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
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
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