The media player is a way to avoid having to keep the ever increasing stack of disks by the TV/Stereo. More importantly, if one has kids, it avoids the financial and time-consuming impact of tiny hands destroying your DVDs during handling.
After a horrible experience with a Western Digital HDTV unit purchased in July of 09 I was more than a bit tentative about buying this product. WD HDTV turned out to be betaware that would not play my movies and which exhibited lengthy freezes and control problems on the video it would play. The Oplay! product seemed like it was just what I needed so I decided to purchase through Walmart because of their excellent return policy.
However, what's not to like with the Oplay? It plays all my movies (ISO and VIDEO TS folder structures) without a hitch. The image that hits my Sony Bravia is bright, crisp, & clear the way I like it. The Oplay supports 1080p, normal & widescreen video.
The remote is reasonably fast and responsive and the unit does not take a long time to deal with my 1 TB USB drive. The Oplay is also supposed to support eSata. I may evaluate that at some future date but, frankly, it works so well with the USB port that it is not a priority.
One note: I have not had the unit a long period of time and have not used it yet for either pictures or music. Given its performance in the video arena I don't expect a problem there but will certainly update this review for completeness if I find a problem.
Have not tried the network feature either, though it might be additionally attractive from a kid-proofing POV (even leaving the USB drive out where it is exposed to handling does not seem a good idea to me).
A minor downer: as another reviewer pointed out - only one USB drive can be accessed at a time. With ever larger USB drives this doesn't seem awful. And there is always the network option as a possibility.
The kids are happy & I am happy - thank you ASUS
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