Rated 3 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5★ by DeutscherVE Needs stronger software First I must say that the Netgear is almost perfect, good streaming media player, navigates the web and plays your pc media via wifi or usb adapter...The problem is that it looses sound, you need to unplug-plug the HDMI again and again to fix this issue... Then you need to configure Google TV and resync every time you turn you Netgear on. It's obviously a software weak point that needs to be fixed. Hopefully the people at netgear will realize what the problem is.If they do it you'll have a better device than a Roku 3, if not, well... not so much. 12/20/2013
Rated 3 out of 5★ by MikelW Too many bugs with Netflix, subtitles too small The main reason I was wanting a new smart streaming device was because I'm hearing impaired, and needed the capability of subtitles on internet streaming, which my older BluRay home theater with streaming didn't support.I went into the store to purchase a Roku 3, but when I spotted this unit for the same price and saw that it included a full Google web browser, qwerty keypad on the remote, and Bluetooth I decided on this unit.Once I got it home, setup was fairly simple... at least as simple as one can expect when you have to register multiple existing accounts for Netflix, Vudu, and all the other subscribed accounts. The Vudu access was excellent, and subtitles did indeed function as I was looking for. Upon trying Netflix, I first discovered the long history of problems with even accessing Netflix. This bug was introduced several months ago with a firmware update, and it's not hard at all to find MANY posts from disgruntled purchasers. At present, the issue still causes problems with setting up the device for use with Netflix. Then I discovered that this particular device DOES NOT support subtitles through the Netflix site, and that was the final straw that made me return it to the store and exchange it for a Roku 3. (after having used the Roku now for 24 hours, I'm pleased with the swap.#The one gripe I do have with the subtitles that do work is that they are extremely small text on the screen, making it difficult for my "Over 40" eyes to make out the captioning, with no way of adjusting the text size. #A feature that the Roku devices do provide.#I never got around to trying the Bluetooth link, but other than the problems with Netflix #particularly the streaming issue) this unit performed pretty much as I expected it to during my 24 hour trial of it.The Google browser makes it a quite versatile addition to the TV, and since it's based on the Android operating system, the Google Play store is linked to the same account as the one you use if you have an Android phone. That may provide a big boost in learning the interface for those that are already accustomed to Android.Short answer.... If you don't need the subtitles from streamed content, and your eyes are young enough to make out the tiny text where subtitles are provided, then this is an excellent unit. Otherwise, it will leave you very frustrated and making a return trip to the store for an exchange. 12/28/2013
Rated 3 out of 5★ by Cub3d Good for streaming services. As other reviewers have mentioned the remote is not intuitive to use, and the mouse pointer disappears frequently, requiring excessive swiping on the touch pad to reveal it again. However, the keyboard in a nice feature, especially if you're using YouTube or the included internet browser. The greatest disappointment was that I couldn't use this with my NAS or Twonky DLNA servers, which serves files fine to all of my other DLNA ready devices in the house. The video files being served through my DLNA servers are in standard MP4 and AVI format and it fails on all of them. I'd considered returning the device but, being a technophile, I plan to figure out how to make this thing work with my server(s). If you are looking for a device to watch Netflix, Amazon Video, or Hulu, then this may be a good choice for you. At this time I do not recommend this if you plan to connect to a DNLA server. 04/14/2014