Summary: I've been an owner of the original AC Ryan PlayOn!HD for a while, so it was relatively easy for me to spot the differences/upgrades coming with the new PlayOn!HD2. First of all, what matters most not only to me, but also to many users out there, is the greatly improved menu response. Although sometimes is still sluggish it's way faster in this model.
Pros: Supports all popular (and even more) video/audio formats, Very low power consumption, Managed to play even ultra high bit rate (80 mpbs) MKV files, EZ slot makes the swap of the disk an easy task, USB 3.0 port and a (supposed) Gigabit LAN, Good bundle which, among others, includes a good quality HDMI cable, Download torrents and watch movies at the same time, FTP server capability, Supports USB keyboard/mouse (but no mouse cursor)
Cons: Menu response sometimes sluggish, especially with high CPU or disk load, Fan is not temperature controlled, Gigabit LAN delivers only 100 mbit performance, BitTorrent client can be accessed only through browser and not through player menu (ver 3966), Unknown quality capacitors could limit lifespan, USB WiFi-N dongle costs extra and had compatibility issues with our access point
Summary: With so many features, it's hard not to like the AC Ryan Playon HD2, but we can't help think that it could be so much better. A few interface tweaks, some added functionality and a little more speed could make it one of the best media streamers on the market. Nevertheless, it's still worth checking out if you want something that's more than a basic media streamer.
Summary: The PlayOn! HD Mini2 makes a great addition to any AV setup that relies on digital file streaming over the local network. You can of course just plug a USB hard disk straight into the back, but to my mind it complements a nice home NAS device like the D-Link DNS-320 Sharecenter Pulse much better.
A.C. Ryan Playon!HD2 review: A media streamer that's packed with features, but could use better functionality
Good Gear Guide.au
2 August 2011
Summary: The A.C. Ryan Playon!HD2 has a long list of features and capabilities. It's not just a regular media streamer; it can also handle BitTorrent downloads, share files across a network even let you use Twitter and Facebook through your TV. But it could use better functionality and a quicker interface.
Pros: Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0, Space for internal hard drive, Decent Web features
Cons: Interface a little slow, Could use better functionality, Remote control could be better
Excerpt: Today I will be taking a look a product from the AC Ryan brand, The PlayOn HD2 1TB, the updated version of the already popular PlayOn HD. These media devices should play just about every file format that you would use and do it well, so let us get on with the review and find out if it does what it says on the box shall we.
Pros: Plays all the common audio / video formats (mp3 / wma/mkv / avi / mpeg 1,2,4 / DVD vob etc)., Excellent Black reproduction, Easy to use and slick looking GUI, HDD easily upgradable (my nan could do it), USB 3.0 Slave port (for faster transfer from PC), Easy to setup, Can be used as a NAS/FTP, Clean and stylish design
Cons: Internet media options seem a little slow and un responsive, Had to mess around with audio on receiver side when Dolby 5.1 played out through the HDMI
Summary: The Playon!HD2 is an unusual mix of excellent format support with terrible documentation, serious stability issues and whacky GUI control choices. It's inexpensive, but unless firmware updates can address the control and stability issues, it's a poor choice.
Pros: Wide range of format support, including BD-ISO, In-built gigabit Ethernet torrent support, Supports USB 3.0
Cons: There is, quite literally, no manual available at all, Crash-prone, Noisy fan, Remote control and menu design still needs a of work
Conclusion: I really liked the first generation of the ACRyan Playon!HD, and this new iteration is certainly a significant upgrade. Is it perfect? No. Will it be one day? Probably not, but ACRyan have shown a strong commitment to tweaking and patching their products in line with what their customers want. I’d be confident in recommending this product in its current state to anyone that considers themselves a movie or media buff.
Pros: Great media player, Much better file organisation and access, Gigabit Port, USB slave 3.0, Yotube and social access works reasonably well, New UI is really nice, Music can now shuffle
Cons: Wearker remote power, Twitter/facebook access is a bit buggy, USB 3.0 only slave option, EZ drive isn’t that great
Conclusion: Mit dem neuem PlayOn!HD2 bringt A.C. Ryan ein gegenüber dem Vorgänger deutlich verbessertes Model heraus. Lobenswert sind die verbesserte Fernbedienung und die Unterstützung aller uns bekannten Formate. Ebenso der extrem gute Lieferumfang mit allen erdenklichen Kabeln ist sehr gut. Negative fallen der laute Lüfter und die sehr langsame Reaktionszeit in den Menüs sowie die teilweise instabile Software des Players auf. Hier muss man noch nachbessern, was A.C.
Pros: Klein und Kompakt, Lieferumfang, Unterstützte Formate, USB 3.0
Cons: Lüfter zu laut, Reaktionszeit in den Menüs, Zugriffszeiten auf Dateien, Benutzerfreundlichkeit, Software Stabilität