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Despite the ongoing march of Blu-ray into homes across the country, there's been no let-up in the number of media devices that enable you to get all the media you've collated on your PC – whether movies, music files or photos – and access them on your TV in another room. These boxes of joy can deliver the goods stored on your PC in a variety of ways: by having a built-in hard drive that you can put your files onto, like the D-Link Boxee Box or the Western Digital WDTV Live Hub; by simply plugging an external hard drive into the device, as the AC Ryan PlayOn! HD2 Mini does so well; or by streaming them from your computer over the air, like with the AirTies 4420, which is capable of punting full HD movies from one place to the other. The Netgear NeoTV 550 takes the latter approach, but it also doubles up as a network-attached media player, allowing you to stream content from the internet, such as YouTube videos, or listen to radio stations. The NeoTV also caters for those wishing to get their media kicks through a locally-attached storage device. You can plug in a USB memory stick and a hard drive at the same time via the two USB slots, you can stick in an SD card – which is ideal for photographers or those using a handy cam – and there's even an eSATA connection – brilliant if you're connecting a large hard drive with lots of files on that you want to access quickly.
Although this isn't Netgear's first media centre, the manufacturer claims to have started again from scratch with the NeoTV 550 so as to build its new device on solid foundations and with plenty of room for future development. The NeoTV 550 is therefore the first media centre in a very promising new series thanks to its high-end decoder chip, full compatibility with copied Blu-rays and an intelligently designed interface. This media centre is compact and well finished but it's not designed to be loaded with an internal hard drive. To play files you have to hook up a USB or eSATA peripheral, or use the SDHC card reader or play content over a network. As there's no fan, the NeoTV 550 is perfectly quiet when in use. However, the decoder chip isn't fitted with an aluminium radiator to keep it cool so you're best off not leaving the NeoTV 550 in a confined space such as an enclosed bookshelf or cabinet to help prevent overheating. The NeoTV 550 comes with an excellent remote control. It's nice to hold and the buttons are phosphorescent to help you find your way around in the dark. As practical as that may be though, we'd still rather see properly backlit buttons like in PopcornHour media centres. Navigation is based on a kind of catalogue or index of files.
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