3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wanted to give 5 stars, but problems resulted in just three,
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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.