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Western Digital

Western Digital
alaScore 89

66 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Western Digital. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The design is also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Western Digital is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Recommended!

Expert review by : Gordon Kelly (trustedreviews.com)

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub

 

The most comprehensive media player to date comes in at a great price, but isn't flawless.

Huge range of compatible codecs ; Large 1GB storage ; Compatible with 3D

No built-in WiFi ; UI not an Apple TV-beater ; No card reader

On paper the WD TV Live Hub appears to be the complete opposite of the new Apple TV and so it proves - both in good ways and bad. The good are fundamental deal makers: comprehensive codec support (if no more extensive than previous WD TVs), extended...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : PC Plus (techradar.com)

Western Digital WDTV Live Hub review

 

It may be small, but the Western Digital WD TV Live Hub is incredibly versatile

Good file support ; Plenty of storage ; Online content ; Can be used as a NAS drive

Better online content would be welcome

Dec, 2010

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Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub review

 

We're big fans of Western Digital's media players. The WD TV and WD TV Live have both won awards from us for their diminutive designs, slick interfaces and wide format support. With little reason to mess with a great product, Western Digital has...

The built-in hard disk might not be ideal for everyone, but either way it’s still an incredible media player, with gorgeous menus and a sleek appearance.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Yardena Arar (pcworld.com)

WD TV Live Hub: The Best of Both Personal and Web Streaming

 

The media-streamer hits keep coming from Western Digital. Hot on the heels of the capable WD TV Live Plus (which streams media from the Internet, your local network, and a connected USB drive), the WD TV Live Hub adds a 1TB internal hard drive that can...

Capable high-def media streamer plus 1TB storage ; Handles Web and local network content ; User-friendly interface ; Doubles as media server, including iTunes server

Other devices support more Web content

The WD TV Live Hub not only streams media from a variety of network and web sources, it doubles as a media server, making it a good choice if you want to stream media to and from multiple locations.

Dec, 2010

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub

 

With its 1TB hard drive and ability to play nearly any audio or video file, the Western Digital WD TV Live Hub is an excellent set-top box for organizing and browsing local and online media.

Impressive file support. Vastly improved interface from previous iterations. 1TB internal storage.

Organizing local files takes some effort. No built-in Wi-Fi.

Expect to put work into keeping the Live Hub's menus clean and easy to navigate. The device comes preloaded with several movie trailers and music tracks, all with cover art and meta data, and all organized into neat sections. Once you start to put your...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Ganesh T S (anandtech.com)

Western Digital WDTV Live Hub Review

 

Western Digital has become a noted player in the media streamer market over the last two years. Instead of resting on the laurels received for the WDTV, they have continued to introduce new products periodically. Their flagship product lineup started...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Shawn Baker (tweaktown.com)

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Review

 

I've had the opportunity to use this for the past few months. Will I continue to use it, or will it go to the shelf?

Mar, 2011

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

Digital media server

 

Reviews say that the Western Digital WD TV Live Hub is a competent performer when it comes to playing back streaming video and other media from the Internet. However, where it really shines is as a media server, acting as a central repository...

Broad file format support, can play back media from any networked device, large 1 TB hard drive, great picture quality

Wi-Fi not built in, limited number of content providers, more complex to set up and use than some digital media players

Feb, 2011

RECOMMENDED

Expert review by : Paul Lilly (hothardware.com)

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Review

 

One day while sitting in an office going over TPS reports, someone over at Western Digital heard a voice. It whispered, "If you stream it, they will come." After hearing this, he marched into the board room and pitched his idea for a streaming media...

Slim and stylish design ; 1TB hard drive ; UI is responsive and easy to navigate ; Lots of connectivity options

Dated Netflix app ; No HDMI cable included

The WD TV Live Hub isn't just the best media player in Western Digital's lineup, it's arguably the set-top box to beat out of the entire field. There's not much the Hub can't do, whether you're trying to tap into your movies and videos shuffled all...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Grant Clauser (electronichouse.com)

Hands On: Western Digital WD TV Live Hub

 

This simple-to-use unit offers online apps and media server features.

Large storage for media ; Access to streaming content ; Multi-room capabilities

Not enough apps ; No built-in Wi-Fi

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Built-in Display: No

Ergonomics

Volume Control:Digital

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, FLAC, MKA, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Subtitle formats supported:ASS, SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB
Video formats supported:AVI, H.264, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, TP, TS, VC-1, VOB, WMV9, XVID

Networking

Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Number of products included:1
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDCP: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Radio

Supported radio bands: No

Storage

Built-in storage media: Yes
Card reader integrated: No
Storage media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Full HD: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.8
Height :3.2
Weight:550
Width:15.4