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Testseek.com have collected 33 expert reviews of the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player and the average rating is 78%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player.
Award: Recommended November 2009
November 2009
 
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The editors liked

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Can attach USB hub to attach more drives
  • Many video formats supported
  • 1080p support
  • Silent
  • Easily connects to your TV using a variety of connection types
  • Vast codec support
  • Internet connected with a variety of content available
  • And more on the way
  • Supports a large number of file formats
  • Including plenty for high definition content
  • DVD folder and DVD ISO playback worked very well
  • HDMI output
  • Networkable (wired connection built in
  • Pending support for USB wireless adapters)
  • Easily discovered and accessed networked computers and NAS devices
  • Sleek
  • Minimalistic aesthetics
  • User interface is very easy to navigate
  • It's flexible! Wired or wireless
  • Streaming or local storage
  • FreeAgent Go HDD or just a thumb drive
  • True 1080p performance over HDMI
  • With Dolby Digital and DTS audio
  • Supports a wide variety of digital media formats
  • Plays a large variety of file formats
  • Including iTunes
  • Automatic media file detection and sync to the FreeAgent Go portable hard drive
  • Portable hard drive docks directly into the media player without cables
  • Small and compact unit that you can pick up and reconnect it to another TV
  • Easytouse main menu
  • Easytocreate slideshow with music.
  • Easy to set up and use Easytounderstand Quick Start Guide (printed) and User Manual (on CD)
  • USB port on both front and rear of unit for accessing content on USB devices
  • High defintition video playback capability 1080p capable HDMI output
  • Firmware Up...
  • 1080 output
  • Wide codec support
  • Media playback device that plays music
  • Image
  • And video files from USB storage or streamed via network
  • HD output up to 1080p
  • Integrated slot for FreeAgent Go storage drive
  • Compact
  • Stylish design
  • You can connect up to two mass USB storage devices-...
  • Support for a wide range of video formats
  • Network access via LAN or USB WiFi adapter
  • Great integration with FreeAgent Go
  • HDMI and optical audio
  • Video in 1080p HD
  • NetFlix integration
  • Ability to attach external hard drives
  • Emits no noise
  • Great quality and speed

The editors didn't like

  • Laggy UI response
  • Limited Internet content
  • Most Internet content not HD
  • Doesn't use USB drive to buffer streamed content
  • Optional wireless adapter difficult to configure
  • Primitive user interface
  • FreeAgent Go portable hard drive connection seems cumbersome.
  • Internet applications aren't overly exciting (for now
  • Hopefully choices will improve)
  • User interface actually seems like a step backwards from original FreeAgent Theater
  • Overall appearance is bland
  • File browsing
  • Photo viewer
  • And music player are somewhat crude
  • Device can be slow to respond to remote control commands
  • Didn't play every file that seemed to be supported
  • No HDMI cable include
  • Remote control range somewhat limited
  • Would not play all my files
  • Most of which are not 1080p
  • No DRM support
  • Slow to connect to large media libraries
  • Slow to load large files
  • Indexes the files on the Freeagent Go hard drive each time you turn on the unit
  • So you have to wait to access the files
  • Poor remote controltounit communication
  • Wireless dongle drops connection to the internet more often than other network media players
  • EasytoUse Home Screen
  • Seagate FreeAgentHD Media Player Menu
  • T
  • Internet content access does not include streaming services such as Netflix or Rhapsody
  • No controls on unit functions accessible only via remote control
  • Remote Control response sluggish
  • HDMI Cable not included
  • Very short Ethernet Cable provided.
  • Some codecs not implemented
  • No front panel controls
  • No built-in Wi-Fi (wireless option costs an extra $70)
  • Internet services are limited at launch.
  • Menu interface is a little too minimalist
  • Slow performance when first reading USB drives
  • Internet features are underwhelming
  • Slightly more expensive than equivalent competitors
  • IR Remote buttons tough to press.

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  Published: 2011-02-23, review by: lanoc.org

  • The GoFlex series is a perfect example of not knowing that something needed changed until they showed how it could be better. I was perfectly happy with the FreeAgent drives we have used in the past but now that I have the flexibility to use eSATA on m...

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  Published: 2010-09-17, review by: umlan.com

  • Video in 1080p HD, NetFlix integration, Ability to attach external hard drives, Emits no noise, Great quality and speed,
  • IR Remote buttons tough to press.
  • What can I say, another great product from Seagate!. FreeAgent Theater+ really does make home entertainment easy and fast. No more looking for the way to connect your computer to your TV to view a video or looking trough a card readers to find the set ...

 
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  Published: 2010-05-20, review by: smallnetbuilder.com

  • Relatively inexpensive, Can attach USB hub to attach more drives, Many video formats supported, 1080p support, Silent
  • Laggy UI response, Limited Internet content, Most Internet content not HD, Doesn't use USB drive to buffer streamed content
  • Inexpensive networked media player supporting many audio, video and image formats plus Netflix and assorted other Internet content...

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  Published: 2010-03-08, review by: digitalhomethoughts.com

  • Easily connects to your TV using a variety of connection types, Vast codec support, Internet connected with a variety of content available, and more on the way,
  • Optional wireless adapter difficult to configure, Primitive user interface, FreeAgent Go portable hard drive connection seems cumbersome.

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  Published: 2010-03-01, review by: hdtvsolutions.com

  • The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player is an easy to use device that connects to your home network and the Internet and plays back a wide range of digital media formats and streaming content on to your HDTV in up to 1080p resolution. Digg ...

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  Published: 2010-02-17, review by: bigpicturebigsound.com

  • It's flexible! Wired or wireless, streaming or local storage, FreeAgent Go HDD or just a thumb drive, True 1080p performance over HDMI, with Dolby Digital and DTS audio, Supports a wide variety of digital media formats
  • Remote control range somewhat limited, Would not play all my files, most of which are not 1080p, No DRM support
  • The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player Solution makes good on its promise to deliver 1080p digital audio/video content to the living room by way of an affordable, versatile, and upgradeable device. And the ability to copy and store our entire ...

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  Published: 2010-01-25, review by: pcworld.com_techhive.com

  • 1080 output, Wide codec support
  • Some codecs not implemented, No front panel controls

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  Published: 2010-01-01, review by: about.com

  • Plays a large variety of file formats, including iTunes, Automatic media file detection and sync to the FreeAgent Go portable hard drive, Portable hard drive docks directly into the media player without cables, Small and compact unit that you can pick up and reconnect it to another TV, Easytouse main menu, Easytocreate slideshow with music.
  • Slow to connect to large media libraries, Slow to load large files, Indexes the files on the Freeagent Go hard drive each time you turn on the unit, so you have to wait to access the files, Poor remote controltounit communication, Wireless dongle drops connection to the internet more often than other network media players, EasytoUse Home Screen, Seagate FreeAgentHD Media Player Menu, T

 
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  Published: 2009-12-17, review by: vrworld.com

  • So, what do I think about the Theater+? Well, I have to say that I like it for the most part. I do wish that Seagate would introduce a version with a TV tuner though. This addition [with a FreeAgent | GO Drive] would turn the Theater+ into a small easy...

 
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  Published: 2009-12-03, review by: techolive.com

  • Abstract:  What do ya know, our first video review. We won’t beat around the bush on this one, so join us after the break to watch the vid and get a closer a look at Seagate’s new media player with a small gallery and the score breakdown afterward.ScoresPrice: 8W...

 
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