The Compro T1000W media streamer supports a comprehensive range of formats and wireless network streaming, it includes a TV tuner, and has multiple video outputs. The media streamer doesn't have any internal storage, but you can add a SATA desktop hard drive, turning it into a good media centre device.
With its thin, sleek and stylish design, the Compro T1000W is one of the best looking media streamers we've tested. Sure, the fascia uses metal-finish plastic rather than brushed aluminium, but it's hard to tell the difference unless you examine it closely. The display is located under the black front panel, and it lights up when the unit is on. It has a playback control and the ‘play' chevron symbol, to indicate a video is playing. It doesn't have a screen for scrolling music track names or information, for example - but the Compro T1000W is still as stylish as media streamers get.
The Compro T1000W media streamer has myriad options for connecting it to your high-definition television.
HDMI is what we use in testing, but composite, component and S-Video are all available too. When it comes to streaming media, the in-built 802.11g wireless networking is invaluable, but there are also three USB host ports and a wired Ethernet network port. There are no USB ports on the front of the Compro T1000W unit, but they're easy to access via the media streamer's back plate.
The on screen user interface is clean and modern, with a simple look and feel, not unlike the Cross Media Bar of the Sony Playstation 3 game console. It's predominantly blue hues - with a splashes of colour to represent the icons - makes it attractive and easy to navigate. Resolution wise the Compro T1000W user interface doesn't display well when the unit is connected to a TV using composite or S-Video connections, but if you're using an HDMI with 1080p resolution on your TV, it looks sensational.
In our tests the Compro T1000W's integrated HDTV tuner quickly scanned the channels - completing a full scan and recognising all the local channels (using the bundled antenna) in less than one minute. It functions just as any television's integrated tuner would - it receives both SD and HD channels, and can display television guide information if required. If you install a 3.5in hard drive into the media streamer's internal slot, you also have the added bonus of recording the TV content.
While most other media steamers like the DVICO TViX R-3300 have at least one fan whirring away, the Compro T1000W doesn't have any internal fans, so it offers silent operation.
In testing the Compro T1000W media streamer handled almost any file types we threw at it - from DivX to MPEG to MOV to MKV - the majority of codecs are supported, and support for raw DVD ISO files will be available in a future firmware update. JPG image files as well as MP3, WMA and WAV music files are also supported. We would have liked to see FLAC lossless audio support (but this is rarely supported in these devices).
Finding a media streamer that best suits your needs can be difficult. We've always had a preference for jack-of-all-trades units, and the Compro T1000W fits the bill - plus its stylish appearance makes it a great addition to your living room setup.
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