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As of August 10th, 2009

Expert Review

The Xtreamer is only sold through the European company Unicorn Information Systems, though its features are worth the cost and few week wait of shipping. This streamer includes some of the most impressive features within an HD media streamer for its price of 119 Euros (including its 20 Euro flat shipping rate). The Xtreamer comes with the usual suite of HDMI, Composite, optical, and USB ports; however, it also sports a 10/100 Ethernet port and 802.11n wireless USB dongle for wireless streaming. It is a rather small unit, so the fact that it can mount a 2.5" laptop hard disk drive is also an impressive feat. For its price, it also has the ability to decode DTS audio tracks, which is usually found only in more expensive HD media streamers such as the Popcorn Hour A-110 or C-200. Its support is largely community-operated with regular firmware and support updates for the product. Its GUI is navigable, but could use some tweaking as well. The Xtreamer also supports BitTorrent and web interface streaming for YouTube and Pandora playback as well. All-in-all, the Xtreamer is an excellent HD media streamer for its price and includes many features usually found in devices twice its price. Rating: 4.75/5

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