There is support for analog and digital-based output allows the devices used on the old TV (CRT type) to the latest (LCD/plasma). Asus O!Play Mini is the media player device capable to running various of multimedia file formats. The device is just a decoder which is connected to the TV using the existing output. The tiny physical form and portability making it practical in use.
Because not include storage media, you must use other external media using USB2.0 connection and a card reader that supports the type of SD, MS, xD and MMC. Especially for the USB port, in addition can be used by external hard drives and flash, can also be used by an external optical device such as a portable DVD writer.
The startup process goes fast. This device will display the menu within seconds. When we try to connect the external hard drive, the device immediately detect and recognize it quickly. If you have a large collection of video and select the video category, the device will scan media store thoroughly. Impact, it would take quite a long time. If you want more quickly, you can go to the folder by category. Through this menu, the file name will be displayed along with the preview window that allows users to explore the content. Besides being able to display a variety of multimedia files, GUI-based menu also features other functions such as delete, copy, cut, and paste to sorting existing multimedia files on the storage media.
Movies with a resolution of 720p and 1080p can run properly by this device. To optimize it, you can use an HDMI 1.3 port, or can utilize digital audio using optical SPDIF output supports 8 channel sound. If you still have a CRT TV / tube, you still can use the RCA connections (composite). As it supports subtitle, this device will automatically display it by default. If you want to change the subtitle, you can use the Options menu on the remote control.
Asus O!Play Mini offers the ability to run various multimedia file formats within mini size. If the DVD player is quite old and Bluray player still considered too expensive, Asus O!Play Mini could be a more appropriate alternative.
|interfaces||USB 2.0, SPDIF, Card reader (SD/MS/xD/MMC)|
|Supported connection||Composite (video and audio), optical SPDIF, HDMI|
|video formats||MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM, RMVB, VC-1, H.264|
|Video File Extensions||TRP, MP4, MOV, Xvid, AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, RMVB 720p, RMVB 1080p, FLV, TS, MTS, M2TS, DAT, MPG, VOB, ISO, IFO, M1V, M2V, M4V|
|audio formats||MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF, Dolby Digital AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS 2.0 + Digital out, Tag ID3|
|image formats||JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF|
|subtitle/playlist Formats||SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA, ASS, IDX, TXT|
|completeness||Composite cable, HDMI cable, Remote control + batteries, Adapter, Manual|
|Dimensions (LWH)||15.18 x 10.67 x 2.9 cm|
|Price (range)*||U.S.$ 75|
- tiny and compact Physical;
- support for full multimedia format;
- supports up to 1080p resolution and 8 channels of audio;
- easy menu/configuration display;
- support firmware updates.
- Without the component port and S-Video.
Score Assessment - Performance: 4 - Facilities: 4 - Ease: 4.25 - Price: 3.75 - Total Score: 4