media you have stored on your networked computer, network attached storage drive, or even on USB drives plugged into the Netgear itself. Each of the categories has different but similar methods for sorting through the files. For example, the most useful categories for music are Artist, Album, and Genre, and the Digital Entertainer does a good job of picking up tag information. There are also additional categories, such as Year and Decade, as well as Folder, which is supposed to let you browse the file structure on your PC.

The onscreen graphical interface lacks the slick panache of Apple TV, but it's functional--and the navigation is lightning fast. We had a small problem with the way the Digital Entertainer displays folders--across all media types--as it NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player gives you access to the deepest folder level.

For instance, if you have a main folder for The Eagles and a subfolder called "Greatest Hits" the album title NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player, as well as a main folder for Queen and a subfolder called "Greatest Hits" again, the albumboth the The Eagles and Queen files will appear to be in a single folder called you guessed it NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player Hits. VOB," and you won't know which is which. We're hoping Netgear can improve this feature with a firmware update. The menu system on the Digital Entertainer HD is clean and serviceable, but it's not nearly as slick or animated as the one found on the Apple TV. That said, one of the first things we noticed when we started playing with it is how fast the menus are--whereas other network media devices can lag a bit, the Digital Entertainer HD is extremely fast.

It really makes a big difference when you're searching through thousands of media files. We also liked that the Digital Entertainer HD was fairly flexible in terms of being able to customize options.


You can set the screensaver delay time and change the image, and there's also the ability to choose different skins, although we couldn't figure out how to access additional skins other than the default. File compatibility and media support One of the strongest points of the Digital Entertainer HD is its file format support. However, we can't say that protected NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player files played back easily.

For example, we purchased an episode of Arrested Development from BitTorrent's new online store and tried to stream it over the Digital Entertainer HD. Our initial attempt was met with a "Media Protected" message, so we did some digging through the manual and determined we needed to upgrade to Windows Media Player 11 we were running version Once downloaded and installed, we gave it another whirl--and got the same message. Finally, after digging through some of the media sharing settings in Windows Media Player, we were able to get it to work, but there was no audio Netgear NETGEAR EVA8000 Media Player aware of the problem and is currently working on a fix.

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