Summary: For those looking for a great media player and not needing those streaming services. Dont bother looking elsewhere this is the best product and the quality of the video even low quality .avi is just fantastic.
Pros: The ability to play play everything u throw at it and in great quality sets this apart from all other media players. And the monthly firmware s they put out make sure everything is working good. They have a community website for everyone to post issues and there are so many joining in the discussions to help u figure out the problems.
Cons: They still havent come out with good online streaming not that player is not able to do so. But they havent got things like netflix, pandora , youtube which some other boxes do have but most people have other things that do those like a tv, xbox, ps3 or bluray.
Summary: I have been using Asus media player couple of months and it worked flwalessly so far. No lag in any format that play: Xvid, mkv,. DivX. Of course it has couple of weaknesses but they didnt bother me. I wish it has wireless support but you need to pay a little more for that feature. Also I would love if it had supported Netflix/Pandora/Last.fm. It has actually streaming support but dont expect to find useful stuff from there. In the end, I love my Asus O!
Pros: Basically play any format Harddrive/ USB Drive/Network Support
Cons: No wireless support No Netflix/Pandora/Last.fm support
Summary: The media player is a way to avoid having to keep the ever increasing stack of disks by the TV/Stereo. More importantly, if one has kids, it avoids the financial and time-consuming impact of tiny hands destroying your DVDs during handling. After a horrible experience with a Western Digital HDTV unit purchased in July of 09 I was more than a bit tentative about buying this product.
Excerpt: O! Play is much like our Xenon multimedia player which can also play several video formats such as AVI through the built-in USB port. Although it is easy to connect a storage device to the O! Play, searching for the right file is a bit slow and clunky. So if you have a lot of files to choose from, get ready to squint. One thing that attracted me to O! Play is its look. It does not look like the box type players with its glossy black finish.
Summary: I used it with external hard drive. Very easy to setup. It plays everything. That is a big plus since I have a variety of video formats and this player plays them all. The interface could be better. But at this price, I would not complain.
Summary: The O!Play+ with WiFi support with USB and eSATA port is almost perfect for Mac Users if their next firmware release include Bonjour and AFP support like the WD TV HD Media Player does. If you do not need to play media off a Mac, this is perfect.
Pros: Will read HFS+ formatted USB disks. And plays H.264 m4v files and mp4 files that iTunes will accept and play.
Cons: connecting via network to AFP macs not supported. Unlike the new WD video player which does it very well. With my 2TB drive, it took a while for the box to scan my disk the first time. Behaves like it is hung. Be patient and dont return the box. Go get coffee and come back in 30 min and then it will display your directory of movies. Hopefully, the next release will show some progress bar so you know it is doing something.