Sitecom MD-500 Digital Media Set review -
Sitecom MD-500 Digital Media Set gets tested
Not too long ago we got an email from Sitecom, known from their lifestyle and network related products. They have some new and exciting products on the market. Sitecom is predominately active in the European region, and recently they started a corporation with Logitech to bring some really interesting network and home cinema related products to the market.
One of the kits Sitecom recently introduced consists of a Gigabit router for your intra and local area network connectivity, a storage unit which Sitecom calls 'Home Storage center' will function as NAS server for all your multi-media content like photo's, music and movies. And then a small all-in-one HTPC or TV media player as we like to call it these days. A device that can stream content like movies from the network you've just created through that NAS (Network attached storage) and actually can deal with High Definition 1080p movies. Since the router is wireless as well, you'll receive a Wireless dongle for the Media player also. So everything is connected and communicating with each other nicely and fast all based on products that are fine tuned for each other.
Sitecom put that all into one kit and decided to top it off with a nice Logitech Harmony 650 universal remote control as well.
As you can understand from the dynamics and sheer number of products, this kit will not be cheap .. you can spot it for roughly 550 EUR (lowest price found) in e-tail right now, but we are going to explain to you, why (if you are interested) this is a well worth it investment.
We are going to do that by breaking down the kit in each single component, do a mini review on each component and once you've read about the functionality of it all you'll easily understand how the entire kit falls into place and what a great infrastructure you can create with this hardware kit.
Its a lot of components alright, and as such it is time to startup the review. Now the more components you add to a review, to more complex things tend to get. So we'll try to be short and brief and not got as in-depth as usual, but we'll obviously cover and show you the basic functions of this complete setup.
Have a peek first ....
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Sitecom MD-500 Digital Media Set review
One of the kits Sitecom recently introduced consists out of a Gigabit router for your intra and local area network connectivity, a storage unit which Sitecom calls 'Home Storage center' will function as NAS server for all your multi-media content like photo's, music and movies. And then a small all-in-one HTPC or TV media player as we like to call it these days. To top things off they throw in a Logitech Harmony 650 universal remote control. Aren't you just eager to see how this HTPC network platform will perform ?