I have no idea if this will be an "official" thread or not, but some of us in the St. Louis area now have these in our homes ... so I thought it would be a good idea to separate the unit from the older Moxi Motorola BMC90xx models.
If you have one, post the good, bad, and the ugly.NOTE: This thread is for people who have received the Moxi from a cable company ... this is NOT the thread for the retail model Digeo will sell on its own. For retail info visit here:
http://www.amazon.com/Moxi-MR-1500T3...2545552&sr=8-1EDIT: Thought I'd update this first post as a type of mini-faq. If there are additions, please PM me and I'll add them:
• Unit is considerably quieter than the Moxi BMC90xx models. The top of the box is totally vented, allowing for better airflow. As the unit is slimmer I'm guessing it has a smaller fan inside, thus the reduced noise. This noise reduction alone is reason for switching. Even when not watching TV the Moxi's are always on, and now my living room is actually quiet!
• Has component and HDMI video out for HD. Also has RCA and SVHS video out. No more coaxial digital out, only optical.
• Internal HD is 160GB (only the retail version comes with a 500GB)
• Front clock is smaller than the older models. I like it, my GF says its too small
• One USB port on the front, useful for loading photos, no other functions I know of
• Rear has another USB port, an ethernet port, and a serial port - use unknown
• Firewire port on the rear is "hot" (see below) but its usefulness has yet to be determined (see further below)
• Rear also has an SATA port for connecting an eSata external drive (up to 1TB) for expanded storage. This replaces the USB external storage function of the older models. USB externals cannot be used on the 3012. You must use a 7200rpm / 16mb buffered drive. User should avoid "green" hard drives and many people have had bad experiences with them due to variable speed rates and power saving features of the drives.
• Moxi UI has been "optimized" for widescreen TVs. This makes it crisper and clear. Functionality (speed of menus, etc) remains basically the same
• No new functions to speak of in the menus. There is one new "Cable Card" submenu in the "Settings" area. Tech told me it is there to comply with new FCC regulations.
• Remote control is exactly the same as before except for the color (this may vary I suppose - true in the StL area)
• Access to the service menu remains the same and all items appear the same as before
• Boot time from a cold start is Moxi long -- if you have a Moxi you know what I mean
• Aesthetically the new black front and silver bezel/box look better in my entertainment center. Matches my PS3, hehe, ok that's subjective, but it looks less "clunky" than the older models.
• Multiple outputs cannot be used at the same time unless all resolutions are turned off except 480i. So you cannot view HD on one TV and SD on another at the same time. This is the same as the older Moxi units.
Please feel free to let me know what I've missed.