Review: Slingbox 350 and 500 place-shift TV at 1080p, improve setup process

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At a Glance

The Slingbox 350 makes remote viewing of your usual TV programming easy, for about the price of a current video game console.

Price when rated: $180
Lowest price: $178.00 via TigerDirect

Pros

  • Moderately priced, compact box supports remote viewing of HD video
  • Easy setup, full HD support on PCs and TVs

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi support
  • Requires a fairly current computer for 1080p video
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Where to buy

At a Glance

The Slingbox 500 makes remote viewing of your usual TV programming easy, and has the potential to become a media streamer as well-if you don't mind paying extra and waiting a bit.

Price when rated: $300
Lowest price: $299.00 via Buydig.com

Pros

  • Amusingly designed set-top box supports remote viewing of HD video and media on mobile devices.
  • Supports Wi-Fi
  • Setup can be done on the TV
  • Potential for media streamer functionality

Cons

  • Pricey for what it does at launch
  • Odd shape precludes stacking
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