Popcorn Hour A-110 HD Networked Media Tank Review

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The Popcorn Hour A110 has been available for a few months now and we’re hearing good things about.  Unlike many other streaming media players (think Apple TV, PS3 etc) the PCH’s hardware handles full 1080P HiDef without any issues.

The PCH is around £220 and althought it only has a hard wired Ethernet socket built in, there is now a USB Wifi adaptor available.  The WN-100 is a 802.11n (draft 2.0) USB device that allows you to bridge your home network to a Popcorn Hour.  Engadget have just published their review of the PCH…

“When it comes to media streamers we don’t expect much, as it’s the content we’re interested in, but the two most important factors — temperature and noise — were both easily covered by the A-110. The box is dead silent and doesn’t seem to generate much heat at all. Next on the list is connectivity, and that is pretty good, too. There are two regular USB ports — one on the front and one on the back — for things like USB thumb drives and one USB-PC adapter that can be used to connect to a PC so if you installed an internal hard drive (it makes the A-110 an external HDD but EXT2 support on your computer is required”

It’s not all good news though.  Like us, Engadget found there are a couple of downsides to the Popcorn Hour.  The UI simply can’t compete with the beautiful interface that XBMC / Plex / Boxee provide.

“The software isn’t all good though, as it’s missing eye candy like animated transitions and transparencies. There are a few really unusable parts of the UI as well”

This leads to the second issue..

“we would certainly recommend it to anyone who fits the geeky type. But its strongest feature is also its biggest drawback, as we would never recommend this to the simple type — you know the general population”

All-in-all though, if you are looking for 1080P HD streaming (including MKV blu-ray rips) at a price and you can live with the UI, then the PCH may well be for you.

Buy Popcorn Hour Here  :  www.popcornhour.com  :  Read the Engadget Review

3 Comments on "Popcorn Hour A-110 HD Networked Media Tank Review"

  1. my friend says this thing is awesome.

  2. IndoMaffia | April 6, 2009 at 1:17 am |

    I have the PCH A110 1 year… The UI is a personal thing there are UI themes so change it in like 2 secs. En the THEMES look better then all cause they are in FULL HD…hehe.. En PCH is very Active almost each month a Firmware update…

    It can do more and perform like a charm…
    I told my friends about it. And without thinking they have one at home now and are very positive.
    And those people are just a normal family man without much experience an installed it..

    I think if you have one…then judgement will be much fair then reading about it.

  3. “The software isn’t all good though, as it’s missing eye candy like animated transitions and transparencies”

    Well, since it’s not the menus I tend to spend my time watching it’s actually not really important. The UI is simple and realtively fast, just as supposed to. Leave the eye candy to bloated stuff like Vista.

    With the NMT Community Software Installer you can do even more.

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