For all of you early adopters out there, the first reviews of the Apple TV have hit the web. The verdicts are as follows:
PC Magazine: (4 out of 5) “I think Apple TV is a fantastic product—but I won’t be buying one until I can watch movies with it for less than the price of going to see one in the theaters.”
CNET: (7.7 out of 10) “If and when Apple improves the quality of its store’s offerings–or includes a better option for reading or converting existing video files–the Apple TV would be a much easier recommendation. Until then, it’s best suited for iTunes addicts only.”
WSJ: (Recommended) “There are some drawbacks to Apple TV…but all in all Apple TV is a very well-designed product that easily brings the computer and the TV together.”
Bottom Line: So far, everyone can agree that the Apple TV is well designed and easy to use, but they do mention a few drawbacks that include the device’s limitation to widescreen sets, issues with iTunes content and pricing, a scant 33GB of usable disk space on the hard drive, no included cables, and lack of photo streaming.
At this early stage, I would have to agree with CNET’s assessment that the Apple TV best suited for hardcore iTunes fans.