If you travel, or are rarely home, but yet can’t live without your daily regimen of TV then you’ll want something called a Slingbox.  They’ve been around for sometime now, and by no accounts, relatively speaking, offer groundbreaking technology.  However, they recently introduced two updated boxes, the Slingbox 350 and 500, with the latter being the flagship and most noteworthy of the two.

The Slingbox 500 is most certainly an unorthodox looking device.  So odds are if you pass by this thing at your local Best Buy you’ll want to stop and have a look.  Chances are you’ll have no clue what it does, unless of course you’re reading this.  Of course that assumes you’ve never heard of a Slingbox, but we digress.  The Slingbox 500 incorporate WiFi, allowing you to quickly and easily setup the set top box any where your TV is located without the hassle of draping an Ethernet cord across the room.  Once installed, and connected to your cable box, you’ll be able to access your DVR’s stored contents any where you’ve got an Internet connection on your mobile device or computer.  HDMI and component inputs ensure complete compatibility with your HD gear, while new Sling software enables users to suck pictures and other media directly off their devices and display it on the connected TV.

The Slingbox 350 on the other hand accomplishes the same place shifting playback any where you roam, in addition to an IR blaster for controlling your cable box, but lacks built-in WiFi and HDMI ports.

The Slingbox 350 and 500 go on sale October 14th for $180 and $300 respectively.  The accompanying mobile apps for iOS and Android are currently on sale for $15, 50% off their normal price.



Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."