It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since I blogged about the WD TV HD media player. I was really impressed by it, especially at the asking price. Never one to rest on their laurels, Western Digital went back to the lab, and they came out with the WD TV Mini. Think of the WD TV Mini as the little brother of the WD TV HD. Little brother might be a bit of a misnomer, since the Mini is a competent media streamer in its own right.
What I do like about the Mini is the simplicity in the approach to streaming content. It’s completely intuitive, and user friendly. This is something my Mom would be able to use without any issues. Ultimately, for any product to reach the mass market, it has to be easy to use. Impressive specs are for naught if only a small group can use the product.
So what can this bad boy actually do? Pretty much what the WD TV HD can, sans the 1080p resolution. That is it in a nutshell. All your music, video and image files will stream beautifully from your USB drives. It does have component video output, so you can hook this up to your HDTV and view HD video in up to 1080i resolution. The thumbnail, list and preview functionality from the WD HD TV is also here, so you can browse through your files with ease.
In short, the WD TV Mini is simply awesome. Did I mention it’s only about a quarter of a pound to boot? You could easily tuck this sucker away behind your component stand without missing a beat. I’m thoroughly impressed.