Media Streamers and Hubs Guide
First thing people notice about media players besides the physical looks, is the user interface (UI) of the player. Even though this isn't Seagate's first stab at the media player market, their UI remains surprisingly basic and simple. This makes the Seagate GoFlex TV user interface feel very 'last gen' when compared to WD's latest media player offering. The UI was also a bit on the sluggish side, though it's obvious to the point that we would doze off while waiting for it to load the menus. The five icons: Movies, Pictures, Music, Internet and Browse are pretty self explanatory. The other icons right below the top row are all shortcuts to the various internet services. However, the shortcuts are a bit redundant as accessing the Internet icon will provide you with the same options.The bottom most row consists of shortcuts for devices that are connected to the player; such as USB thumb drives. The player will automatically scan any external drive that you plug in; though be warned that the player indexes files every time you switch it on.
The internet aspect of the player does seem to be a tad underwhelming; you don’t exactly get a web browser to surf the net. Users are restricted to the provided internet services such as YouTube and Flickr. Even though the remote is just as underwhelming, lucky for us it supports USB keyboards to help facilitate text entries such as searching for videos or pictures in a particular channel.
The GoFlex TV does not come with any internal hard disk, but it does come with a nifty feature to pop in a FreeAgent GoFlex ultra-portable drive into the slot at the front of the player. This would mean the GoFlex drives get to interface with the media player via the SATA interface natively and hence faster indexing , transfers, etc. For those of you who own other external hard disks, you will have to make do with the usual USB ports for connectivity.