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Xtreamer SideWinder 3 Review

The SideWinder 3 is one of the manufacturer’s first Blu-ray 3D-compatible media centres. But this is not its only selling point: it also activate Android 2.3 (as an option) and manages the video via its integrated jukebox. An ultra-complete, but is it so prodigious? It’s all about perspective…

The SideWinder is made of thick metal and quality plastic. There’s no display on the facade, but there is a hard drive rack. The rack is easy remove, although you need 4 screws to attach a hard drive. There’s no fan, which virtually guarantees low noise levels.

The remote control is the same that comes with a number of other Xtreamer media centres (SideWinder 2, iXtreamer, etc.). And we found all the same weaknesses with the remote: a fragile build and no backlighting for the buttons (although they are phosphorescent).

Pros

Full multimedia compatibility

3D compatibility

Tons of connectivity

Movie JukeBox

Cons

Cursory Android presence & no Google Play

JukeBox for movies only

Slow network transfers

Conclusion

The Xtreamer SideWinder 3 is a good media center with a full range of functionality. But we still have to say that certain features could have been further developed (the jukebox) and the network transfers could be beefed up.

Read the full review at digitalversus.com.

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