Exclusive Review ASUS O!Play HD2 multimedia player with USB 3.0 support

ASUS O!Play HD2 multimedia player
Bluetooth 21 Nov 2010

IPTV is the trend these days. With more and more content going online, it is not surprising that multimedia players that support multiple formats are welcomed. ASUS O!Play HD2 is just another in this crowded marketplace.

ASUS O!Play HD2 can be said to be the third incarnation of the O!Play series. The previous models were R1 and R3. So, what are the improvements over the earlier models. ?

Basically, the O! Play HD2 is the world’s first USB 3.0 media player. It also has a bay for a 3.5″ HDD with NAS Support. There is support of iPhone, using it as a remote control. If you are a person who goes for hi fidelity sound, the good news is that you now can have TrueHD 7.1 channel surround audio. On top of all these, it is DLNA certified to work with your compatible devices in your home theatre (DLNA is a standard for moving media across a variety of devices. With DLNA, O!Play lets you transfer and manage media files quickly and have them play on your TV via a wired internet connection). You can thus playback all sort of media formats support (see below for a list of supported formats).

If offline contents from your collection is not enough, you can go online and check out the TV and Radio stations. Some 600K streams delivers excellent video quality. On top of that, you can turn your connected TV into a large photo frame as it supports Picasa and Flickr. There is also Weather  and Stock info available.

Specifications

Supported Formats Video: MPEG1/2/4,RM/RMVB,VC-1,H.264
Video File Extension: .trp,.mp4,.mov,.xvid,.avi,.divx,.asf,.wmv,.mkv,.rm,.rmvb,.flv,.ts,.m2ts,.dat,.mpg,.vob,.mts,.iso,.ifo
Audio: MP3,WAV,AAC,OGG,FLAC,AIFF,Dolby Digital AC3,Dolby Digital Plus,DTS Digital Surround,Tag ID3,Dolby True HD (Passthrough),Dolby True HD (downmix)
Image: JPEG,BMP,PNG,GIF,TIFF
Subtitle: SRT,SUB,SMI,SSA,TXT(SRT),TXT
I/O Port Input:
DC Power In
2xUSB 2.0 Port
1xUSB 2.0 / eSATA Combo Port
RJ-45 LAN Port
Card readers CF/SD/MMC/MS/MS DuoOutput:
Composite Video
Composite Audio L/R
S/PDIF Out Optical
S/PDIF Out Coaxial
Component Port
HDMI 1.3
Network LAN:
10/100 Mbps
Accessories AC Adapter
Power Cord
Remote Control
Composite A/V Cable
Quick Start Guide
CD (User Manual)
Dimensions 230.0×178.0x60.5mm(W x D x H)
Weight 730g
Power Power Source: 12Vdc,3A
Power Consumption: 10W
Operating Temperature: 5?C (41?F) – 35?C (95?F)
Supported File System FAT16/32,NTFS,HFS/HFS+,EXT3

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