Since we got two different MyMovie units delivered to us for reviewing, we shall take a look at the bigger star of the show, the MyMovie MV3800 HD Media Recorder. First up: a picture of the MV 3800 HD Media Recorder, complete with the items that are bundled in the box:
You get two composite video cables, the obligatory remote control and power adapter, a special composite video cable, an antenna, a microUSB cable and the instruction booklet in the box. No free coaxial or optical cables though: you can’t expect Universal Tech to provide everything.
Although we are not designers in any way, we could not help but feel that the engineers who worked on the MyMovie MV3800 HD Media Player probably sat around a desk discussing about the device’s design for hours until one finally got impatient and yelled “Let’s make everything out of brushed aluminum!” And before you start thinking that we have too active an imagination, here are a couple of pictures of the MV3800 HD Media Player’s brushed metal body in all its metallic glory.
Media players are typically only available in one color, and for the MV 3800 HD Media Recorder’s case, that single color happens to be black. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with this lack of choice: after all, these devices are designed to complement one’s home theatre setup aesthetically. Of course, that means having to deal with the MV 3800’s box-like shape, but then again, most typical media playback devices like DVD players, Blu-ray players and pay-TV set-top boxes sport such designs as well.
Key to a media box’s capabilities is the variety of expandability and connectivity options which it supports, and suffice to say the MV 3800 HD does a rather decent job in ensuring that users are not left out high and dry where connectivity is concerned. Of course, it does not immediately look as such at first glance due to the fact that the MV 3800’s front only sports one I/O port: a three-in-one card reader which supports SD and MMC cards, along with Sony’ proprietary Memory Stick storage device.
Last but definitely not least, the MV3800’s designation as a ‘media recorder’ means that part of its functionality revolves around the capability to record content. And needless to say, a healthy amount of space is needed for storing such content: this is where the MV3800’s built-in hard disk bay located on its right comes in handy:
Unlike some media boxes which gives users the flexibility of choosing between a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA hard disk for storage purposes, the MV3800 offers no such choice. Indeed, just looking at the empty hard disk bay reveals that the MV3800 was designed to be used with, and only with 3.5-inch hard disks.
A Closer Look: MyMovie MV3800 Media Recorder Interior
The component layout of the MV 3800 HD is surprisingly modular: instead of one large custom-shaped PCB, Universal Touch has opted to use three separate boards, each fitted with specialized hardware for specific tasks. The one which we have in our hands below is the SD/MMC/MS card reader, which has been detached from the ribbon cable connecting it to the main board.