- Aug 25, 2001
Personally, I think there's still benefit to the hardware. In fact, I personally wouldn't use SteamLink if it didn't currently have hardware. I personally have no interest in playing my game collection on my phone or tablet, and I'm not going through the process of getting either of those awkwardly connected to the TV. For me, who uses SteamLink to get my games conveniently onto the big screen, the lack of hardware means I either get something like the Shield, or just don't use the tech at all. For the price, the little hardware puck was very convincing for me. For $30 (and way less than that on the yearly sale), it was very much an impulse buy that I ended up enjoying. Alternatively, the Shield doesn't offer nearly enough for me to pay the over $150 asking price for it.
With Steam Link HW it works flawlessly, the App refuses to accept anything but a WiFi connection, even to a Android TV Box it claims no connection until I remove the Ethernet and plug in a WiFi dongle. I will stick to the box as the app is nowhere near ready.
It's not Gigabit Ethernet capable? How curious! (I've never owned one.)it died the day it came out.
the thing was slow and expensive and now its just slow.
It makes 1080p video look like dog crap. Should have been a gigabit device. 100 megabit isnt fast enough for video.