Turn your TV into a smart TV. Now your TV can be Internet enabled to access a huge selection of online streaming channels without a computer. Instantly watch thousands of movies. Enjoy thousands of streaming movies and TV shows from Netfl ix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, and more. Easily browse YouTube clips or listen to Pandora on your TV. Built-in WiFi from the leader in home networking. Easy to connect high-speed WiFi delivers the best 1080p HD streaming performance with the reliability you can trust. Play personal media with easy navigation. Access your video, photo or music collections from USB or DLNA drives and easily search for content with the included QWERTY keyboard remote control.
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches ; 1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
- ASIN: B0096KLQN0
- Item model number: NTV300SL-100NAS
- Batteries: 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 6, 2012
Works fairly well, but has some issues.
Setup was fairly easy but you do have to be careful since some screens have different inputs to move to the next screen. After going through all the steps and connecting to my router the Neo said there was no internet connectivity then promptly started an update. The update took about 10-15 minutes (which I guess isn’t bad since the Neo said it couldn’t connect to the net). Then it went back to the setup screen asking to connect to my router again – you have to be careful here, press “skip this step” or you will have to set up your connection again, entering your password, etc.
While setting up I did feel you have to be careful with the remote, it does not have a wide range, it must be pointed directly at the Neo.
I tried streaming some of the free channels, some worked quite well, but most were choppy. I went back to these and tried again with the same result. Several channels, e.g. Discovery would not load (I feel waiting 1 minute is more than enough).
I, personally, favor the Roku player we have, it has Amazon Prime and does not have any play back issues.
Works well for the most part
1) Great size and (puck) form factor – does not hog space at all. Similar to previous version.
2) The remote is actually a big step up from the previous one. Holding it feels less flimsy. The 4 “colored” buttons are now incorporated within the “joystick” control area, so you may end up pressing one of them instead of an arrow button or vice versa, but you get used to it after a while. The alphanumeric keyboard on the other side is great for searching content and entering your credentials to various apps – the only issue I have is that I am not able to get the keys requiring the ALT key to work, so ended up using the on screen keyboard for those characters. Need to check it out.
3) The “My Media” feature is a great addition, but very poor on video format support. It played MP4 files, but not certain AVI files or MTS files. My PS3 or PC plays all of these without any issues. Note that the “My Media” option is hidden under “Most Popular” menu on the main screen, so you may need to add it to your favorite list explicitly. I tested that the USB connection also works in addition to DLNA, but did not test the Micro SD slot. Bottom line – you have so many ways to play your own files on this little thing, but you may be disappointed with the type of (video) files that it will actually play.
4) Responsiveness of the menu options and actions and transitions between screens is still a major problem. I would say it has gotten marginally better with the NTV300SL, but nowhere compared to a PS3 or even a Roku. Especially with network content, loading or scanning (FW/RW) is very slow, but once loaded, I did not see any hiccups in playback. Also, the video quality is amazing – as close to the original quality as possible.
5) One feature that was on the Roku, but not on NTV200S was the ability to hook it up to non-HD TVs using AV-out (Composite video, RCA audio). This one has finally added that ferature, so your device has greater use across most displays. The optical audio out is now gone, so it is either the analog out or HDMI for audio. I do use optical audio out from the NTV to my receiver, but the removal of the optical audio out was not a problem for me as my TV would give the audio fed into it via HDMI back to my receiver via its own optical out, so I can still get 5.1 channel audio on my receiver even if it does not support HDMI. If your TV cannot do this and you are expecting to have 5.1 audio in any way other than HDMI, then tough luck.
6) I am reserving the best for last – Intel WiDi. I have to feel sorry for Netgear, as it may not be their fault in most cases that so many people have trouble setting up their wireless display even though their laptops supposedly support it. I went through this nightmare initially with the NTV200S and my Dell XPS notebook, but when I connected the NTV300SL, surprisingly, it just worked like a charm – nothing new to setup. There are so many steps that need to be done in the correct sequence for Intel WiDi to work with any device (source and target may need to be on the same wireless network/band, may need to install wireless card driver, display driver and Intel WiDi in that order etc.) that it is very easy for most users to get frustrated at this product. For those that mentioned about the blank screen with a mouse pointer, there would be a step where you need to enter the secret code to establish a secure connection between the devices and after that you would see your desktop. The other reason may be that you are actually seeing the extended desktop on the TV screen and may have to move windows over to the extended desktop to use it.
Overall, this is a fine device that gives Roku and other similar devices a run for their money. Knocked one star off for some of the issues listed above.
Comparison to Roku 2 XD
1. Set-up is easy, almost the same as Roku
2. Better Netflix queue than Roku
1- Significantly slower than the Roku…by a magnitude of at least 10.
2- Playback issues…Hulu is slower and the last 2 seconds is cut off every show/commercial…Netflix is 2-3 times slower
3- Instead of going into sleep mode like Roku, the Neo goes into shut down…that’s an extra minute waiting for full boot up. Maybe that’s a benefit to the power bill? Also, it means that it has to take another minute to re-connect to your router.
4- Remote keyboard is annoying. I thought I would hate the lack of features on the Roku remote, but now I love it. The Neo has alot more options, but since you only really use a few of them, Roku nailed it in keeping the remote limited.
5- No Amazon Instant Video App! Seriously?
6- Android app for Roku is much simpler and effective.
I’ve switched back to the Roku in the living room, and I am much happier. Good luck!
LOVE IT! Perfect for TV’s That are Not Interner Ready
When it freezes, it is like trying to watch a scratched and smudged DVD. I have to exit the channel and go back in to try again. I also frequently have to power down because it is totally locked up. FYI, my download speed usually tests at 10 Mbps so I know that my internet speed isn’t the problem.
I watched 8 episodes of Arrested Development yesterday and the unit froze at the start of every episode! All I can say is FRUSTRATING. I literally ordered the Roku LT while watching Netflix.
I totally regret trying to save a buck by going with this product.
Also note that netgear doesn’t support Amazon streaming.
If only it worked
I have the Roku2, and an older Sony Media Device (N200) as well as a Samsung SmartTV. I ordered the Netgear product specifically for the WiDi capability to use in my office.
Setup was easy. It did require an update but I expect that for these devices. The UI is a bit slower than Roku but not an issue. The remote is a nice design but you must be pointed right at the device to get it to work.. not a big issue but worth mentioning.
The Hulu and Netflix worked fine and I like the prelabeled channels on the remote..
WIDI worked better than I expected. There is were some issues with my Samsung 9 laptop and I did have to update some firmware to see the adapter. Once that was done my laptop connected right away. The only issue was the resolution was limited to the resolution of my laptop at first. I played with different resolutions for the extended monitor and 1920 did not look right.. all other resolutions looked fine on my 60″ Samsung and a smaller 27″ Viewsonic. This unit is perfect for presentations and conference rooms. Video, powerpoint etc worked great and the response for the mouse and keyboard worked fine. I highly recommend this just for the WiDi alone and the apps and media streaming are almost as good as the Roku box.
Good product GREAT Price.
Beware… WiDi Does Not Function
- The WiDi just does not work. I have a brand new Samsung Series 7 Chronos laptop that supports WiDi and I bought the NeoTV Max mostly to take advantage of its ability to receive WiDi. Upon getting everything hooked up, all I get on my TV is a black screen with a mouse pointer that mimics the position of the pointer on my laptop.
I have noticed that NetGear has been going through the reviews that describe similar issues and telling the reviewers to email them. I sent an email directly to this address two weeks ago and have heard nothing. This is terrible customer service, and is why I am writing this review. NOTE to NetGear: don’t bother telling me to email you again. If you have suggestions, post them here.
- As a secondary note, I thought that the NeoTV Max might have served as a replacement for the Roku 2 in our living room, allowing us to migrate the Roku to another room. This will not be the case, as the NeoTV Max lacks support for the HBO Go app, which is one of our most-used apps on the Roku 2. This seems like a pretty big omission on NetGear’s part.
Given these issues, especially the broken WiDi support (!), I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this product… which is too bad, because I was really excited to start using it! It’s getting sent back, unless NetGear can patch it and make it work SOON.
Great for older TVs that don’t have WiFi or ethernet built in
The NeoTV is small and takes up little space. The little on-light indicator turns off when not in use (so it doesn’t light up the entire room, like other devices).
Set up was simple. I followed the on-screen instructions. There was a firmware update available, which took about 5 minutes to install. I answered a few questions about my connection and then I was ready to go…
Using the WiFi connection, there were a few hiccups, so I connected the device directly to my router using ethernet and that solved the problem. I think this issue has more to do with the Uverse wireless router than the NeoTV though. I’ve found that the Uverse wireless router is simply not capable of transmitting high speed over the air. (Over wireless, I tend to get only 7Mbps as opposed to the 18Mbps for which I pay.
My one complaint is that the NeoTV doesn’t offer Amazon streaming. It would be fantastic if Netgear included Amazon streaming in the next firmware update.
Overall, this is a great device to use with older TVs. However, if you use Amazon streaming regularly, this may not be the device for you.