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ASUS O!Play Air - Wireless N TV HD Media Player

by Asus
3.5 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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  • Instant music playing with dedicated Music Shuffle remote button
  • Simple and fast plug-and-play connectivity (eSATA, USB 2.0, CF, SD+MMC, MS+MS Duo)
  • Full 1080p high-definition video via HDMI output
  • Hassle-free multimedia playback without file conversion
  • High-speed wireless 802.11n / Ethernet LAN connection for easy network streaming
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Technical Details

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Product Description

Product Description

ASUS O!Play Air - now with integrated wireless N and a built-in card reader, it is the most convenient way access your media files to your TV/monitor. Stream your media content wirelessly or through the LAN. Also equipped with a eSATA, USB, card reader for a variety of storage support. This device is easy to use and highly compatible with many video and audio formats. Experience full HD 1080p playback through the HDMI port.

From the Manufacturer

These days many of us have a constantly growing media library, with our favorite music, movies, and photos in a variety of formats and locations. The ASUS O!Play Air is designed to easily bring your media into your living room, without sacrificing quality. Enjoy video in full HD 1080p resolution, full-fidelity audio, and photo slideshows on your HDTV or home theater setup.

The ASUS O!Play Air takes multimedia enjoyment to the next level with wireless 802.11n support. Access your favorite music, movie, and photo collection from the attached storage devices, or stream them right from the HTPC, media servers or home PCs on your network.

With impressively wide format support, a wealth of connection options, and playback over a wireless network, directly from USB/eSATA drives, or memory cards, the O!Play Air is perfect Internet-ready media solution.

Better than before!




Key Features

  • Hassle-free multimedia playback without file conversion
  • Full 1080p high-definition video via HDMI output
  • High-speed wireless 802.11n / Ethernet LAN connection for easy network streaming
  • Simple and fast plug-and-play connectivity (eSATA, USB 2.0, CF, SD+MMC, MS+MS Duo)
  • Bitstream or decode Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Surround audio
  • Sleek and compact design
  • Instant music playing with dedicated Music Shuffle remote button


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Full HD 1080p Support

Excellent Performance with Exceptional Features Witness stunning High Definition media in the comfort of your living room.

By connecting the O!Play Air HD Media Player via HDMI, you can enjoy full 1080p high-definition video and digital audio using over a single cable.

The O!Play Air also features an optical digital audio output for lossless audio transfer to your receiver or TV.

If you have yet to jump on the HDTV or digital audio bandwagon, no worries, the O!Play Air also features composite (RCA) audio and video outputs to ensure compatibility with most any setup.


Small but Powerful - Supports Virtually All Formats

The Perfect Companion for Your Eee PC O!Play Air may be compact, but it's fully equipped to play most formats in your digital library. O!Play Air supports these formats:

  • Video Compression: MPEG1/2/4, RM/RMVB, VC-1, H.264
  • Video File Extension: .MP4, .MOV, .XVID, .AVI, .DIVX, .ASF, .WMV, .MKV, .RM, .RMVB, .FLV, .TS, .M2TS, .DAT, .MPG, .VOB, .ISO
  • Audio: MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF
  • Image: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
  • Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA


  • O!Play Air can also bitstream Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Surround audio to your receiver to bring realism to the next level. If you plan on plugging the O!Play Air directly to your TV set, HDP-R3 can decode those formats and provide a stereo output without headache or hassle.

    With such a wide range of compatibility, you can enjoy your media without waiting for conversion.


    High Speed Connectivity (eSATA and USB 2.0)

    Simple, Mobile, Essence of Easy Living HD content brings incredible detail to your high-definition TV, but it also requires huge bandwidth to display. It's for this reason that many consumers invest in external storage devices with high-speed USB or eSATA interfaces.

    O!Play Air provides an onboard eSATA (external SATA) port that is 6X faster than USB 2.0 for high speed transfer from your portable hard drives.

    And since the unit features both an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo port and a dedicated USB 2.0 port, you can store your media on drives with either interface, and access multiple drives simultaneously.

    With new support for CF, SD, MMC, MS, and MS Duo memory cards, you can directly browse the photos from your camera's memory cards right on the big screen.


    Advanced Network Support

    Widely Compatible Those who have their media on network-attached-storage or a networked PC will be delighted to know that the O!Play Air features an on-board LAN and 802.11 wireless support.

    With high-speed 300Mbps Wireless N and Ethernet connectivity, you can stream contents directly to the O!Play Air rather than moving and connecting external drives.

    No matter your media storage preference, the O!Play Air's got you covered.


    Easy-to-Use Interface

    Widely Compatible The O!Play Air features an intuitive user interface that lets you easily access the files on your storage device regardless of your technical know-how. It only takes a few clicks to begin enjoying your media.

    Plus, with advanced options, you can customize settings such as subtitles, aspect ratio, noise reduction and more, to optimize your viewing experience.


    Music Shuffle and More at Your Finger Tips

    Widely Compatible The O!Play Air features a full-function remote for navigating your media, complete with a unique dedicated button for instantly shuffling your music. Just press the Music Shuffle button, and O!Play Air accesses all the available music files for random playback.

    O!Play Air also works great as a photo viewer to easily share your vacation photos with your family and friends. Use the remote to control the slideshow.


    Warranty

    ASUS 1 Year Limited North American Warranty

    ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 comes with 1 year limited warranty within North America.
    Please visit Support.ASUS.com for more details on ASUS multimedia warranty policy.


    What's in the Box

  • ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 HD Media Player
  • Composite (RCA) Audio/Video Cable
  • Remote Control (2x AAA Batteries Included)
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Starter Guide
  • Complete User Manual (CD)



  • System Requirements:

  • Hard drive (eSATA or USB) or USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it
  • Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections (HDMI cable not included)
  • Optional: A/V receiver with HDMI or S/PDIF connections for better audio enjoyment
  • Optional: Wireless b/g/n or LAN network with RJ-45 cable for streaming by LAN port



  • Specifications

  • Supported Formats:
    Video: MPEG1/2/4,RM/RMVB,VC-1,H.264
    Video File Extension: .mp4,.mov,.xvid,.avi,.divx,.asf,.wmv,.mkv,.rm,.rmvb,.flv,.ts,.m2ts,.dat,.mpg,.vob
    Audio: MP3,WAV,AAC,OGG,FLAC,AIFF
    Image: JPEG,BMP,PNG,GIF,TIFF
    Subtitle: SRT,SUB,SMI,SSA


  • Inputs:
    DC Power In
    1xUSB 2.0 Port
    1xUSB 2.0 / eSATA Combo Port
    RJ-45 LAN Port


  • Outputs:
    Composite Video
    Composite Audio L/R
    S/PDIF Out
    HDMI 1.3


  • LAN Networking:
    Wireless 802.11n (2.4GHz n)
    TCP/IP (DHCP or Static IP Address)
    10/100Mbps Wired LAN


  • Dimensions:
    7.12 x 4.93 x 1.88 inches (W x D x H)

  • Weight:
    0.92 lbs


  • Power Power Source: 12V DC, 2A, 24W Power Adapter
    Power Consumption: < 10W
    Operating Temperature: 41- 95 degrees F


  • Formats not supported:
    Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Video on Demand™, and Vongo®.


  • All specifications are subject to change without notice.
    Color is subject to change without notice.
    Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.
    Product may not be exactly as shown in photos.

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    Product Information

    Technical Details

    Brand Name Asus
    Item Weight 1.1 pounds
    Product Dimensions 7 x 4.8 x 1.7 inches
    Item model number O!Play Air
    Color Name Black
    Special Features DC in Jack

    Additional Information

    ASIN B002YK1FFI
    Customer Reviews
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #1,762 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Streaming Media Players
    #25,036 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
    Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds
    Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
    International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    Date First Available December 28, 2009

    Warranty & Support

    Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

    Customer Reviews

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    Verified Purchase
    Only a few short months after the debut of the ASUS O!Play HDP-R1, Asus gives us the O!Play Air (HDP-R3). It adds wireless connectivity and a media card reader to an already solid media player. For users in search of a versatile wireless media device, this is a serious candidate for your entertainment dollar.

    Physically, the Air is identical to its predecessor. It's the same boxy plain-Jane black housing except with a new LED indicator (for Wi-Fi) on the front and 3 media reader slots on the left side (CompactFlash, SD, Memory Stick). Inside, it is the same Realtek chipset and software, therefore, it inherits all the strengths of the R1 as well as all its flaws. For more details on the usability issues, please read my review on the O!Play R1 page.

    Instead, I'll focus mostly on the wireless playback capability of the Air, since it is marketed principally as a wireless media player. If you don't need wireless, by all means, save yourself some $ and go with the R1. But if like me, your router and storage devices are too far from your media player/TV and you don't want to be running wires all over the house, then the Air is for you. An alternative is to use powerline ethernet technology, which sends network traffic through your home electrical wiring, but such adapters like the ZyXEL PLA401 200 Mbps Powerline HomePlug AV Wall-plug Adapter (Starter Kit--2 units) are an extra $80-150 to start (and you need at least 2).

    Like the R1, set up was a breeze. Do you have to supply your own HDMI cable though (only a composite is included).
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    A friend brought the non-wireless version and I got a demo. I decided to give this wireless version a try. Here is my setup: a NAS drive, a 802.11n gigabit rounter and this unit. The unit does not come with good documentation. Unless you are a computer geek like me, setup could be very challenging. Initial connection to play video stored on the NAS drive is very choppy. After a day of investigation (more like trial and error), I isolated the problem to the NAS drive. It had too many services running (e.g. FTP, HTTP, NFS, Media stream Server (for iPOD)). After turning off all services and leaving only CIFS running, the choppiness disappear.

    My major complain to this unit is its lack of documention. This networked setup is not plug'n'play. The manufacture need to build a knowledge base for the networked setup or direct customer to some common wiki page.
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    I'm happy with my oplay wireless. It works, and over N I can steam content up to 720p, for 1080p I need to use a hard drive (1080p is major data...). The playback quality it great.

    Cons
    The remote is not responsive. Entering in the WPA password required hitting a key 3-4 times before the device would register. I tried using it 1 foot from the device with the same result.

    The device would not mount my windows 7 shares. I had to telnet to the device (login is root no password) and mount my media via a CIFS share in the backend.

    Conclusion
    I would buy this device again, but someone without IT know-how might find the mounting process daunting.
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    I have 3 HD Media players on my network. All three have worked very well with microsoft WHS. Currently connected to my network i have one of each of the following:
    1) Western Digital WD TV Live Network-ready HD Media Player
    2) ASUS O!Play Air - Wireless N TV HD Media Player
    3) ASUS O!Play - TV HD Media Player
    I would rate them in this order. The western digital seems to be the smoothest running, most user friendly one we own. Overall all 3 have streamed videos very well. Both of the OPlay players seem to have the same user menu(a standard black/white/blue no frills list format.) I have only had a couple of problems when streaming hd videos to the wireless player. I think only because it is at a very far point away from wireless source. End of the day buy the Western Digital...or better yet just buy a windows remote and connect your pc/laptop to your tv with an hdmi cable(or dvi/svideo/rca...if you must) All of these players still do not do what we can do on our pc's. It will be awhile before these are perfect.
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    Knowing all the user feedback and shortcoming of this product, I decided to give it a try because this is the only player in the market that plays almost all the formats that I used. The cons of this product include

    1. The wireless setup is definitive a pain. After a frustating 30 min of setup, I was able to connect to my router. After which, I couldn't remember what combinations of options and retries I've done. Upgrading the firmware definitely resolved the wireless (and other) problems but the upgrade was not straight forward neither.
    2. I downloaded the latest firmware to a usb memory card and physically move it over to the player to upgrade its firmware. Though it hangs the first time, after resetting it again, the player seems to recognize the presence of the firmware and do an automatic upgrade.
    3. Overall, the setup process entails me to exercise my professional common sense (with many years of IT career) and set it up without any documentations nor contacting technical support (which seems to be useless). Be prepared that the process will be frustrating if you are up for the challenge.
    4. Once the router is working, it seems to be stable but the user interface and functions are relatively primitive. I have a PC where I place all my media files, I wish this media player can save the directory structure so that I could push a button and navigate directly to the subfolders I need. Instead, I had to go through a few levels of directory structures everytime I power on the player.

    Now the good part of it:

    1. It plays almost all the formats we can find in the market. RMVB is not a very popular format in the US but it plays them well.
    2. The router is stable and I had not picture quality issue during playback.
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