Sony SMP-N100 Review

Posted by Mayank on December 4, 2011 in Review

The Sony SMP-N100 is Sony’s addition to the media streaming device market. It’s a small, unobtrusive device that doesn’t attract any attention to itself. It supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video On Demand, and a whole host of other streaming media services. Using XrossMediaBar user interface (used in Bravia), the modestly priced Sony N-100 lets you connect to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and sends media to be consumed to your TV.

Sony SMP-N100

Features

  • Wirelessly stream Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and more
  • Lets you enjoy music, photos and video via front USB slot as well.
  • 1080p HD with HDMI Output
  • Connections: 1 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 Ethernet, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 USB
  • Available at rock bottom prices in Amazon (for $49.99).

Pros:

  • Easy setup
  • DLNA support
  • Includes remote control; can also be controlled via free app for iPhone/iPod touch and select Android phones

Cons:

  • Sluggish boot times
  • Unfriendly search controls

Lets have a look at detailed Sony SMP-N100 Review:

The Sony SMP-N100 measures 17.4 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches and is 1.8 pounds. It comes with a full sized remote control. Setup is as easy as it gets — we could get it working within minutes of unpacking. Navigation had a similar feel as to my PS3 with the main interface of the SMP-N100 being a horizontal bar for major functions (Movies, Music, etc), with sub-menus aligned along the vertical access. The navigation controls weren’t entirely intuitive, but they weren’t so hard that you’d never get used to them.

Font sizes were a little small and there should have been an option to use larger fonts.

The primary function of the device works seamless, once you get there. We experienced no problems at all streaming movies from Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand. It played music from Pandora without any hitch. You can use the HDMI output to add high-definition multimedia streaming to any HD television equipped with an HDMI port (HDMI cable required, sold separately). You can also connect to virtually any other TV using the component or composite video outputs.

The device supports a Favorites list, but it is not possible to add a particular show to your list of Favorites: you can only add whole channels. We felt this was a let down. Search did not make us feel better either.

Sony SMP-N100 comes with an integrated USB port, which you can use to connect your camcorder or camera to watch pictures and videos. Photo-wise, the N100 can only handle JPEGs, which are replayed in HD and look superb on a decent screen. I was very impressed with how well iPlayer fared, too, especially in HD. No playback glitches suggests that a sensible amount of buffer memory is built into the player.

Bottomline:

The SMP-N100 could have been a great media streaming device, but it feel short. It’s a small, unobtrusive device with the minimalist style that Sony pulls off pretty well. However, it is available for throwaway price at Amazon. You won’t get a better device at such a price.

 

 

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