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Asus O!Play Air Media Player


$130.00 Released March, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Excellent playback quality - 720p and 1080p HD content are represented in full quality with minimal lagging/latency. Plays back virtually all major video formats - .mov, .avi, .flv and .mkv are all natively supported. Compact design enables a wide variety of placement options - unit can easily be placed atop existing digital cable boxes and Blu-Ray disc players.

The Cons:Remote control is highly unresponsive - many keys will need to be pressed 3-4 times to register a command. Initial setup can be very challenging - inexperienced users may be forced to seek professional assistance. May encounter difficulties when syncing to certain routers - users with fast internet connections report fractional streaming speeds.

The Asus O!Play Air Media Player is a set-top box / media-streamer designed for streaming PC content to a compatible TV set without sacrificing quality, converting formats, or burning DVDs. It supports full 1080p HD resolution with full-fidelity audio and supports a variety of devices: USB, Composite, eSATA, memory cards, and HDMI (HDTV).

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It however trades in Dolby TrueHD / DTS MasterHD audio in favor of multi-channel HD LPCM audio over HDMI. Plus critics have noted that the O!Play Air Media Player does not come with an included HDMI cable, which they found rather disappointing.

Features

  • 1080p Media Streamer
  • Greasy Plastic Outer Seurface
  • Full HD Resolution
  • Full-Fidelity Audio
  • Multi-Channel Audio
  • Wireless/Wireless Connectivity
  • Built-in Card Reader
  • O!Link Application
  • Dedicated Music Shuffle Button
  • eSATA Interface (6x USB 2.0 Speed)
  • Flexible Inputs/Outputs (Including HDMI v1.3)

Specifications

  • WiFi: 802.11n
  • Audio: HD LPCM (HDMI)
  • Card Reader: CF, SD, MMC, MS, MS Duo
  • Inputs/Outputs: USB 2.0, eSATA, RJ-45, Composite, S/PDIF, HDMI v1.3t
  • Video Support: mp4,.mov,.xvid,.avi,.divx,.asf,.wmv,.mkv,.rm,.rmvb,.flv,.ts,.m2ts,.dat,.mpg,.vob
  • Audio Support: MP3,WAV,AAC,OGG,FLAC,AIFF
  • Image Support: JPEG,BMP,PNG,GIF,TIFF
  • Subtitle Support: SRT,SUB,SMI,SSA

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Pros
  • 1

    Excellent playback quality - 720p and 1080p HD content are represented in full quality with minimal lagging/latency

  • 1

    Plays back virtually all major video formats - .mov, .avi, .flv and .mkv are all natively supported

  • 1

    Compact design enables a wide variety of placement options - unit can easily be placed atop existing digital cable boxes and Blu-Ray disc players

Cons
  • 2

    Remote control is highly unresponsive - many keys will need to be pressed 3-4 times to register a command

  • 1

    Initial setup can be very challenging - inexperienced users may be forced to seek professional assistance

  • 1

    May encounter difficulties when syncing to certain routers - users with fast internet connections report fractional streaming speeds

  • 1

    Graphic interface requires major improvement - lack of shortcuts and sub-folder navigation can be very frustrating

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