We’re looking into the whole world of media servers, players, etc ( just bought our first LED-LCD TV)
So - trying to decide what’s best for us and the WD products look great - but having seen the reviews, not sure we need the Plus version ( this review is from last year, July 2010) - what can some one answer about this?
Before I get started, let me give you some background. I’ve owned 2 WD Live (non-plus) models for about a year. I upgraded the 2 non-plus models to (2 of them, so you can’t blame faulty hardware) plus models, which was a big mistake. The reason I did this was that the WD Live is a great product and I wanted to add Netflix support.
So let me start with the positives
*It plays practically everything
*The interface is simple and straight forward
*Support for Youtube, Pandora, Netflix
*Streams 1080p with no issue
*Really easy to setup
Now for the negatives
*The firmware is buggy. There hasn’t been a single firmware released since the product has been out either.
*If your networked drive is asleep, the Plus will hang at connecting 95% of the time (non-plus wouldn’t do that). You have to do something else on the device before trying again or turn it off and on again to try to connect again - It’s like it caches the info
*Takes like 30 seconds to turn on (non-plus takes like 2)
*Menu navigation is slower compared to the non-plus
*It won’t remember the place you stopped in a movie/show if you turn off the device (non-plus didn’t have this issue)
*Netflix - you can’t ‘search’ for a movie. You can only pick from the selection that is presented. If you want add other movies, you have to do that from you computer.
*If you drop connection while connecting to Netflix, then the device will not try the connection again after you fix network issue. You have to shut off the box and turn it back on
*You can’t customize what network devices to show on the menu. It shows all devices on your network (same issue with non-plus)
So I would suggest skipping the buggy Plus version getting the WD Live Non-Plus, because that is a great unit, and do netflix via your tv, wii, ps3 or 360.