22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little box
I have been looking for a little box to play all my DVD & Bluray rips for a while as I was getting fed up of having so many discs in my lounge and I can keep the originals safely away from small children and sticky fingers! I have been slowly copying them onto a NAS drive connected to a wired ethernet network. When I first got the Asus O!Play, I updated the firmware to...
Published on 11 April 2010 by Ian Mostyn
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars oplay for my movies
I bought this for playing my movies and music from my NAS and as a taster of how well media is being broadcast over the Internet.
The Oplay has a nice clean colourful menu and responds quickly but for playing my music and movies from my NAS although it works well I have to click and navigate down a long way through the hiarachy just to get to the NAS then the...
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by Mr. Michael J. Wilcox
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great product,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)Been using this for a few weeks now and Ive yet to find a file it wont play. Connected to my home network first time with no issues. Streams MKV high def with no problems or stuttering. Very quick at loading and displaying photos. Overall a great product and I have no hesitation in recomending it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works Brilliantly,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)This works brilliantly with Acers HDTV although has some problems recognising mac hard drives unless linked to my computer through a LAN network.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Asus O!Play - Amazing!!!,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)I know it isn't totally correct to say that this is a good device by saying another one isn't... But I bought the Western digital HD Media Player a few weeks ago and returned it 2 days later; there were some things that I disliked when I started using it and they got worse once I updated the firmware - MP4's had a lousy picture initially; after the update the image was great but the audio was out of synch - check WD forums if you don't believe. So when I bought the O!play I was somehow suspicious. Boy, was I wrong!! It didn't take long to realize what a great machine I had bought. Every file was played wonderfully, even with the factory firmware. MP4's and mkv's image was a delight. I didn't need to update the firmware but I ended up doing it to one in the middle of the list, not the most recent. It kept on playing like a dream come true. It's great to be able to play a DVD with this device; rip it, copy to your usb pen drive and watch... That simple... It even played some very, very low quality wmv and flv files. Connecting it to my router to play files from my PC was a little more complicated, since the instructions aren't clear. After a while, I just chose "Share with all" and it worked. I have it since Friday and I love it. The only negative issue I have about this are the subtitles; I'm portuguese and for a lot of videos subtitles are essential. The srt, ssa and txt subs don't stand out very well, since the border of the letters is almost invisible; if the movie you're watching has a lot of white or many colors, subtitles can be hard to read. Be carefull if you really need subtitles. That's the only negative thing about this device. Otherwise, just buy it!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)This product looks great and the remote has a nice feel to it. It was a breeze to set up, but straight out of the box I found the menu system clunky and I was afflicted with a common problem - a purple tinge to the screen and the resolution reverting back to 480p whenever I switched it on or went back to the main menu screen. However, this is a known problem with the original firmware version installed in the unit. Updating to the latest firmware using a USB stick (why no online option? - the box is hard wired to a router?) I was met with a much better looking menu system and no resolution/colour problems. I could not be happier, it plays all my mkv files perfectly and outputs a decent Dolby Digital/DTS signal to my surround receiver through its optical output - I now have a 1080p library at my fingertips - couldn't be happier.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to give 5 stars, but problems resulted in just three,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)I like this device, but I had the following issues:
1. This problem is just weird, and the thing is, I don't see anyone else complaining about it - so it may just be me. But here's the issue: depending on whether I start my TV first or the streamer, I get either no audio output all or high-pitched background noise. (In the case of the latter, the noise stops once the media the starts playing fortunately). I tried different cables, changing settings etc. Eventually I concluded the problem was with the Asus O!Play device and sent it back and ordered a replacement. This cost me as I ended up paying postage both ways, but unfortunately the replacement shows exactly the same problem. I can only guess that it's a unique incompatibility between my TV and streamer, and just plan to live with it. (If anyone has any ideas, I'd be interested to hear.)
2. I'm using a network disk and direct browsing is OK except that the number of directory/device navigation steps that you have to go through until you get to want you want is far too many. And there doesn't appear to be any way to create short-cuts into the file system itself. There is some kind of short-cut option, but this appears to only allow navigation to the device's toplevel (and not into sub-directories) and results in no fewer navigation steps than without it. (I see lots of people asking how to do this).
3. I have a "MyBookWorld" network disk with a built-in Twonky media server -- it worked well with my previous streamer. However, I cannot get it to work with the Asus O!Play (although I did see it work just the once).
On the plus side, the streamer plays every file I throw at. I like it, but just wish Asus would apply some quality control to the software the O!Play device runs.
3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)Player plays all files. The online content well that is a joke and not worth bothering about. I have bought cheaper players and that is all they did play my files, worked just as well. I thought this would offer me more as I said online content a waste of time.
2.0 out of 5 stars Media Player,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)I found this player generally excellent to begin with. It plays all my downloaded content via an external 1TB HDD and although the menu was basic with there being issues if you have lots of movies and music, having to trawl through them alphabetically (6 titles at a time when you have thousands) can be tedious. However if this box lasted it wouldn't mush to gripe about.
I have had this box little over a year and it is now virtually unplayable as it skips, jolts, freezes and generally fails to respond when playing a movie. Like many electronica nowadays these things do not seem to be built to last and I paid around a £100 for it so has cost me about £8 a month!
The problem is that all other media players seem to have similar issues unless some kind soul can recommend something reliable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box, some ill-conceived design holes let it down.,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)Firstly, I'll start with the pros - this box is stylish and durable. It'll play almost any video files your throw at it, including 720 x264 DTS MKV files. They work fine out of the box and play in fantastic quality without a hitch; subtitles also work fine.
The sad thing about this box is that for you to crop out the black bars in a 4:3 aspect ratio you have to fiddle about with the settings, this has it's ups like for example if you're watching a series of lets say, Only Fools and Horses you only need to change this once and not worry about it again but that's just me nitpicking, this does what it says and does it bloody well.. The other thing that's saddened me about this box is that it takes a while for you to play the video. I have to wait until the video is playing in the preview box before I can watch it and/or scroll down to the next one and if you have 30 files you want to watch then it could turn out to be somewhat of a death sentence.
Other than those negatives I mentioned this is a great box! Perfect for old and new files alike and also allows you to watch any file regardless of what TV you have (As long as you have a HDMI cable or AV input!!!).
5.0 out of 5 stars ASUS O! play,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)I've been looking for a product like this for a while. most of the products are a a bit cheaper. but honestly not worth wasting money on. on the other scale the products were far more expensive. but included hdd etc.
Anyway, i am very happy with this product. initially i though it would have been nice to have had an SD slot. but then i can use a USB converter anyway. I've tried a few USB memory sticks without any problem, and I have a 1GB external drive plugged in. I 'm only using video out rather than HDMI at present as I don't have HD TV. But i'm still impressed by the picture quality. and playback has been faultless. no glitches, dropouts or anything else i've watched so far. Though it didn't like the digital copy of X-Men Wolverine that came with the DVD. Ok I have the DVD so why did I need to bother. It was just in a different format. I haven't been able to figure out how to get the slideshow working for photos yet, but I haven't looked at the manual on CD. its not in the hard copy.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star review,
This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080p HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Personal Computers)This little box does everything you could hope for and it costs less than 100 quid. Here is what is awesome about it:
- I had it out of the box and set up in 5 minutes. I networked it to my Windows XP computer (plugged it into my router). There was not one single issue in getting it set up. It works perfectly and it is easy to get going right out of the box. Just pick the right video and audio setting during the setup and off you go (I used HDMI raw).
- It plays every single file format you could want. I was using my Xbox 360 but I got tired of only being able to play .avi files at low resolutions. Now I can play high def .mkv blueray and .iso files and everything else imaginable.
- No fan noise whatsoever. This thing is silent and it does not get hot at all. Not heat build up.
- Menu is simple and easy to navigate. Not flashy but it works. No complaints here.
- It was easy to program into my logitech remote control. I have set it up already so feel free to go ahead and download it now. Or use the remote that comes with it. It fits in your and nicely and is easy to use.
- I like the option of being able to travel with it and have video content on my flash drive or bring a hard drive (eSATA or USB). Then I could watch my videos anywhere I go. Obviously networking is the way to go at home though, but I really like the versatility. And who knows, maybe someday I will prefer to be able to watch video on my TV without having to boot up my computer.
- Price is fantastic. It is much cheaper than other players with networking capability. And the Western Digital player cannot be networked so why would you want it -- yet their player costs about the same as the O!Play.
- HDMI output on the O!Play works great.
- I am going to dump my cable subscription now and just pick up the free over the air signal for local channels. I can get whatever I else want to watch on the internet and view it through my O!Play.
If you have been looking for a media player, you have just found it. Don't wait! This thing does everything it promises at an amazing price. And I have had other Asus products and I have come to really like their quality. The only reason to hold off on this (for now) is if you are running Windows 7 as they have not come out with the firmware yet. They will soon enough though.
Seriously, why haven't you ordered this yet? By they way, I don't work for Asus or have any financial interest in the company. I just love this product.
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