Simply put, if you can connect a VCR or DVD player to a TV, there is no reason to fear the EM7280. The toughest part of the installation consists of dealing with Phillip's head screws for the hard drive installation. Once everything was connected all of the basic functionality of the unit was just a few thumb presses on the remote away. I transferred a bunch of movies, music and images to the EM7280 over the USB 3.0 cable and via the 1000Mbps LAN connection. No complaints to be had on the speed of the USB 3.0 transfers or the 980Mbps max I saw over the LAN connection. There really wasn't anything to hinder you from bringing this unit home, unpacking it, and within fifteen to twenty minutes having digital audio and/or HD video playing through your home entertainment center.
The only issue I had was with the NZBget control panel. I logged in as instructed through my router via my laptop, and I got right into the basic page displayed. Where my issue started was in the configuration of the application; this is where you set your information into the unit to allow it to grab the download cue file, download it, store it, and be ready to play it. I contacted Eminent on this issue and was sent a link to a YouTube video and a link to where I could also gain more information. Once I watched the video, played around a bit and stopped using Chrome for IE, I was able to get in and get underway with accessing .nzb files. I do like that I don't even have to have the box connected to a PC, or have to transfer the files. You log in remotely via a PC or laptop, configure what you want, and the EM7280 handles the rest. Can you really ask for more?
Now, I realize that I don't have any other benchmark to compare this to, but all I can say is this is the perfect solution for my needs. With the advent of tablet PCs, they are almost as common as phones these days and users prefer not to surf the web on their TV, and I am the same way, so the lack of a browser isn't a big deal to me. What was a big deal was that I got a tiny little system that plays stored files, streams via the network, downloads torrents and even has a few of the major places one would go on the net to get streaming music, podcasts, or many other sources of standard and HD material. Considering I know how to install a hard drive, I would opt to get the version without a drive for the £130 price tag I was seeing. On the flip side, getting a 1TB drive installed for an additional £70 and a 2TB option for only £30 more than that, the pricing is really reasonable.
Even for those thinking a HTPC to do exactly what this offers really makes no sense unless a browser is a must on your TV. I know I can't even come close to building a solid HTPC unit capable of what this has for $200-300 USD where this unit is priced. It's a real shame these aren't available in the States, because the EU and UK buyers have something I know you wish you could get your hands on for your home theater!
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