Seagate sent me one of the FreeAgent Theater + HD Media Players to review. Then a week later while I was thinking about what I was going to do with it another one showed up with a Hard Drive included. So then I was able to review it.
The FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player leverages a docking system unique to Seagate FreeAgent Go™ portable drives and accessories, providing a quick and easy way to connect your external hard drive to your television or home entertainment center. After loading the drive with your favorite movies, videos, music and pictures from the home PC, simply slide it into the FreeAgent Theater+ dock to get instant access to your digital media library. With the FreeAgent Theater+ player, you can just sit back, relax, point, click and enjoy as digitally captured memories and your favorite movies come to life in 1080p HD video, DTS™ 2.0 + Digital Out, or Dolby Digital technology.
The interface is easily navigated with the included remote control, and you can choose from video, photos or music with the up/down arrows on the remote to make your selection.
The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player includes two additional USB ports for connecting other USB attached storage devices. Also incorporated into FreeAgent Theater+ is an Ethernet port for network connectivity, which allows access to digital media through your home network. Seagate intends to launch a USB Wireless Adapter in October to enable this same access with 802.11n wireless connectivity to a home network. Enjoy it all, with the included new and improved remote control, from the comfort of your couch.
In a language you can understand:
FreeAgent is a way to save all of your media in one place and keep your computer storage down. Not only does it hold all of your media but you can hook it directly to your cable and to your tv, making it your one stop media outlet.
Copying over your music, movies, and photos is a breeze and takes no time at all. Seagate makes great hard drives. We’ve been using them in our home built machines so I’m really happy with the hard drive. I’m just not fond of the user interface.
The user interface is very easy to use it is just lacking subfolders. You have a folder for your photos but when you are coping them over it doesn’t copy subfolders over. All it did was find every picture on my hard drive and copied them over onto it’s hard drive and then they were all in one folder. It makes finding a specific movie, song or photo extremely difficult when you are talking about 500 GB’s of data.
I also have a Window’s Media Center Machine that takes care of all of my media. I wanted to see how the two compare. The comparison is that there is quite a bit of difference. I didn’t get to spend very much time with it before my husband gave it to his sister. So that must say something about the quality. It was good enough to give to family and to me that says a lot.
The portable drive is amazing though and completely worth the money.
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