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Glitchy as you like
on 26 October 2013
I bought this solely for watching Youtube videos & for the fact that it allegedly plays files from hard drives up to 2 TB.
Watching Youtube vids is fine if you use the annoying on screen search and enter a letter at a time from the single line of letters - which is irritating. When you watch a video there is basically no search fast forward or rewind function - well, there is - it will "fast forward" in annoying 10 second intervals!!
However you can attach your Android device and pair it so you can use the search on that. The problem is that the videos do not playback correctly, constantly repeating the last 10 seconds every minute or 2.
Miracast - I haven't got this to work even though it is visible it just doesn't connect for whatever reason.
Playing back files from a HD is an issue too. It says it will play up to 2 TB hard drives. However when I connect my 1TB HD and go to play videos it says that there are too many - over 50 and won't recognise them all.
Also it will not even recognise sub folders. When you do get a video to play it is actually a good interface and FFD and REV work quite well and go through the video quickly.
I am in 2 minds as to whether I will return this as it really isn't as described or fit for purpose. It also has Netflix & iPlayer - neither of which I have tried so may be good for them.
Panasonic could fix these bugs with a simple firmware update but judging by other comments doesn't seem like they are bothered.
I paid £29.99 for this and that is overpriced for what it does. If they fix the bugs then it would be great.
***Edit 30 October. Miracast and iPlayer don't work on mine - AT ALL! I can only assume that the reason these were being sold off at £30 is the fact that they don't work properly or had a bad batch. Most reviews say that it doesn't work as it should.
As a result mine is being sent back. As a side note my Samsung TV which is 3 years old plays all file formats and folders in my 1TB portable hard drive so the fact this thing doesn't and is a 2013 product is a bit of a joke.
One other thing to consider is that mine was sold via Amazon and delivered by MyHermes. I found it odd that it was simply delivered in the Panasonic box with no additional packaging, especially when Amazon is the king of packaging. Either Amazon sent it out like that, it was drop shipped from another supplier or the MyHermes delivery people opened the Amazon packaging and discarded it? The actual Invoice was attached directly to the box.
Something is definitely up with this product!