oplay1 ASUS O!Play HD2 Review: Its All About HD Media
We often watch movies and listen to music on our PCs and laptops, but doing so on the tiny display of a notebook or desktop monitor is nowhere near as satisfying as the experience offered by a large television screen. Leave it to ASUS to come up with the solution: a new O!Play media player, the HD2, which allows users to output their media files to the big screen. VR-Zone takes the O!Play HD2 under the knife to see how well it fits in the living room.

oplay1 ASUS O!Play HD2 Review: Its All About HD Media

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:

Specifications

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

File systems

FAT16/32, NTFS, HFS /HFS+, EXT3

Outputs

Composite (AV)

Component

Optical digital audio

Coaxial digital audio

HDMI 1.3

Inputs

Power (DC)

2 x USB 2.0

1 x USB 3.0 PC Link

USB/eSATA combo

Card reader: CF, SD+MMC, MS+MS Duo

RJ-45 LAN (10/100Mbps)

Dimensions

230.0 x 178.0 x 60.5 millimeters

730 grams