Slingbox is an entertainment device that helps you get the most out of your cable subscription. Set up Slingbox in between your cable set up and television, and access your favorite cable shows – including sports games – from any device including your smartphone, laptop, Roku, Apple TV, Chrome Stick and more. Sling Media, the maker of the Slingbox has just come out with it’s 5th new edition in 10 years, called the M1, and it’s got some ups and downs.
For the most part, M1 is great. It doesn’t have HDMI, which isn’t an issue because HDMI connections are typically encrypted and wouldn’t work with Slingbox technology. In addition, M1 does stream in 1080p HD, but it’s not officially supported by the product. Another minor downer is that the only app that is free is the desktop client. If you want to use Slingbox to watch content on your mobile device or tablet, you’ll have to pay $15, which is pretty expensive for an app, especially when you’ve already paid $150 for a piece of hardware. Lastly, M1 isn’t compatible with Slingbox’s web viewer, so some people might miss that feature.
However, on the positive side, the M1 is a bit cheaper than previous versions, coming at around $150, instead of $180. It also has built in wifi, whereas previous versions required an ethernet connection. Cables! They’re so…2013. Slingbox still provides a reliable service for those who have cable and want to watch cable TV events like movies, live sports, DVRed content and your favorite shows, anywhere else besides their TV. However, some cable providers already offer this feature without a separate device. The quality provided in the new M1 isn’t a landmark improvement, but it is pretty good, and will hopefully lead to future Slingbox devices that are even better.
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