Netgear EVA8000 review

A solid, easy to set up network player that will stream HD video and iTunes music Tested at £200.00

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Our Verdict

The widest format support, plus flawless wireless streaming, put this among the best network players we’ve seen so far

For

  • Stutter-free wireless streaming
  • access to YouTube
  • plays copy-protected music files

Against

  • No Apple Lossless support
  • no DVD

Netgear's bid to enter your lounge is one genuinely worth considering.

It's really easy to set up, finding suitable networks within seconds. Unlike some rivals, it'll smoothly playback wirelessly streamed HD content.

Our 720p test videos were colourful and detailed, with no stuttering to spoil the delivery.

Also unlike several competitors, the EVA supports protected music purchased from iTunes.

However, trying to play an Apple Lossless file switched the unit off – not quite what we were expecting. Netgear tells us Lossless support might be included in the next firmware upgrade.

Widest selection of formats and best quality
This is a shame as, with the exception of Lossless, the EVA8000 handled everything we threw at it to a very high standard. It won't improve poor-quality files, but feed it decent video, and you're rewarded with sharp, smooth, detailed pictures.

What's more, if you fancy checking the footie scores while watching the latest episode of Lost, the file continues to play in a window as you navigate to the online news and sport.

Speaking of which, though the menu system isn't massively exciting, it's far smarter than some we've seen, and does include photo thumbnails.

As well as internet news, sport and radio, the Netgear also streams video from YouTube. Admittedly, these are a pixellated mess on a big-screen, but it's a start.

Overall, despite the lack of a built-in DVD player or Lossless support, this is still one of the best network players we've reviewed so far.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.netgear.co.uk
Brand NameNetgear
Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
ManufacturerNetgear, Inc
Manufacturer Part NumberEVA8000-100UKS
Product NameNetgear EVA8000
Product ModelEVA8000

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • EVA8000 Network Media Player
  • Infrared (IR) Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Power Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • RCA Stereo Audio/Composite Video Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Installation Guide
  • Windows Resource CD
  • Warranty/Support Information Card

Network and Communication

Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsAAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsWEP, WPA, UPnP

Physical Characteristics

Width431.8 mm
Depth254 mm
Weight Approximate2 kg
Height50.8 mm
Dimensions50.8 mm (H): 431.8 mm (W): 254 mm (D)

Image

Image FormatsBMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Video

Video FormatsAVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year