Sony Network Media Player (SMP-N200) Review - Page 2
Needless to say you are covered for any type of entertainment you are looking for. One added bonus I enjoyed with my home network streaming to my TV. It would play the programs I have on my network one after the other after the other. However sometimes it would get stuck and need to restart but that is a rare occurrence it didn’t seem to be an overwhelming problem.
With the Network option you have an Internet Browser to surf the web, activate enhanced features and extended service plans. The browser is ok at best with the lack of a physical keyboard and you have to click the keypad to get to a destination, then the browser would sometimes not be able to detect your wireless internet, even if you were just watching a movie on Netflix, the browser just wouldn’t be able to connect. It was a pain in the butt from time to time so I just never dealt with it much after the first couple of attempts.
The Sony Entertainment Network is just the shortcut to the Music and Video Network which is subscription based. You can connect the SMP-N200 to older TV sets that don’t have HDMI with either VCA cables or Component Video connection, so even older TV’s can get in on the act.
Time to sit back and enjoy
I was shocked at the plethora of material you have access to and just how much Sony crammed into this box for your entertainment and at a very reasonable cost. This device really is a party in a box. The layout and UI is simple at times a bit frustrating. Everything you want to find is simply a few clicks away. From here you can access the Movie categories and if need be you can switch back to the home screen and throw on some tunes in mere seconds.
The picture quality is superb as it broadcasts in HD and the one fun thing I enjoyed was that if my TV was off, as soon I a powered up the SMP-N200 it also turned on my TV and had it jump to the proper input selection. This feature makes it very handy anytime you want to jump right into a movie or a television show. This also happens anytime you turn on the SMP-N200 even if you are already watching a program on TV it jumps right into the home screen.Continued on the next page