Slingbox 500 Hands On
I wasn’t sure what would happen to Slingbox after the acquisition, but it’s nice to see them continue to innovate and evolve the product. With so many streaming solutions out there, you might not think you need this…until you travel internationally and suddenly can’t watch any of them!
Part of the Slingbox’s quality user experience is its adaptive automatic video quality setting. This option selects a stream level that won’t bog down and buffer in the middle of a program and it takes some strain off a network connection. I found the image quality on my iPad2 to be perfectly acceptable in the “auto” setting (it runs the cable box with a 480 output) and after checking the HD stream option I switched back to the auto setting because I would rather sacrifice some resolution than deal with the frustration of the video that could potentially buyer.