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ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player

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Product Highlights
  • Supports Several Video & Audio Formats
  • Full HD 1080p Video & Blu-ray Playback
  • Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Channel Surround Sound
  • HDMI 1.3 & Composite A / V Outputs
  • USB Port & S/PDIF Input / Output
  • Card Reader Features 4-In-1 Capability
  • SD, MMC, MS & xD Card Formats Supported
  • RightTxT Auto Subtitle Detection
  • Smart Database Manager
  • Simple & Elegant Palm-Sized Design

The Asus O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player fits in the palm of your hand and is designed to enhance everything from Blu-ray movies and your favorite digital music, to family pictures, subtitle detection and even file sorting and indexing. It's an exciting device, but the O!Play Mini's surprising flexibility, lengthy feature-list and nearly universal format support runs contradictory to its simple, sleek construction and palm-sized design. In fact, it almost requires over-indulgent rhetoric full of metaphor, similes and analogies to accurately articulate the amazing adaptability and advantages afforded by this accommodating and amoeba-like, malleable media player. Feeling the excitement yet? The metaphors and similes work by providing an image of something known to compare and suggest what we should feel about the product. Something like the O!Play Mini Media Player requires creativity, thick rhetoric and hyperbole to express the excitement and flexibility this device can really bring to your home-entertainment system.

Even with some exaggeration, there is still total verity behind the Asus rhetoric, regarding the concept of total adaptability and universal flexibility. In fact, the O!Play Mini Media Player's versatile, vast feature-list, as well as its variety and sheer volume of supported media formats vindicates the Asus claims. Another way to look at this device is as a vessel, leading you, your family and your friends on a virtual voyage from your humdrum, garden-variety living-room entertainment center, to a cinema-quality, larger-than-life home-theater system. This flexible and compact media player supports Blu-ray Disc ISO, MKV, RMVB (1080p), H.264 and DTS-HD MA formats. Plus, Asus outfitted the palm-sized device with Dolby TrueHD, as well as an immersive 7.1 channel high-definition surround sound HD capability. When 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD is paired with the Mini Media Player's Blu-ray 1080p crystal clear format via HDMI, the entire family will experience the uncompressed HD Blu-ray video and lossless surround sound audio, resulting in a thunderous and vivid sensory overload - a feeling straight out of the movie-theater from a device that fits in your pocket.

If you were watching a movie with the O!Play Mini Media Player, then you'd know that as soon as it was over, you can start playing your favorite digital music tracks through the surround sound codec. Plus, the O!Play Mini supports several audio formats including MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC and AIFF file formats - any type can keep the party going with the O!Play Mini. You can even simultaneously entertain your friends and family with a still image slideshow of all your shared memories - directly loaded from your digital camera's memory card. The O!Play Mini Media Player actually affords the flexibility of a 4-in-1 memory card reader. It supports SD, MMC, MS and xD card formats for enhanced adaptability and several image formats including JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF for increased versatility and flexibility. As an added bonus, the O!Play Mini Media Player works just like a typical digital photo frame - except it's turning your large-screen HDTV into a unique digital photo frame/album. This adds to the special, right-for-every-situation complete adaptability of the O!Play Mini. Every small feature or additional support adds to the immersive experience.

The O!Play Mini Media Player also supports a plethora of other HD content and it's packed with unique and inclusive features like the Asus Exclusive RightTxT Auto Subtitle Detection for more convenient movie watching of content from all over the world; a flexible and adaptable 4-in-1 SD, MMC, MS and xD card reader for quickly loading your still images; the intuitive Smart Database Manager interface for easy file indexing; and an HDMI output for viewing everything on your HDTV in 1080p full, uncompressed high-definition with lossless audio through the Dolby Digital TrueHD or DTS-HD MA codecs and the O!Play Mini's 7.1 channel surround sound capability. With so many formats supported and an impressive list of flexibility-enhancing features - the palm-sized, simple elegance of the Asus O!Play Mini Media Player could never hurt from some hyperbole and rhetorical angling to spark our imagination as to the true extend and capabilities of this compact device.

Mini Size & Massive Entertainment
The compact O!Play Mini is a digital pinata, bursting with a wealth of high definition content and features. It affords true HD quality video and 7.1 channel audio so you can get together with friends and family to enjoy great movies, music and even photo-sharing
Stylish & Compact Design Plays HD Media
The O!Play Mini is perfect for your living room. It expands your media collection and turns your USB drive into a full HD media player. Plus, it features a glossy finish and lightweight design
Supports the Most Powerful Decoding & Most Popular Media Formats
The unique device provides an HD experience, free from format compatibility worries. It supports Blu-ray Disc ISO, MKV, RMVB (1080p), H.264, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, OGG, FLAC and many others
Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Channel Surround Sound & Full 1080p HD for Theater-Like Enjoyment
Dolby TrueHD digital surround decoding and passthrough take full advantage of Blu-ray Disc quality with 7.1 Channel audio output. Plus, full HD video through HDMI offers up to six times the resolution of traditional DVD and HDMI is easy to connect, facilitates uncompressed 1080p video, lets you browse photos and even jam out to your favorite music
Exclusive RightTxT Auto Subtitle Detection
This exclusive and smart subtitle encoding ensures more convenient movie watching of content from all over the world and there's no need to select subtitles manually; the O!Play Mini chooses from a variety of languages in real time
4-In-1 Card Reader for Easy Access to Huge Range of Photo Formats
O!Play Mini brings you multi-format high quality photo viewing joy for those perfect moments. It works like a big-screen digital photo frame so you can share memories with family and friends. Besides supporting SD, MMC, MS and xD card formats, the media player also supports JPEG, BMP, GIF and TIFF image formats
Smart Database Manager for Easy File Indexing
Helping you sort media files more conveniently, the intuitive O!Play Mini interface includes indexing features to quickly organize even the biggest media libraries. It includes at-a-glance indication of content indexing status, plus playback is made faster and easier than ever with instant indexing. The Smart Database Manager also includes intuitive visual indication of whether content has been indexed or not. Media icons are grayed out while not indexed, so you can see their status right away
Supported Formats Video: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM, RMVB, VC-1, H.264
Video File Extension: 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: MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF, Dolby Digital AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS 2.0 +Digital out, Tag ID3
Image: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA, ASS, IDX, TXT
Inputs USB port x 1
S/PDIF (Optical) x 1
4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MS/xD/MMC) x 1
DC Power-In x 1
Outputs Composite Video x 1
Composite Audio L/R x 1
S/PDIF Out (Optical) x 1
HDMI 1.3 x 1
Utilities FAT 16/32
NTFS
HFS/HFS+
EXT3
Alarm Volume Yes
Power Supply DC 12V / 2A
110-220 V AC
Power Consumption 10W
Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F (5 to 35°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.0 x 1.1 x 4.2" (15.2 x 2.9 x 10.7 cm)
Weight 6.2 oz (175 g)
ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player
  • AC Adapter
  • Plug
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Composite A / V Cable
  • CD User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
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    ASUSO!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player
     
    4.1

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (9)
    • Fast connection (8)
    • Reliable connection (7)
    • Smart features (6)
    • Secure connection (5)

    Cons

    • Difficult to set up (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home network (5)
    • Small networks (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • High bandwidth user (6), Low bandwidth user (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (9), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Plays well, sluggish remote

    I bought this to play back AVCHD videos in 1080 - 30p format. I use it for video presentations to dive clubs, and it's a much better alternative than lugging a laptop to connect...Read complete review

    I bought this to play back AVCHD videos in 1080 - 30p format. I use it for video presentations to dive clubs, and it's a much better alternative than lugging a laptop to connect to an HDMI-port-equipped LCD projector. It plays back hi-def video files without choking or stuttering, plays a huge variety of file formats, and presents a crystal clear image with impressive audio.It has a few drawbacks. It often responds sluggishly to the remote control, which makes finding and selecting files a bit of a chore. It spends time scanning a new hard drive, which will take some time if you connect a USB drive with lots of files on it, and scanning bogs down playback. You can ask it to stop scanning, though, when you first plug in the drive.As another reviewer has noted, the documentation is incomplete. It walks you through the basic functions, but doesn't describe any of the advanced features like playback zoom, which means you have to play with the device to figure out what it can do.The user interface is okay, in my opinion, but not great. It works quite a bit like Sony products (PlayStation 3, TVs, and disc players), so if you're familiar with that system the Asus interface will make more sense.One last thing: the Overview text for this product is the finest and funniest piece of marketing gobbledygook I've ever read! Who knew that I was buying not just a media player, but a "digital pinata?"

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poorly Documented

    I haven't used the O!Play Mini in all of its various modes. No surround sound or blueray capability here. Haven't tried the FLASH card port. I use it only to display home...Read complete review

    I haven't used the O!Play Mini in all of its various modes. No surround sound or blueray capability here. Haven't tried the FLASH card port. I use it only to display home movies and still photos via a projection system, and it seems to do a reasonable job of that.

    I can, however, comment on the quality of the Asus documentation, both as supplied with the unit and on their Web site and on their customer service. It's very minimal. For example, to update the FLASH program in the unit, I had to learn by trial and error that the steps required are a) download the current version off their Web site, which is zipped, b) unzip into a default folder embedded in the zipped file (e.g. V.1.1.3) and c) (and this last step wasn't obvious) transfer the two unzipped files in that folder into the root directory of the connected USB device. Without that last step the Mini simply stares at you and claims it can't find any updated firmware. I used a thumb drive, but presumably it would work the same with an outboard USB hard drive.

    When I called Asus customer service they could tell me nothing other than that there was "probably something wrong with the Mini" and to return the unit to B&H for replacement. I was skeptical but did as they instructed.

    B&H was great, sent me a replacement, expedited with no shipping charge plus pre-paid RMA, and it was only after I discovered the same issue with the replacement that I began to experiment and learned the root directory trick.

    Sorry for being so verbose. I'm including all the detail in the hope it will save some future buyer a headache.

    So in summary, for the money and with a caveat on the functionality I'm not using, the Mini seems to be a very nice little piece of gear, but don't count on Asus for great documentation or customer service. B&H, as usual, performed flawlessly.

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    5.0

    Excellent player.

    By Ken

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

    This player has played every movie file I through at it.

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    5.0

    Works to loop video from a USB thumb

    By Jeffrey

    from Encinitas, CA

    About Me Power User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

          The main reason I bought this is to test and see if it would loop a video from a USB thumb drive. It works for that and the menu is clean.
          I work for a watersports brand and we offer require our dealers to have a TV in each store and show our promo video content. We send content to dealers by USB thumb drive and they can download new content from our dealer site.
          I need to be able to recommend an affordable media player that not only plays video from the drive but offers a repeat or loop option. The Apple TV doesn't allow you to play from a USB, The Google TV by Vizio and also the flagship model from Roku have a USB port and allow you to play video but do not allow you to repeat. The Western Digital TV Live is the only other player I recommend for this commercial use.

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          • No

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          4.0

          O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audi

          By Stephen

          from San Leandro, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast Connection Speed
          • Reliable connection
          • Secure Connection
          • Smart Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

              This is a great media player and price is good.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Other

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              5.0

              as specified

              By bisu

              from pisa Italy

              About Me high bandwidth user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast Connection Speed

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Small Networks

                Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                Yes it plays multi-format media files. Works perfectly.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Perfect Hard Drive Player

                By Nick

                from Phoenix AZ

                About Me Low bandwidth user

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Plug And Go

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Entertainment Center

                  Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                  I got this as a gift for a friend, his blu ray player wouldn't read flash drives or portable hard drives. I got it and tested it out and it is awesome, and simple. Reads everything, plays great. Even worked with my 4TB, which is formatted differently. Great little gadget, Good job Asus.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  4.0

                  money well spent

                  By Z-Bott

                  from Arlington, NJ

                  About Me high bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Reliable connection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network

                    Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                    Having owned two more of these units, I purchased this one as a music player for my sound system. I have accumulated many music files and store them on an external HD. I connect the HD to the Asus and Asus sees all my files. I then set the unit for random play - Instant radio station! There are several drawbacks to the Asus. It is design as a multi-media player. And it does this quite well. My other Asus units are used this way and play 95% of all media files (the other 5% don't play because of file corruption). However, you need to connected it to a TV or computer monitor to see what the unit is doing (i.e. what files are being played and in what order). For my music files I am using an old analog tv. The sound output is okay - it could be louder (even when the volume setting is at the maximum). And when not being used, the power supply for the Asus should be turned off. I noticed on my other Asus units that when the power supply is always on and the Asus is in standby mode that sometimes the Asus hangs up on startup and I have to unplug the power supply for several seconds and then reconnect it in order for the Asus to work properly. The easy solution to unplugging the power supply is using a simple power switch ac plug. I found one at home improvement store. It is an electric plug on one side and a female receptacle on the other. In the middle is a toggle switch. When plugged in the switch turns power on and off. The unit is compact and works well.Please note: this unit does have an ethernet port - no connection to the internet or to your home network.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    I think buy this product again for famil

                    By bangoai

                    from fort worth, TX

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast Connection Speed
                    • Secure Connection
                    • Smart Features

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network
                      • Large Networks
                      • Small Networks

                      Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                      I like this products, I talk with too friends and they likes easy for conecct them.
                      Verry good,
                      Thank you.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Other

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                      4.0

                      very good product

                      By omarkalil

                      from itapira,sao paulo, brazil

                      About Me Low bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast Connection Speed

                      Cons

                      • Remote Control

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network

                      Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                      i use in domestic cinema

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Plays well, sluggish remote

                      By Laughing Eel

                      from Oakland, CA

                      About Me high bandwidth user

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent audio and video
                      • Plays wide format variety

                      Cons

                      • Bad documentation
                      • Sluggish remote response

                      Best Uses

                      • Home theater
                      • Video presentations

                      Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                      I bought this to play back AVCHD videos in 1080 - 30p format. I use it for video presentations to dive clubs, and it's a much better alternative than lugging a laptop to connect to an HDMI-port-equipped LCD projector. It plays back hi-def video files without choking or stuttering, plays a huge variety of file formats, and presents a crystal clear image with impressive audio.It has a few drawbacks. It often responds sluggishly to the remote control, which makes finding and selecting files a bit of a chore. It spends time scanning a new hard drive, which will take some time if you connect a USB drive with lots of files on it, and scanning bogs down playback. You can ask it to stop scanning, though, when you first plug in the drive.As another reviewer has noted, the documentation is incomplete. It walks you through the basic functions, but doesn't describe any of the advanced features like playback zoom, which means you have to play with the device to figure out what it can do.The user interface is okay, in my opinion, but not great. It works quite a bit like Sony products (PlayStation 3, TVs, and disc players), so if you're familiar with that system the Asus interface will make more sense.One last thing: the Overview text for this product is the finest and funniest piece of marketing gobbledygook I've ever read! Who knew that I was buying not just a media player, but a "digital pinata?"

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      A very useful player

                      By sadilak

                      from NYC, NY

                      About Me high bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                            I primarily purchased this product to play movies while on vacation(Especially Orlando with the Kids). I have a decent collection of movies(purchased from iTunes and Google Play etc etc) and stream the movies through this media player on to the TV in the resort room so that the kids can watch them. It is also a handy player when you want to view your photos on the television.
                            The internal OS that resides in this player is pretty nifty.

                            What's not so great about it is the fact that it is just a media player and that's it. There is no wifi or any other built in apps.
                            The remote can take some patience to get used to.

                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            4.0

                            Great Media Player!!!!!

                            By Elioth

                            from Asunción, Paraguay

                            About Me Low bandwidth user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast Connection Speed
                            • Secure Connection
                            • Smart Features

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home network
                              • Small Networks

                              Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                              Very practical, excellent quality with simple controls.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              4.0

                              Friendly use

                              By Nhel

                              from Miami

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable connection

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                                  Essy to set up and navigate.

                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Wonderfu!

                                  By v

                                  from crumbley chapel, al

                                  About Me high bandwidth user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Fast Connection Speed
                                  • Reliable connection
                                  • Smart Features

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home network

                                    Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                                    I purchased this item to view movies, it reads the following type of files with no problems, avi ands divx,. I haven't had time to test the photo and music section, but if it's anything like the movie section... I'm going to love it.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic!

                                    By Mike

                                    from Concord, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Fast Connection Speed
                                    • Reliable connection
                                    • Secure Connection
                                    • Smart Features

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                                        Everything is great, but sometimes it is hard to find a folder, you have to reverse back to option to find it.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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                                        1.0

                                        Horrible user interface

                                        By Scott

                                        from Houston

                                        About Me high bandwidth user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Hard to use

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Set Up

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                                          Small and compact, looks nice. I returned mine because it is impossibly difficult to use. It's like they built it and sold it without ever testing it.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          2.0

                                          Sleek Exterior - Clumsy Interface

                                          By Exhibitions

                                          from Cambridge, MA

                                          About Me Low bandwidth user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Fast Connection Speed
                                          • Reliable connection
                                          • Secure Connection
                                          • Smart Features

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult To Set Up
                                          • Not Intuative Interface

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Small Networks

                                          Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                                          It has a sleek exterior design. Very hip. It seems to do everything advertised, however the interface is clumsy compared to other La Cinema Mini HD (which is the product we ended up choosing to use).

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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                                          3.0

                                          Poorly Documented

                                          By Sig the Retired

                                          from Hayden, ID

                                          About Me Low bandwidth user

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Reliable connection

                                          Cons

                                          • Difficult To Set Up

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Dedicated media player

                                          Comments about ASUS O!Play Mini Compact HD, 7.1 Channel Audio Multi-Format Media Player:

                                          I haven't used the O!Play Mini in all of its various modes. No surround sound or blueray capability here. Haven't tried the FLASH card port. I use it only to display home movies and still photos via a projection system, and it seems to do a reasonable job of that.

                                          I can, however, comment on the quality of the Asus documentation, both as supplied with the unit and on their Web site and on their customer service. It's very minimal. For example, to update the FLASH program in the unit, I had to learn by trial and error that the steps required are a) download the current version off their Web site, which is zipped, b) unzip into a default folder embedded in the zipped file (e.g. V.1.1.3) and c) (and this last step wasn't obvious) transfer the two unzipped files in that folder into the root directory of the connected USB device. Without that last step the Mini simply stares at you and claims it can't find any updated firmware. I used a thumb drive, but presumably it would work the same with an outboard USB hard drive.

                                          When I called Asus customer service they could tell me nothing other than that there was "probably something wrong with the Mini" and to return the unit to B&H for replacement. I was skeptical but did as they instructed.

                                          B&H was great, sent me a replacement, expedited with no shipping charge plus pre-paid RMA, and it was only after I discovered the same issue with the replacement that I began to experiment and learned the root directory trick.

                                          Sorry for being so verbose. I'm including all the detail in the hope it will save some future buyer a headache.

                                          So in summary, for the money and with a caveat on the functionality I'm not using, the Mini seems to be a very nice little piece of gear, but don't count on Asus for great documentation or customer service. B&H, as usual, performed flawlessly.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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