Universal Tech MyMovie MV3800 and MV2500 review: Because Movies Are Meant To Be Viewed On Big Screens
Now that we have finished tearing apart the MyMovie MV3800 HD Media Recorder into its individual bits and pieces, we turned our attention to the other still-intact review unit, the MyMovie MV2500 HD Media Player. As with the MV3800, we have provided a picture of the items that come bundled with the MV2500 in the box:
Like the MV3800 we unboxed in the previous page, the MV2500 Media Player comes with a similar set of cables and peripherals bundled into the package. The obligatory instruction booklet, composite video cable component video cable, remote control and power adapter is provided, along with the same microUSB cable that was also present in the MB3800. However, instead of an antenna, the MV2500 ships with an additional SATA cable, which we strongly recommend holding on to and not chucking into the dustbin.
A Closer Look: MyMovie MV2500 HD Media Player Exterior
If the MV3800 was the result of Universal Tech’s designers going ballistic over the use of brushed metal for that premium look, then the MV2500 must have been the outcome of said engineers getting carried away about matte black plastic, as shown in the pictures below:
For some unexplainable reason, the use of plastic does not appear to cheapen the look and feel of the MV2500. This might be due to the fact that the MV2500 has got curves in just about all the right places, and the use of thick matte black plastic for its body helps somewhat in projecting a semi-professional image.
Also, unlike the MV3800, the MV2500’s front is kept completely clean: you will not find any buttons or card readers here. Instead, all you will see is a simple panel with LED indicators. This would probably appeal to users who like their devices to be as minimalist as possible, at least in terms of looks.
A Closer Look: MyMovie MV2500 HD Media Player connectivity
If you have been looking close enough at the pictures of the MV3800 and MV2500 media boxes which we have been showing for a while now, it should be somewhat obvious that the MV2500 is the smaller of both devices. However, it appears that the MV2500’s smaller body is no obstacle, as it provides nearly the same connectivity options and expandability ports as the larger MV2500.
Like the MV3800, the MV2500 has a three-in-one card reader that supports the use of SD and MMC cards, aloing with Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick storage device. The only difference here is that while the MV3800 had the card reader slot located at the front of the unit, the MV2500’s reader is located at the side.
The MV2500 also sports a SATA port, but it is clear from its design and placement that it is designed to be used for connecting external hard disks. This is where the bundled SATA cable provided by Universal Tech will come in handy if you have a spare SATA hard disk lying around: why else would we strongly advice you against dumping it into the trash?
Lastly, turning the MV2500 to the rear reveals a healthy selection of connectivity and I/O ports, as shown below. This is mostly similar to what the MV3800 offers, except that the MV2500 drops the additional composite video output ports and the DVB-T antenna jacks.
Like the MV3800, the MV2500 sports an Ethernet port, two USB ports for WiFi adapters which can also be used foor connecting USB storage devices, a microUSB port for PC connectivity, a HDMI-out port and both coaxial and optical audio output. However, there is a slight difference in the component video output jacks: while the MV3800 makes use of a non-standard component video implementation via a 3.5mm jack, the MV2500 sports standard component video output ports.
Last but not least, opening the cover at the bottom of the MV2500 reveals one extra connectivity option for an internal SATA hard disk. This means that the MV2500 can support up to two SATA hard disks as opposed to the MV3800, which only has one SATA port available for use.
While the MV3800 design restricted users to only utilizing hard disks of the 3.5-inch form factor, the MV2500 does the opposite by making it impossible to fit anything other than the smaller 2.5-inch hard disk typically found in notebooks. Once again, this restriction makes sense considering just how little real estate is available for use within the MV2500 itself.