For the WD TV Live Hub, we wanted to see how effective it was as a streaming device as well as how its features made it better or worse than other devices out there. As a result, we will be primarily focusing on these two aspects in our experience with the device while still hitting all of the necessary points regarding this device.
The first and foremost feature of the WD TV Live Hub is its interface. In many cases, an interface can make or break a media streamer's ability to be a competent consumer device. The WD TV Live Hub has one of the most intuitive interfaces we've seen on a media streaming device and the fact that it can be customized to your own personal preferences adds to that. At first, when we got the device we noticed some lag in the interface, but after a few updates the interface was visibly snappier.
As far as the actual setup, the device couldn't have been easier to setup. All that was required was to simply plug the device into the network and setup my Netflix account which took all but a few minutes. The majority of the settings are automatic and flowed perfectly with the home network and mobile devices. That very day we already had the WD TV Live Hub streaming directly to a mobile phone on the WiFi network.
The great thing about the Live Hub was that it could be used by anyone including someone with very little to no technical knowledge. This is assisted by the improved remote that Western Digital included with the Live Hub; this remote has so many more useful buttons on it that it makes the other streaming devices seem archaic and troublesome to use.
The one thing we really wish this device had was a QWERTY keyboard. There are so many added features in the Live Hub that it almost turns itself into an HTPC and that means the need of a keyboard. The good thing, though, is that the WD TV Live Hub does support the use of some wireless USB keyboards through the two USB ports that it has.
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