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Sumvision Cyclone Primus Media Player
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2012
One of the best gadgets I own. Simply plug and play. I had Version 1 of this neat little box and I didn't know how they could possibly top it. Well they gave it a facelift and a single on-device button (power button, meaning you no longer need the remote to turn it on but still need it to navigate the drive) and they didn't really need to change anything else. It's definitely more attractive than it's predecessor and wouldn't look out of place with any set-up. It can be used as an external HDD with the USB cable which is handy and is compatible with HDD's up to 2TB. A little annoying it doesn't do 3TB's for a little future proofing but that's nit picking. This device will play anything you can throw at it. I am yet to come across a single file type that it won't load with ease. Connected to a TV with a HDMi cable it makes the perfect Media Hub and is great for those with a laptop and a TV and no way of watching stuff on the bigger screen. It will play even the largest blu-ray files and it's full HD picture is simply stunning. The zoom button is particularly handy for those of us that don't like black bars (1080p letterboxing). "Zoom" is misleading because this button actually alters the aspect ratio with 16:9 filling the screen.
The USB feature on most TV's these days does in effect mimic the actions of this device but not to anywhere near the same standard and you'd still need to get yourself an external HDD. Plus I guarantee it won't play even a tenth of the files the Primus will, especially without lag. Do the right thing and buy one of these, hell buy two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2012
I bought this as I needed a way to play my files that are in HD and in various formats e.g. mkv, avi using HDMI. My PC doesn't have HDMI output and the usb to HDMI I bought was terrible so I returned it. This product is an affordable solution
After connecting a spare 320gb HDD I got this up and running easily. It plays all my files and it is straightforward to use. As another reviewer said, I also find it a bit dark and have to click the brightness up a touch when watching fom it. I also don't think the HD quality is as good as sky or when viewing via HDMI from my old PC but still very good and worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2014
Was looking for a hdd for storage of files,docs and after a quick search came across this media player.I have downloaded a few movies and watched them via this player.All in all it does the job also it can be used to store your files,docs,pics just like any other external hdd you would buy.The remote control is easy to use but i am not too impressed with the menu interface.I think a better user interface would make this player awesome.You can also buy this player without the hdd so you can use any size drive of your choice.Nonetheless this is a good buy and worth the money.Recommended!!!
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on 31 March 2015
This hard-disk media player is an incredibly versatile and ingenious device if you own a large digital video collection, or are planning on building one. Open it up, put in a 3.5-inch SATA hard drive and you are ready to go (I used a 500GB WD). It connects to your TV either by HDMI or standard AV cables.

Usefully you can plug it in to your PC/Mac/Laptop with the supplied USB cable and treat it just like an external drive to copy your movies on to. You can also plug in external USB sticks or SD cards and watch media from them too. There is a rudimentary file manager built-in allowing you to copy files onto the internal drive from a USB stick or external drive.

Any negatives? Not many I can find. Quality is better than you'd expect for the cost and the unit certainly looks the part, not very big so you can't stack much on it. Nice red/blue LED in the centre power button. Piano Black is not my favourite colour as it shows dust immediately but is easily cleaned. Remote control is a little flimsy but does the job and comes complete with batteries. Power supply is a proper UK 3-pin rated at 1.5A output and doesn't get hot despite the hard-drive. Another reviewer mentioned a small fan being desirable. I agree, and it's clear Sumvision have provisioned for one, not only is there a fan cut-out in the back of the case, there's also what looks like an empty header on the motherboard. Perhaps they decided one wasn't needed?

All in all I'm happy with this media player. It is much better than I expected and HDMI output is crystal-clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
I received this about a week ago. It was fine playing my usb flash drive and 1tb hard drives, but when i tried 2 separate 2tb hard drives it wouldn't recognise them, even though they work fine when attached to my laptop. I contacted the manufacturer who told me to contact the seller for a replacement or refund. After quite a few emails i managed to get a refund, despite asking for a replacement. I will order another from a different seller as it works fine with the smaller drives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2013
This is a great little media player for the price,
I've had it a few months now and i use it every day, so far it has played every file.
The only small issue is with the remote control, the fact that you have to point it directly at the player to make it work,
but once you get in the habit that's no problem so i'd say it's a nice looking unit that works very well and defiantly worth the money.
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on 7 January 2015
handles high capacity hdd drive with ease navigation on the remote control is fast, with blue coloured buttons for pressing functions remote commands if you like, and a red on and off button to identify power up function, comes with supplied AA batteries and component leads, construction of the main unit is stylish and would fit into most room configurations works with external hdds and internal hdds also has an optical out at the rear of the unit for hook up to soundbar amp receiver mini disc, two usb slots and a transfering usb slot for the internal hdd, instruction manual included for reference guide, hdmi out put, if like me you remember the tv show knightrider back in the eighties the front of this appliance when switched on has an led power on indicator which changes from red in standby then illuminates blue when powered on just like the front of the kit car.
overall if your into music photos and movies this is an ideal way of playback on big screens small screens all manor of screen sizes, gave this product the five star treatment does what it says on the box and instructions
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
The first thing i did with this unit is installed a hard drive. This was easily accomplished by unscrewing the four screws that attach the bottom plate of the unit, screwing in the hard drive then plugging in the SATA power and data cables.

One thing i noticed when i opened the bottom plate, is that there is no fan inside this unit, though there is space for one to be mounted in the backplate and there is a 2-pin power connector on the board, so i plan to install my own fan. Having said that the unit hasn't yet overheated.

It plays every format i have thrown at it in terms of video and audio, it also displays photos well.

There is one main drawback to this unit which wasn't mentioned in the manual.

You cannot have it plugged into your PC while you are watching a film.

So you have to connect it to your PC (via a standard USB AB cable), copy across the media, then disconnect it from the PC in order to play your media.

This is a small frustration and, as far as i know, cannot be worked around, since the internal hard drive can only be accessed by one device at a time, either your PC or the Cyclone itself. This is a limitation of hard drive controllers.

The picture quality is a little dark so your TV may need adjustment.

The sound via HDMI is good, i have not tried the optical yet.

On balance it is good value for money and i recommend it.
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on 13 February 2014
I've owned this for over a month now and I just wish that it worked properly because it could be excellent.

The pros are that it has 2 separate USB in slots that can support 2 number 2TB hardrives. The remote control is very responsive and the box is well made.

The major problem is that I'll be watching something and it will just kick me out of whatever I'm watching back to the main menu screen and it won't remember at what point I was up to in whatever I was watching. Sometimes this can happen literally every 10 minutes. Other times it might happen once in 4 hours.

I have tried unplugging one/both hardrives, putting whatever I want to watch onto a memory stick but etc but it happens however I have it set up.

It is getting to the point where it is almost unusable and I am thinking about buying a different box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2014
...BUT when you do there doesn't appear to be a fan connector in it to hook up your fan to stop your HDD from (maybe) overheating.
Picture quality excellent. Menu rudimentary but complete. Tried it with USB key and HDD and both worked fine.
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