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This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080P HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Electronics)
Having been using media players for years, from Freecom to Tvix last year I decided to get the WD TV for my bedroom. Although the player itself was good there was many things I didn't like, such as the TINY remote, sluggish menus, glossy surface that scratched easily, no network etc... I still have my WD but now that I have this it's been relegated to the spare room for guests.
So the Asus, again I am not all that impressed with the remote, it's a lot better than the WD but still along way off the feel and useability of things like the TVix and Popcorn hour. However that's where my problems stop, everything is great about this, it has a very modern looking GUI (Black and Blue neon) which all moves about very slick, ie if your going from the main home page to the set up it glides over all smooth like and looks very impressive. Everything was very easy to set up including networking to my PC. It plays everything I've thrown at it with ease including MKV, H.264, VC1.. It's handled DTS and SRT too... Things I've not liked anout my TVix in the past are things liked stuttering when forwarding fast however this is very smooth, even better than my PS3 so impressed me a lot. I also like the preview of the program when in the menu, I had a 'Kiss' player once that did this and was very slow but this handles it well...
I'd have preffered the USB port and Esata to be on the right or rear instead of the left but then others will have different set up so will work for them (you can't win em all)...
I haven't tried the Internet, youtube etc side of things as that doesn't interest me but playing movies, listening to Music, viewing Pictures etc are all great... Oh to the reviewer that said it handles images badly I am not sure why you say this? I have a Sony Alpha 14.2MP camera which produces very larger image files and it plays them very fast and smoothly, I'd imagine you've either got a slow network or old flash drive. I am currently using a gigabit network and Sandisk cruzer 16gb flash drive and is fast as I'll ever need. I have also had this connected to my Sony KDL-52W5500 downstairs and the picture is amazing (again better than my PS3 and as good as my TVix). Not blotchy as another reviewer said... Please remember this is HD and so playing a badly encoded AVI file on a Tesco's own LCD is gonna look crap... You need a decent file and a decent TV.
4.8 out of 5... would get 5 out of 5 with a better remote.... Beats the hell out of the WD TV Live and it's cheaper !!!!