What does one do with the huge collection of digitized videos and films acquired over the years? That’s right: copy all that data into a hard disk or backup on a Blu-ray disc, load it on the PC and watch away. But what if you want to watch those media files on a proper television screen instead of that tiny 20-inch monitor on your desktop PC? This is where useful little gadgets like media players come in, which allow you to hook up your media files directly to the television screen for some large screen media goodness.
Of course, getting a media player is not just about connecting a box-shaped device to a television and expecting all your downloaded media content to magically appear on your the display without a hitch. For one, there is the issue of codec compatibility with the player, which means that not every single media format under the sun will work with the media player of your choice.
Secondly, in today’s age of high definition (HD) content, it is of great importance that one chooses a proper media player which has a decent level of hardware accelerated support for HD content. That is, unless you are the kind of viewer who is satisfied with watching a cinematic slide show on TV.
Enter ASUS’s O!Play HD2, the company’s latest HD-capable media player, which claims to be able to fulfil both the aforementioned requirements. In this review, we will put the O!Play HD2 to the test to see if it has got what it takes to be a worthy addition to any home theatre setup.
But first, some specs of the O!Play HD2 media player:
Supported video formats
MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, RM/RMVB
Supported video file extensions
MP4, MOV, XVID AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, FLV, TS, M2TS, DAT, MPG, VOB, MTS, ISO, IFO, TP,TRP,M1V,M2V,M4V
Supported audio formats
MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, Dolby Digital AC3, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby True HD, ID3Tag, PCM/LPCM
Supported image formats
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
Supported subtitle formats
SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA, TXT
FAT16/32, NTFS, HFS /HFS+, EXT3
Optical digital audio
Coaxial digital audio
2 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0 PC Link
Card reader: CF, SD+MMC, MS+MS Duo
RJ-45 LAN (10/100Mbps)
230.0 x 178.0 x 60.5 millimeters