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Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100 Reviews



Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100

  • Watch and control your live and recorded TV on your laptop or desktop – supports Windows XP/Vista and Mac
  • Watch and control on your mobile phone – supports Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian or Palm OS-based mobile devices
  • Supports high-definition video in the home or over the Internet – requires at least 1.5 Mbps upload speed
  • Multiple inputs for connections to up to 3 devices, such as a DVR, cable set top box, satellite receiver or DVD player
  • Built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner and no monthly fees

Take your entire HD home theater with you wherever you go with the Slingbox PRO-HD. Connect to multiple A/V devices and tune into your favorite TV shows, sporting events, and special programming in stunning, true-to-life 1080i high definition. The PRO-HD gives you the same features and ease of use as the Slingbox SOLO, plus a high-quality HD viewing experience-anywhere in the world. Easily connect up to three of your home-theater devices to the PRO-HD and take your entire entertainment center wi

List Price: $ 298.00

Price: $ 298.00

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  2. Stephen M. Lerch says:
    454 of 477 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great product, with 2 HD caveats, October 21, 2008
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    Stephen M. Lerch (Elkton, MD United States) –
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    This review is from: Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100 (Personal Computers)
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    Having been a prior user of the SlingBox Pro, I was already familiar with the SlingBox software and hardware setup. Receiving the ProHD it was quite easy to perform the setup and installation required to be “slinging” my TV all over the world (and around my home).

    Despite having setup one of the the original devices before, I attempted to walk through the installation as a completely new user. The booklet gives clear, easy to understand directions for the multitude of ways in which this device can be setup. It isn’t relegated to “just” HD; the SlingBox Pro HD can also sling your standard definition content over the world or over your own network as well. This does not mean, however, that a person couldn’t be easily confused just due to the sheer amount of devices one could potentially control with the SlingBox Pro HD (or the original Pro for that matter).

    Remember when setting up the hardware, the location of the IR sensors is crucial in your ability to control your devices over the Internet or the network.

    Once you are finished setting up your SlingBox Pro HD, you are prompted to download and install the Sling Player software. Of the entire process, I have to say this is the most frustrating part. It would have been easy enough to deliver a CD with the software inside the box, however Sling Media chose to force you to download the software. The only time I can see this as being an issue is if you purchased the SlingBox Pro HD with the express intention of “slinging” your media around your house and not over the Internet (and even then really only if you have no Internet connection). Deduct a point for the 5-15 minutes you must spend downloading the software; as if the anticipation of getting the device working wasn’t bad enough already!

    Next up was actually installing the software and finding the device on the network. The software walks you through every step of the process. The most difficult part, and calling it difficult may be stretching the definition, is in figuring out what remote to use. Some devices you may have in your home have several hardware versions and also have remotes with different nuances which could potentially throw a monkey wrench in the works. You are presented with the layout and a picture of the remote, so as long as your remote is handy you should be able to compare it easily to what is on the install screen.

    You must install the Sling Player software on every PC (laptop or desktop; or cell phone if you purchase the software for it) you wish to view your media from.

    Now for the fun part, actually watching your media!

    From home, you can sling HD media around your network with reckless abandon. Even with a “slow” network speed of 10 mbps, you can achieve the ability to sling content in HD. At lower speeds you may notice some minor artefacting and other compression issues, but this is really only due to the slower network speed. If you are using a 100 mbps or faster connection, this should shoot high quality HD content all over your house with no problems. The only down side in this is that if you are using wireless, you must remember THERE IS NO WIRELESS CAPABILITY built into the SlingBox Pro HD (or other SlingBoxes for that matter). I wish they had included the Sling Link Turbo, which allows you to connect the Sling Link Turbo to your network, another cable into your power line and network the SlingBox Pro HD via your electrical outlets, negating the need to run network cabling all over your house. Including wireless connectivity would also be a bonus, however there is no guarantee on wireless connection speeds, which is why it is not included as a feature. Given variances in wireless speeds and quality of connection, there would be no good way, yet, for the SlingBox to offer a consistent level of quality in the video it slings.

    Now we delve into watching from anywhere around the world. The first HD caveat I mention in my title for this review, is one of HD media slinging. Unfortunately you must have a decent upload speed from your Internet connection to be able to receive a decent HD picture. The recommended upload speed for a consistently good HD picture while traveling and watching over the Internet is 1.5 mbps. My DSL connection is capped at 768 kbps, which means I cannot watch HD content while traveling as I am given choppy images and broken audio. You can, however, still watch the content, only you will need to set the SlingBox Pro HD to “down convert” the video you receive to standard definition quality. So if all you want is to be able to watch local sports or TV while traveling and don’t mind it not being in standard definition, this is a great device. The other side of this caveat is that if you will only be watching while traveling and don’t have a fast upload speed, you may be better served saving some money and going for the regular SlingBox Pro instead of the HD.

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  3. Michael Brennan says:
    186 of 192 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    AVOID – SlingMedia doesn’t support warranty, March 31, 2010
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    Michael Brennan
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    This review is from: Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100 (Personal Computers)

    I was a happy users for about 11 months. Oh – it was a pain to setup some times. They tricked me into buying the HD version when they still don’t support HD on the Mac OS/X. (They had an upgrade program and claimed my older Slingbox wouldn’t be supported anymore which turned out not to be true.)

    But today, about a week before the 1 year hardware warranty is set to expire the box just quit. No power light, no network lights – the box doesn’t do anything. Clearly a hardware issue or a bad power supply.

    However when I follow the directions on the SlingMedia website to get an RMA to return the defective hardware, I was told I need to pay $29.99. I said it is still under warranty – you cannot charge me. The person said it was $29.99 to talk to them. I asked if it turns out to be a hardware issue – which it clearly is, would I get refunded? No was the reply. There is no escalation path.

    Consumers should not have to pay to have warranties honored. SlingMedia is no longer a company I respect or can recommend. I highly recommend everyone avoid this company.

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  4. J. K. Tappe says:
    252 of 263 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Failed after 100 days; More $ to get support, October 12, 2009
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    J. K. Tappe (Wilmington, DE) –
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    I wanted to review this product’s feature set and its ease of setup or its compatibility or some other attributes. However, I could not: mine failed after only 100 days of ownership. And I couldn’t initially get it fixed by Sling because they told me they only support it for 90 days. I guess I’m old-fashioned in that I expect products to last more than three months before they fail. I also expect companies of those failed products to stand behind them.

    UPDATE ONE MONTH LATER: Sling was now willing to honor the warranty on my Slingbox….but only if I paid them $50 more for an extended warranty. Yes, even though my product was well within the one year warranty. Only if I paid them more money would they answer my calls or e-mails asking them to replace my unit.

    Anyone considering this product should add $50 to the purchase price when evaluating its worth to you. The product essentially comes with a mere 90 day warranty–you must pay extra after that. Sling should be upfront, adding that $50 to the list price and providing good support. But I guess that’s not how they do business.

    UPDATE ONE YEAR LATER: After stewing over the extra $50 for months, I opted to pay it so I could move forward and actually have a working SlingBox. I will give Sling credit: Once you pay them their extra $50, they do support you. They stayed on the phone with me at length, connected in remotely, and didn’t hesitate to send a replacement unit for my failed one.

    I did require support after receiving the new unit because no installation instructions were included and their software is not all that smart. It should have recognized there was a new SlingBox on my LAN and proffered “Do you want to configure the unconfigured SlingBox?” instead of making me hunt through the menus to force it to do so. There are still bugs in the latest configuration utility too, leaving me stuck in the procedure at one point with no “Continue” button and necessitating another chat with Sling support.

    OVERALL: I cannot recommend a SlingBox for a non-technical user. With work, an average Joe can connect the cables to one but the software setup is for those who understand video hardware and computer software rather well. This is in no way whatsoever a “plug & play” product. Better software engineering (and hardware quality) could vastly widen the potential user audience. Maybe we will see this in future revisions, but until then it remains a hobbyist extravagance. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before buying.

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