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Seagate FreeAgent Theater

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 reviews of Seagate FreeAgent Theater. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the reliability and size. The price and design are also mentioned favorably.

usability, design, price, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Seagate FreeAgent Theater is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Siddharth Bhatia (tech.firstpost.com)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Plus HD Media Player

 

Following this trend over the past handful of months or so, we feel that conventional old DVD players are going to get obsolete. For the Home theater guys there is the Blu-ray player, and for those with scores of movies rips and dumps, there is the...

At Rs. 9,500, this one is just about reasonable, as the import duties in our country do make this category of products pricier than their dollar prices. And playback-wise the Seagate is not bad at all, except for very minor issues in format playback....

2010-01

Expert review by : PC World Team (pcworld.in)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+

 

One of the most technology-complete HD media players in India. The sheer extent of connectivity options take it to the top.

USB/LAN support ; FreeAgent docking area

High-bitrate 1080p videos play poorly ; Wireless connectivity is not inbuilt

As one of the most comprehensive media players launched in India yet, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ is a satisfying product for its niche. The array of connectivity options and multimedia file-format support hold it in good stead.

2010-01

Expert review by : Frazier Barretto (techtree.com)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater +

 

Find out if this is a better media player than the ones from WD and Asus

Good looks, slim, HDMI, composite, component, 2 x USB, FreeAgent drive slot

No in-built Wi-Fi, old format playback glitches, interface could have been better

2010-02

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ media streamer

 

This media streamer integrates well with Seagate portable hard drives

Network streaming works well, good integration with FreeAgent hard drives

No integrated Wi-Fi, bland interface, no front panel controls

If you already have a FreeAgent Go portable hard drive, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ media streamer is a good accompaniment. For other users it's still a reasonable choice but it loses its competitive edge.

2009-11

Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater media player

 

This media player is suitable for watching slideshows and playing music off an external Seagate hard drive

Great for photos and videos, integrates well with Seagate’s FreeAgent Go range of hard drives

Doesn’t support some video codecs, no HDMI or 1080p playback

If you already own a Seagate FreeAgent Go external hard drive, then the FreeAgent Theater is a decent media player. As a general purpose media player, though, it doesn’t stand up to the competition.

2009-06

Expert review by : Edward Chester (trustedreviews.com)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Multimedia Player

 

Seagate's rival to Western Digital's WD TV finally arrives.

Despite this, the FreeAgent Theater is actually a very nice looking device with its glossy black top and matt black sides. In fact, we'd say it's possibly a bit nicer than the WD TV. This assertion is bolstered by the Theater's inclusion of full...

2011-05

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Plus review: Seagate FreeAgent Theater Plus

 

If you're new to the whole USB media player category, it goes something like this: storage brands like Western Digital, Seagate, and Iomega are looking for ways to tap into the growing number of consumers who have multimedia files stored on their...

Media playback device that plays music, image, and video files from USB storage or streamed via network; HD output up to 1080p; integrated slot for FreeAgent Go storage drive; compact, stylish design; you can connect up to two mass USB storage...

No built-in Wi-Fi (wireless option costs an extra $70); Internet services are limited at launch.

The addition of HDMI output, network streaming, and improved file compatibility makes the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ media player a better value than its predecessor.

2009-10

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ Home Theater Review

 

1080 output ; Wide codec support

Some codecs not implemented ; No front panel controls ; Seagate FreeAgent Theater ; FreeAgent Theater+ Review, by Jon L. Jacobi September 16, 2009 ; Media, media, media. You've collected it from all over the Internet, but sometimes you don't feel like...

2009-09

Expert review by : Bryan Gardiner (wired.com)

Review: Seagate FreeAgent Theater

 

Want a glossy mother ship for your FreeAgent Go drives? Seagate has the answer. Simply slide your portable drive into the Theater's topside dock. Like...

Onboard playback controls. Straightforward setup. Easy-to-navigate menus. Decent 1080i upscaling

No support for RAW image files. Composite and component outputs only. Had trouble recognizing external drives that weren’t FreeAgents

2009-06

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Seagate FreeAgent Theater review

 

Storage brands like Western Digital, Seagate, and Iomega are looking for ways to tap into the growing number of consumers who have multimedia files stored on their computers and want to bring them to their TVs without much fuss. FreeAgent Theater HD...

Integrated slot for FreeAgent Go storage drive; compact, stylish design; you can connect up to two mass USB storage devices--including a camera--at one time; 720p/1080i HD output; plays music, image, and video files; solid photo display capabilities.

Couldn't play back as many file types as competing products; no HDMI output.

While the Seagate FreeAgent Theater has a decent interface and good photo display options, it doesn't read as many video file formats as its competitors.

2009-03

Product Specifications

Connections

Analog Audio Output:1
Component Video Outputs:1
Composite Video Outputs:1
Digital Audio Outputs:1xCoaxial
S-Video Outputs:1
USB connection:1xUSB2.0

Design

Colour of product:Black

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, ASF, FLAC, LPCM, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG
Subtitle formats supported:SRT, SUB
Video compression formats:AVI, MKV, MOV
Video formats supported:AVI, MKV, MOV

Hard drive

Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard drive speed:5400

Interface

WLAN: No

Measures

Dimensions (WxHxD):18.28x3.09x17.98

Networking

Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100

Other features

Case or master carton quantity:4
Compatible operating systems:-NTFS\n-FAT32\n-FAT / Windows XP/Vista/7\nMac X 10.4.11/10.5.6
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):183 x 31 x 180
I/O ports:-USB
Internal: No
Minimum system requirements:-PC\nWindows\n256MB RAM\nUSB port\n-TV\nS-video\ncoaxial S/PDIF / -PC\nWindows\n256MB RAM\nUSB port\n-TV\nS-video\nS/PDIF
Power requirements:120 V AC
Type:Desktop

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Product properties

Hard Drive: No
Hard Drive Size:0
Playable File Formats:AVI, MPEG, DivX 6, VOB, MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, Dolby Digital (AC3), JPEG, DivX 3.x, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6, XviD, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPEG2 HD, MPEG4, DivX HD
Remote Control: Yes
Supported Video Output:1920 x 1080i, 1280 x 720, 720p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p
Video resolution:1920 x 1080i, 1280 x 720, 720p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p

Related

Miscellaneous:Automatic synchronization with your PC
Subtitles:SRT, SUB (Micro DVD), SMI

Storage

Supported file systems:FAT32, HFS+, NTFS

System requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum RAM:256

Video

Full HD: No

Weight & Dimensions

Case or master carton weight:5800
Depth:17.5
Height :3
Larger master carton dimensions (W x D x H):376 x 221 x 264
Larger master carton dimensions (WxDxH):376 x 221 x 264
Weight:500
Width:18.3

Wireless

WLAN: No