Okay… This is seriously an epic fail in my opinion. Why for the love of all that is holy can’t they implement a search feature for netflix? What if I don’t own a computer? I don’t want to have to log into my computer to put something into the instant cue. This just seems silly. It’s sort of like the PS3 and how you had to have a stupid netflix disc in to make it work. Give us the full netflix experience please. There is no reason not to give us a search feature. And don’t give me that lame excuse that typing on the remote is a pain in the butt. It is a little bit… But not as big of a pain in the butt as having to grab my computer, search for the title I want to watch, put it into my instand que, and then watch it. Also… Anyone who owns one of these, you must absolutely go buy a wireless USB keyboard… it’s fricken awesome!!! I haven’t touched my remote since getting the wireless keyboard.
Also… give us a full web browser… There is no reason there shouldn’t be a full web browser. Epic fail…
Also… and this isn’t an epic fail, but given that Western Digital has long been known as being a hard drive company… why in the **bleep** would they only put a 5400RPM drive in this thing? Anyone that knows anything about professional audio/video knows that you really need to have a 7200RPM drive to get good performance. I should be able to watch an HD movie while copying files to and from the internal drive without a bunch of choppiness in the movie. I can’t… this bums me out. So I have to put all of my HD movies on an external USB drive with a 7200RPM drive in it to avoid this. This seems a bit redundant seeing as how there is a fricken 1TB drive already in the thing.
One more thing… the GUI is pretty nice actually… A lot better than I thought it was gonna be… But it may be nice to do a firmware update that would allow the use of a mouse as well. The other issues are far more important though…
Just a little recap here
#1 - Full Netflix searching capability - (I shouldn’t need a computer to use this product)
#2 - Full functioning web browsing - (I can do it on my 1G non-smart phone, why can’t I on here?)
#3 - Faster Hard drive (5400RPM is not fast enough for HD video and hi-res audio 24bit/96khz)
#4 - A slightly improved GUI woudl be nice
Any comments are welcomed… Be warned that I teach Audio/Video Engineering and am also an Avid computer geek… so know your stuff if you plan on flaming - because I will own you…