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5.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) the only box you need on your TV, 23 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Asus O!Play HD 1080P HDP-R1 Live Internet Media Streamer (Electronics)
Why 'almost'? Well, the O!Play is only a player, so you will need a separate recorder if you want to record shows off the TV. Once you've connected this little beauty to your computer and put all your media into shared folders, however, it will play the lot. avi, mpg, mkv, m2ts, iso, all ready to go. With a HDMI connection the picture quality is really superb: hi def is as good as a blu-ray player, and the O!Play has menu options to configure the brightness, contrast etc without having to reconfigure your TV settings for this device. Sound output on movies is really nice too. I've not used this as a music streamer but then, I suspect most people who buy this will be more interested in using it to play video anyway. Before using this I was streaming movies with an XBox 360. The advantages of the O!Play are numerous: it supports 6-channel sound and many more picture formats, and bigger files.

The picture (photo) browsing features are pretty good, but I've found that it hangs, requiring a cold reset (disconnect the power) if I attempt to play a 'broken' jpg file. Also, no support for dng or RAW picture formats unfortunately, but maybe Asus will come up with a patch.

I have the O!Play connected to an XP PC by a wire. Some people have reported problems with Windows 7 so check the forums, but I think the last firmware update in December corrected this. There is no wireless support out of the box, so if you have a wireless router it will still need to connect to the O!Play via a wire.

I also have an external HD connected to the O!Play, which means that I can play stuff without needing to have the computer switched on. If anything, it runs even smoother and quicker (for example, when doing fast-forwarding) with the HD than when it's on the network. But it works really well either way. The only time I've had issues like picture stutter when watching movies is when the PC is doing something with the disk drive in which the movie files are stored, like doing a backup or virus scan. The O!Play works better when the computer is not busy. I suppose this is a disk-reading issue and would affect any streaming tasks. By the way, I don't have a particularly fast computer by modern standards, and the O!Play can still play enormous media files at lightning speed.

All in all, a great device and fantastic VFM. Highly recommeneded.
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