Apple TV At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Apple TV


Video: HDMI (1)/DVI (via adapter), component video (1)
Audio: HDMI (two-channel, 1), digital optical (1), analog stereo (1)
Additional: Ethernet (1), USB 2.0 (1)
Wired: 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet (1)
Wireless: 802.11b/g Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 2.0 (1, EDR)

Supported Formats:
Video: MPEG-4, QuickTime (MOV)
Audio: AAC, MP3
Supported Resolutions: 480p, 720p, 1080i; 575p, 720p, 1080i at 50 Hz
Hard-Drive Capacity: 40 gigabytes
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 1.1 x 7.7 x 7.7
Weight (pounds): 2.4

Ratings: Apple TV

Build Quality: 86
• A thick rubber base makes this ventless machine nearly silent
• Just don't stack anything atop the Apple TV logo, or everything gets mighty hot!

Value: 87
• Not a pricey buy-in for a hot new standalone (after setup) living-room CE box
• All the best outputs, but no cabling included

Features: 88
• As an iTunes extender, it does all you could ask for, but. . .
• Format compatibility is limited, and there are no inputs or audio/ video encoding

Performance: 89
• Wireless connection is easy to configure and lightning-quick
• iTunes videos hold up relatively well when you display them on a large HDTV

Ergonomics: 94
• Its greatest strength; a minimalist remote and clear menus
• Seamless integration via robust Wi-Fi

Overall Rating: 88
Apple's first home theater component combines high style and high-end connectivity. It features exquisite controls but a mixed understanding of what high-definition consumers expect. I love the digital audio and video, but they might be overkill for current iTunes fare.

General Information
Apple TV, $299
Apple Computer
(800) MY-APPLE

Apple Computer
(800) MY-APPLE