Plex Home Theater for Mac supports a wide range of audio and video formats, providing a complete playback experience, but suffers from a perplexing interface and other quirks. This review is for the free version, which lacks the synchronization, automatic uploading, and cloud storage services of the subscriber's edition.
Great online content handling: Plex Home Theater for Mac does a great job of playing and organizing online content in a variety of formats except FHD videos in Matroska containers. It helps you maintain a large video library without any hassle.
Content sharing: This player allows you to share and exchange photos and videos online -- not through social media, but by sharing your libraries with other Plex users.
Perplexing interface: While the interface appears neatly arranged, finding the right buttons for the controls can be perplexing. For instance, we found it impossible to access channels without consulting the online support pages. The utter lack of tooltips only makes matters worse.
Be ready for some heavy reading: To use this program you have to read the help file as well as the support information and frequently asked questions available online. This application is anything but intuitive.
Relatively heavy on the system: During installation, you're compelled to install a "media server" that runs every time you turn your Mac on. What's more, the player, itself, uses a lot of resources, which occasionally results in non-responsiveness and instances of "failure to quit."
Plex Home Theater lacks polish. Though its online streaming features are appealing, its inaccessible interface and many kinks will disappoint you. That said, this app remains a promising media player with plenty of features. Let's just hope it will get better with future releases.