Packaging and Accessories:
The Seagate FreeAgent Theater media player (with 250GB) drive arrived in the box shown below. The various sides of the box provide plenty of information and views of the product. On the back of the box the process of using the device is shown as having three steps, but looking closely at step two will reveal that ten more steps may be required. The (weak) joke I am trying to make here is that this device is not networked, so the files get from your PC to your TV by foot, and it just happens to be that Seagate shows ten little foot prints between the PC and TV in their illustration.
Inside the box, the FreeAgent Theater and other accessories are protected in what looks like some sort of fast food container. The plastic box snaps shut, and there are separate compartments to keep all the ingredients fresh. While a novel design, it works well to keep the contents organized and protected.
We'll take a closer look at the player as we move on, and the drive included is much like the one previously reviewed at Bigbruin.com. The only difference is that this one has a capacity of 250GB instead of 320GB, and the cover is silver instead of blue.
The next set of images show everything else included. The below left image shows an AC power adapter for US and international use, a composite video / audio cable, and a dock to simplify connecting the FreeAgent Go drive to your PC. While the device features a variety of audio/video outputs, you'll be on your own for cabling unless you are willing to settle for composite. The below right image shows the compact remote control which should make operating the FreeAgent Theater about as easy as using a DVD player.