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ASUS has unleashed a super sleek, attractive and capable media player on the world, they've named it the O!Play HD2. There are a lot of things to enjoy about the O!Play HD2 like its iPhone remote control, intuitive interface, and the ability to playback all kinds of media including SHOUTcast and Flickr support. Are all of these flashy features enough to beat the competition? Check out the article or our video review to find out! Special thanks to ASUS for providing us with the O!Play HD2 HD Media Player to review. The O!Play HD2 is gushing with style, and you'll be quickly introduced to its style with just one glance at the box it comes in. The box is a matte black finish with a shiny picture of the O!Play HD2 on the front. Also, you'll notice logos for all of the different features the O!Play HD2 has. There's also a handle on the top of the box. The handle doesn't serve too much of a purpose, but it adds to the overall essence that is the O!Play HD2. Either side is home to features and specs of the O!Play HD2. The left side points out all of the I/O ports offered along with a list of supported media, while the right side mentions the O!Play HD2 has USB 3.0 and support for a 3.5\" hard drive. The back lists a lot of the O!Play HD2′s features in detail. Letting you know about its multitude of online capabilities, iPhone remote control support, and that the O!Play HD2 can function as a server for different networking protocols.
AC Ryan has updated its flagship media centre with the Playon!HD2 stuffed with new features. We're now in the era of USB 3, social networks and Ethernet Gigabit. AC Ryan has however still been able to use the know-how built up previously, with strong multimedia compatibility and access to a multimedia jukebox, reworked for this new model. The small black box is identical in shape to the first generation Playon!HD but now has a glossy black coating. It certainly attracts your attention but is also a magnet for dust and finger marks. Inserting a 3.5" hard drive is easy enough via the side slot and doesn't require any screwing/unscrewing. There's a new, slimmer remote, but it's still of average quality. The buttons aren't very convincing, you often have to press firmly for the command to be registered. The navigation interface is the same as that used for the AC Ryan Essential. It's an improvement on the old one, with good use of the full-HD screen display area. The only fault is that it isn't always the fastest. Each action takes time, less than on the Essential, sure, but still noticeable.
It was back in 2008 when Western Digital dropped the high definition bombshell on us- the WD TV HD Media Player. Essentially, the WD TV HD got us hooked to the idea of up-scaling all standard definition videos to high definition and feeling good about buying those expensive high definition televisions! The media players have now moved to a completely new level, with almost all audio and video formats being supported, pulling Internet content- You Tube, Flickr, Live365 etc., built-in slots to connect hard drives internally and even built-in hard drives to immediately start storing content on. The new ASUS O!Play HD2 Media Player walks the same path, of trying to offer a lot of features. Transcend unleashes DMP10 HD media player - 1080p, HDMI 1.3, DTS, Dolby at Rs. 7,000 Stream music & HD videos to your TV with the WD TV Live HD media player, at Rs. 9,990 Intel Insider: get Hollywood & Bollywood digital content on your PC with Sandy Bridge YouTube is ready to go 'beyond HD', adds 4K video support The O!Play HD2, for all its features, does not look very good. The glossy black body is a fingerprint and scratch magnet.
There's been no shortage of competent media streamers hitting our test benches over the last year or so. Asus' original O!Play HD1 was little different, offering myriad format compatibility and fairly basic functionality for a decent price. The Asus O!Play HD2, though, has a trick up its sleeve: USB 3.0 compatibility. Elsewhere it's still the same Realtek powered device, with NAS, BitTorrent and iTunes server options to boot. It happily copes with practically any file format you throw at it and manages local HD video content without problems. But times are tough for the standard media streamer and I don't think the addition of a still under-subscribed interface will make much difference. The difficulty is in the availability of cheaper and increasingly more powerful net-tops, and the spectre of Google TV and other TVs with internet and PC connectivity. The O!Play does come with some internet-ready apps, such as Picasa and Flickr, plus a weather and stock reporter, but these do precious little to elevate it. There is the promise of an Opera browser in the next firmware update and Asus claims it will continue to add apps in, but at the time of writing those are still a little way away.
The king of connectivity, the Asus O!Play HD 2 is the first media centre to include a USB 3.0 connector. But this isn't all. You also get eSATA, SDHC / CompactFlash / MS Duo card readers and of course great multimedia compatibility. Let's see if it really stands out from the rest in practice. Design and build: more cosmetic than visual reworking The shape of this media centre is a little different to what you generally get. It's a shame however that the manufacturer went for a glossy casing that picks up dust and finger marks all too easily. What's even more of a shame is that the fan is not necessarily very quiet. During playback, it's fine, but it is annoying when you're viewing photos. The remote differs from the ones on previous Asus media centres. Large, it sits well in the hand. The buttons are however quite hard and make quite a loud clicking sound. For the browser interface, Asus has gone for an in-house system. While we do like the fact that they're offering something different to the competition, the differences are only visual. At the end of the day, there are hardly any more options than with other media centres. neither audio track information nor album covers are displayed. the centre's strong hand, with mosaic display (12 thumbnails per page). nothing special here, no video jukebox.
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