Plex started as a way to view your media beautifully with its sleek interface and automatic movie poster uploads to match the MP4 files you have in your computer.
I loved it because it was a great way to sort through your movies especially if you have a lot. It shows the ratings and synopsis as well.
Many years later, I found out that they upped the ante and turned Plex into an app that lets you stream your media in multiple devices. In other words, you can watch (or listen to) any of your movies, TV series etc. on your iPad, iPhone, TV or even another computer as long as its synced to the [server] computer that has your Plex account and that [server] computer is on.
So what exactly do I use it for? Plex comes in handy when
- my siblings want to watch stuff in my computer since I’m the one who usually Torrents. Instead of transferring files, I just lend them my iPad (that has the Plex app).
- I want to watch something over a meal. I can either use my iPhone / iPad instead of bringing my plate upstairs to my room.
- I want to watch movies to pass out. I don’t like leaving my Macbook on the whole night.
I know, I know. Based on my list, it sounds pretty unnecessary. And it is, especially that the mobile app isn’t even for free. But it does stream my movies in HD despite my really bad connection and with Vuze on.
The best way to maximise Plex is when you get the the premium account ($3.99/month), that lets you upload media offline so you can access it even when you’re out of the house, on a trip, whilst in your commute, etc. The only difference this has to just manually syncing it to your device via iTunes is that you don’t need to convert it anymore for individual devices which we all know is a big pain in the ass. It also saves you space, which is a given to all Cloud related apps.
Like what the title suggests, it’s definitely something you don’t really need but just something nifty to have if you have an extra $3.99 to spare every month. I think I’d enjoy using Plex more if I had a TV I can use it with.
Is this a yay or nay for you?