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.
Pros: Plays everything it advertises, no hiccups or out of syncs streaming .iso, .avi, or .mkv HD files over network. Mine shipped with v1.17N firmware, so no need to out of the box! The player saw all my network shares and UPNP servers off my Windows XP box no problem. The fast forwarding function works, and is able from 1 min to 10 min jumps. Have not tried extremely high video bitrate files yet 10GB+, although I do feel confident that the limit would be my network bandwi...
Cons: My only gripes are the lack of a proper search function and wireless connectivity. The support is pretty much non existent. A more inclusive manual would be nice. I havent been able to stream from netflix yet.
Summary: I have a lot of home movie's in the .mov and .avi format (both SD and HD) and playback quality is excellent with the HDMI connection. Also, I had no problem finding my shared drive on my Linux machine. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the IR remote response is slow and occasionally it would reset itself. Otherwise, this is a great little box for the price and being able to stream your stored HD or SD video to you HDTV is really convenient.
Pros: Great Price, Nice quality playback, Plays a lot of formats
Summary: It does what it says on the tin and the picture and sound is just fine although I have not given it an HD file yet. It would be nice to have two USB slots but it's not a biggy. Good value for money.
Not for total noobs, but excellent for everyone else.
1 March 2011
Summary: Many people go the Home Theatre PC (HTPC) route and have a minimally sized PC in the living room. That approach has its attractions and I have done that: However the HTPC approach has some problems, for example it's running a multi-purpose operating system, it needs anti virus protection, it costs to keep it all the products needed up to date, it wants to do continual Windows and product updates and so on.
Summary: I previously used a Lacie silverscreen and PS3 to playback video and music files, the Lacie was good with a built in hd but was clunky and limiting in terms of playback and connectity whereas the Ps3 is a near perfect product with a user interface second to none and bluray drive. The main limitation of the Ps3 is its refusal to read anything other than a drive formatted to Fat32 and the 4gig video file size limit, plus its a tad noisey. First impressions of the O!
Summary: I'd love to be able to give this 5 stars since it has some great features and the price is very good. However, a few things let it down. First the good stuff. This is a very smart little box that looks very good. It delivers true 1080p resolution and HD content does look very good. Connect up pretty much any USB device (or eSATA) and it will recognise it straight away. It can handle all sorts of disk formats and so one is not limited to FAT32.