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Asus O!Play Media Pro Performance Review, Local and Network Usage

In addition through storage media, there is also a wired connection and a wireless network allows you to play multimedia files.

Judging from the specifications as well as support for multimedia formats, this series has similarities with Asus O!Play Mini which we’ve tested recently. Only, there are other differences in the series Media Pro. The difference lies in the support of a network connection via the ethernet port and the wireless connection support that has integrated. Both of this connection allows you to stream online and lets you share content with your computer within a single network with router help.

As a Smart TV, the device will display a menu from different functions embedded. That functionalities organized by group, you can run the video format files, pictures, and music. Especially on Online Media function, you can easily to accessing the selected sites provided such as Facebook, or YouTube. So you could do it all over TV with the help of an Internet connection.

Utilizing a wireless connection, you can run a streaming video online or offline from the PC and Android devices via the TV screen. You can implemented this function by using O!Direct app which firstly installed on your PC, as well as via the O!Mediashare app installed on Android.

Media Pro also adds digital TV broadcast reception function, which unfortunately has not been widely available. For information, now only some TV channels just regularly have digital broadcasts. Some time ago, some private TV channels on our country had ever broadcasting it, unfortunately only in the experimental stage.

Asus O!Play Media Pro is a flexible multimedia device thanks to the support of wired and wireless connections. With it you can enjoy various multimedia files from the Internet and share files with computers within a single network. While top box functions can used to capture digital TV broadcasts. This could be an extra feature which is unfortunately useless for users in some countries.

Specification

storage types external
interfaces USB 2.0, LAN, Card reader (SD and MMC)
Supported connection analog RCA, optical SPDIF, HDMI, ethernet
video formats MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM, RMVB, VC-1, H.264
Video Files Extension TRP, MP4, MOV, Xvid, AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, FLV, TS, MTS, M2TS, DAT, MPG, VOB, ISO
audio formats MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF, Dolby Digital AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby True HD (Passthrough), Dolby True HD (Decoding), Tag ID3
image formats JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
subtitle/playlist formats SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA, TXT
streaming services Facebook, YoutubeXL, Youtube Leanback, Muzee internet radio and TV, AceTrax
streaming services Movies, Dailymotion, Picasa, Flickr, Yahoo! Finance, and Weather, RSS Feeds and Podcasts.
completeness RCA cables, remote control + battery, Adaptor, Manual + CD, Screws (4pcs)
Dimensions (LWH) 15.1 x 10.67 x 2.9 cm
weight 175 gr
guarantee 1 year
Website http://www.asus.com
Price (range)* U.S.$ 95
Online Media
You can stream video and access to social networking via the menu available on the Online Media functions.
Digital Broadcasting
In addition to the output port analog and digital display, also included antenna port for digital TV broadcasting.
O! Mediashare Features
Streaming from Android-based smartphones can displayed on the TV screen by utilizing O!Mediashare feature. Support of popular streaming site are more complete than via the Online Media option.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Support HD format;
  • Support digital and analog outputs;
  • Firmware updates facilities;
  • Support digital TV broadcasts;
  • Wired and wireless network connections;
  • Streaming access options and social networking;
  • O!Direct and O!Mediashare features.

Cons

  • Lacks of digital TV function which useless in some countries and not all sites in Online Media feature can used by the users in some countries.
Score Assessment
 - Performance: 4.15
 - Facilities: 4.25
 - Ease: 4
 - Price: 3.75
 - Total Score: 4.1

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