Western Digital’s latest media player did a great job of consolidating the information on the external hard drive; finding photos, songs and video clips, and the on-screen result was fantastic. However, not everything was peachy… Let’s check out the good, and the bad.

This article was written by our fellow vr-zone.com forum member/moderator Soundpunk, who has great interest in consumer entertainment products and Apple products. Many thanks to him for his views and also taking the time to try out this player.

With more people exploring the frontiers of high definition content, many are opting for mini-desktops like the Asus Eee Box as a companion to their home entertainment getaway. It was only a matter of time before storage solution giant Western Digital would enter the arena and unleash an easy and inexpensive media device.

Meet the WD TV HD Media Player.


To be perfectly clear, this acronym-happy black box is neither a storage device, nor a DVR (Digital Video Recorder); it simply plays your media files. Think of it as a DVD player without the DVD drive, but armed with 2 USB ports.


Let’s take a look at the specifications of this little bundle of joy:


Unique to the WD TV HD Media Player is the support for Full HD (1080p) output through HDMI and most significantly, video compatibility for Microsoft’s WMV9, QuickTime’s MOV (MPEG-4, H.264) and MKV. But every rose has its thorns; the same goes for this slick player, which left out MPEG-2 VOB and DivX decoding.

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