NAS with Media Playback

To some, this is simply a NAS with a TV-out socket on the back. To others it constitutes a paradigm shift, because it allows you to treat the unit as if it were a portable VCR and video library rolled into one. As with everything, its value is governed by how you intend to use it.

One of the big selling points of these devices is that they can be moved from room to room, and even from house to house, without requiring a network. This makes it much easier to show your photographs and home videos to the ungeeked members of your family and friends because you can simply plug a media-enabled NAS device into any TV, and it will work. It is also a way of introducing (a small level) of control over what the kids are able to watch, because they'll be limited to the contents of the hardware.

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