Insignia Infocast: I like it!
I have used the Chumby for a long time and when the ‘Chumby One’ came out after the ‘Chumby Classic’, it was a great step forward. Where the Chumby One stepped forward, the Insignia Infocast jumped forward.
Finally a device that I can stream my own pictures to, off my home network without having to run some bloated and buggy software package on the computer that hosts the pictures.
The Infocast sounds good, the Pandora integration is stellar, love the large LCD (I am use to the 4” Chumby).
Seems this device was well thought out, so I assume Chumby had to have a hand (or two) in the design and ideas for it to be this good for a first device offering. I think any shortcoming can be addressed by OTA (over the air) updates to the unit. Not too long after I set mine up, it did an OTA update to the latest software and it was easy (just let it do it’s thing).
Even though the Sony Dash can do Netflix and is more of an alarm clock then the Infocast; I think the Infocast beats it. Also the Infocast is not billed as an alarm clock either (but it does have a basic one, so don’t let that be a show stopper). As far as Netlix, neither device will run if not plugged in the wall (no battery) so I don’t see the reason to have it and the screens are too small to watch a movie for my taste. I’ll take my 56’ DLP and Roku DVP thank you very much!
The touchscreen is not as sensitive as I would like, but still very useable.
I use it to watch our local traffic cameras, check our weather, radar and forecast, see Facebook pictures from friends as well as status updates and many, many more widgets that you can get at www.Chumby.com.
I think the master home screen is kind of useless (you have to choose to go there) but for a non-Chumby user or non-tech person, I can see a reason to have this. Almost like an easy menu to get to what you want.
So the Infocast is great for the living room, kitchen, den, work and other places where you might want info at your finger tips or at a glance. It also sounds good enough to enjoy your music with and I almost forgot, unlike the other devices (Sony and Chumby) the Infocast has a card reader so you can put memory/flash card in it(i.e. SD, CF, etc). There is also two USB ports as well.