refurb :apple:TVs -- 40GB $199, 160GB $279

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by yotoad, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. yotoad macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    wondering if I should have bought the 160GB, but since I stream everything, not sure if it would matter
  2. Maynerd macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2007
    Damn it I just bought and opened a 40GB model yesterday. I would have ponied up the extra $ for the larger model. GRRRRR
  3. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    Can someone explain to me why its better to have 160gb Apple TV as oppose to the 40gb?

    If I had 500gb of movies doesn't the stream work just as well over a 802.11g regardless of a 40gb or 160gb?
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    1. You don't want your ATV competing for bandwidth with other computer users on your network.
    2. You want to control what some viewers (e.g., children) see on the ATV (by syncing and disconnecting iTunes).
    3. You want faster ff and rr scanning.
    4. You want smoother video playback.
    5. You have a laptop and don't want to leave it connected to your ATV all the time.
    6. You want to take your ATV with you on extended trips.
    7. You don't want to keep a video file on your computer's hard drive.

    I'm sure there are others...
  5. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    The 160gb is really only a good option if you will never need more than 160GB of space. Considering the limitless future of the Apple TV and peoples tendency to make their libraries bigger and never get rid of anything, that seems like a stretch.
    Personally, I believe the 40GB is a much more economical choice as you can stream now (or always), with the option to upgrade the hard drive to a size of your choosing at a less expensive price, or even move to external storage if you wish.
    Obviously, if your library is already 160GB+ the choice is clear.
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    My library is already at 750 mb. :D I am contemplating a 750 gig drive for my ATV, perhaps even a 1 TB drive.

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