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By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-10-22
 
 
 

Apple TV: Hands-on Tests Show It's a Good Buy

by Don Reisinger

Apple TV: Hands-on Tests Show It's a Good Buy

The Apple TV

The Apple TV is a small, black set-top box that delivers some hefty performance for such a minute device.

The Apple TV

The Miniature Apple TV

The Apple TV fits easily into a persons palm. Its one-quarter the size of the original Apple TV.

The Miniature Apple TV

Apple TV Connectivity

Consumers looking for all kinds of connectivity with the Apple TV wont find it. It boasts only HDMI, Ethernet and optical audio.

Apple TV Connectivity

The Intuitive Menu

The Apple TV features one of the most functional menus of any set-top box on the market.

The Intuitive Menu

The New Remote

The new Apple remote boasts an aluminum finish and fits nicely in the users hands.

The New Remote

Apple's Movie Selection

Overall, Apples movie selection leaves much to be desired, but at least it isnt as bad as the devices television offering.

Apple's Movie Selection

Apple TV's Poor Television Selection

The Apple TV includes content from ABC, Disney and Fox. Other major networks are missing from the service.

Apple TV's Poor Television Selection

Netflix in Action

The Apple TV includes Netflix streaming, which works extremely well on the set-top box.

Netflix in Action

Access to YouTube

Those hoping to watch the "Evolution of Dance" once again can do so with YouTube on the Apple TV.

Access to YouTube

The Extras

Apples set-top box includes extra functionality, such as the ability to view Flickr photos from the device.

The Extras

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