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QNAP NMP-1000 Review (Page 1 of 4)

When I started to plan the upcoming review schedule for APH Networks early last month, the influx of new network media players onto the market really caught my attention. Providing more digital media integration with your living room audio/video equipment than ever before, long gone are the days when we were restricted to watching certain videos on our computers only, or swapping a bunch of CDs every time you wanted to listen to those songs on the big system. Last month, we reviewed the Patriot Box Office network media player, which delivered excellent media compatibility and a very low price of admission, but failed to provide the kind of experience users would come to expect for a home entertainment device. Inevitably, there are compromises due to its cost. At the same time, I also began testing QNAP's NMP-1000 network media player. QNAP is known for making absolutely brilliant network appliances in both performance and reliability, such as the QNAP TS-439 Pro network attached storage system we examined back in September last year. But here's the thing: The QNAP NMP-1000 retails for $400 at press time -- effectively four times the price of products such as Asus' O!Play and the Patriot Box Office as aforementioned. It's probably no surprise that you are wondering at this point what makes the NMP-1000 so much more expensive than other products that carry out pretty much the same tasks. And you know what? I was asking the same question before I got my hands on these products as well, haha. Is the QNAP NMP-1000 truly the ultimate, no compromise, fully featured high performance network appliance with multimedia features for the home user to justify its price tag, or will it fail to hold its own against the competition? To answer all these questions and address everything else in a detailed and thorough manner, well, let me present to you this week's review!

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Here at APH Networks, we review a significant amount of high tech products per year. APH's current line of available awards, including APH Recommended, APH:Renewal, and APH equal.balance, recognizes three distinct categories of excellence in the market today. Because of our careful consideration before handing out awards in each review, every badge has been extremely meaningful and valuable to both the manufacturer, and most importantly you, the reader.

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From InfoWorld: A Canadian interface design firm accused Mozilla of stealing user interface (UI) elements for a development tool in the browser maker's Jetpack project, which aims to simplify add-on making.

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