BRAINS FOR THE IDIOT BOX

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —NANDAGOPAL RAJAN

If you are stuck with an old colour tele­vi­sion which you do not want to get rid of, or just bought a flat screen TV which you later dis­cov­ered was not that smart, the Western Dig­i­tal TV Live might be the gad­get for you. For us the best fea­ture of this de­vice was its com­pos­ite AV cable which lets it con­nect to a pre-dig­i­tal era tele­vi­sion, the prover­bial idiot box. But our at­tempts to make the old TV into a smart one just did not work, for the com­pos­ite cable seemed as con­fused as the tele­vi­sion.

How­ever, when plugged into an LCD via the HDMI cable, the unit worked fine. It can play most file types—along with sub­ti­tles—from an ex­ter­nal stor­age de­vice or pen drive through the USB, but sadly has no stor­age of its own. The unit can also link to a Wi-fi net­work to ac­cess the Net through on-board apps like Face­book and Youtube. You can also link it to the home net­work us­ing Eth­er­net. The in­ter­face is easy to use and nav­i­gate, but for all typ­ing you have just the re­mote, which is not QWERTY. How­ever, there are long pauses when you are try­ing to do stuff with the unit and strangely, the files in the pen drive we used showed up only in the files sec­tion and not in pho­tos, mu­sic or videos. There is also an RSS reader among the tabs, though we are not sure peo­ple will ac­tu­ally use it.

The WD Live TV is a good prod­uct, but maybe a year be­hind sched­ule.

GG

WESTERN DIG­I­TAL TV LIVE Price: ` 7,999

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Pricey and old fash­ioned.

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