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ASUS O!Play - TV HD Media Player (Black)

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  • Hassle-free multimedia playback without file conversion
  • Full 1080p high-definition video via HDMI output
  • Simple and fast plug-and-play connectivity (eSATA, USB 2.0)
  • High-speed Ethernet LAN connection for easy network streaming
  • Highly compatible device that supports HDMI and composite inputs
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameAsus
Item Weight2.3 pounds
Product Dimensions7 x 5 x 1.8 inches
Item model numberO!Play
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB002MCZJ3C
Shipping Weight4 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 22, 2009
  
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Asus O!Play 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 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. With impressively wide format support, a wealth of connection options, and playback over a network or directly from USB and eSATA drives, the O!Play is an elegant and modern media solution.
Slim and Portable-Record DVDs On-the-Go

The Easiest Way to Enjoy HD Content in the Living Room

  • Hassle-free multimedia playback without file conversion
  • Full 1080p high-definition video via HDMI output
  • Simple and fast plug-and-play connectivity (eSATA, USB 2.0)
  • High-speed Ethernet LAN connection for easy network streaming
  • Bitstream or decode Dolby Digital and DTS Surround audio
  • Sleek and compact design

Excellent Performance with Exceptional Features

Full HD 1080p Support

By connecting the O!Play HD Media Player via HDMI, you can enjoy full 1080p high-definition video and digital audio using over a single cable. The HDP-R1 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 also features composite (RCA) audio and video outputs to ensure compatibility with most any setup.


The Perfect Companion for Your Eee PC

Small but Powerful

O!Play may be compact, but it's fully equipped to play most formats in your digital library. O!Play 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
  • Audio: MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF
  • Image: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
  • Subtitle: SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA

O!Play can also bitstream Dolby Digital and DTS Surround audio to your receiver to bring realism to the next level. If you plan on plugging the O!Play directly to your TV set, HDP-R1 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.

 


Simple, Mobile, Essence of Easy Living

High Speed Connectivity (eSATA and USB 2.0)

HD content brings full details to your High Definition TV, but it also requires huge bandwidth to render that detailed content. This is why many consumers have invested in external drives with high-speed USB or eSATA interfaces.

HDP-R1 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.


Widely Compatible

Advanced LAN Network Support

Those who have their media on network-attached-storage or a networked PC will be delighted to know that the O!Play features an on-board LAN port.

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

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


Widely Compatible

Easy-to-Use Interface

The O!Play 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.


Widely Compatible

Music Shuffle and More at Your Fingertips

The O!Play 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 accesses all the available music files for random playback.

O!Play 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.


One-Year Warranty

The O!Play HDP-R1 comes with a one-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 HDP-R1 HD Media Player
  • Composite (RCA) Audio/Video Cable
  • Remote Control (2x AAA Batteries Included)
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Starter Guide
  • Complete User Manual (CD)

Product Description

ASUS O!Play is the most convenient way access your media files on your TV. This device is easy to use and highly compatible with many video and audio formats. Equipped with an eSATA, USB, and LAN port, you can access your files from an external hard drive, PC, or NAS. The O!Play even supports HDMI so you can display your content in 1080p.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The O!Play plays them all.
David Hofmann
And I have had other Asus products and I have come to really like their quality.
PIB
The firmware update is buggy as hell.
JL

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

269 of 283 people found the following review helpful By buru buru piggu TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2009
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It's not much to look at coming out of the box, but boy, does the O!Play pack a wallop! It's an outstanding first effort from Taiwan-based Asus, a company known more for Eee Netbook and notebook computers than home entertainment devices. With Asus being a newcomer to the media player field and my having tested so many bad players, I was a bit hesitant to order the O!Play, but now I'm a believer. With its exhaustive list of supported video codecs and network connectivity, it is nearly the perfect player, capable of playing everything from VCD to DVD to Blu-ray/HD DVD rips. Most notably, it supports RMVB, an important feature to fans of Asian shows and one that most of the major-brand players lack, including the otherwise superb WD TV HD Media Player and WD TV Live Network-ready HD Media Player. ASUS seems to be very actively developing firmwares and I'm impressed by their diligence.

SETUP:
Setup is easy and literally takes 30 seconds. On the side is 1 USB port and 1 eSATA port to connect local hard drives should you need them. HDMI and optical cable (S/PDIF) are not included, so you'll need your own. I really appreciate Asus using a 2-prong power cord instead of a wall-wart that blocks neighboring outlets. True to Asus's PC pedigree, the AC adapter looks like a PC laptop's AC adapter. It's very small (about the size of a
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187 of 213 people found the following review helpful By mp on October 3, 2009
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Speaking as someone who really does own this device - this thing rules. It streams easily and quickly from my xp box in my basement over cat5 cable. (or the technologically inept may just hook a USB or esata hard drive direct)

It plays everything so far including ISO (dvd image) files, video_ts rips from dvds (I know someone will ask these questions) but I did it already and it works great.

Other files, MKV, xvid, divx, whatever. PERFECT. 1080P, blue ray quality files look perfect. No blockiness, no hesitation, no problems. And they start IMMEDIATELY.

All you need do is create a share on the server pc, then create a shortcut to it on the asus. (EASY) And off you go. Some files will not easily fastforward/rewind, and that mostly relates to how well the original creator encoded the file. In other words, if they used lousy/cheap software to rip a file, it may not fastforward smoothly, but it will still play.

The other con is no wireless networking. Now, I personally don't care about this because I have cat5 cable already and real wired networking is far more reliable. Also, it probably makes the product cheaper.

If you have a habit of playing huge 1080p files and want to go wireless, you may have to go with 802.11N hardware if you encounter stuttering. If it stutters it's probably not the Asus's fault.

As a sidenote, I have tried other methods of showing movies and such on TV's. Xbox360, PS3, PC. They all have huge disadvantages, mostly relating to codecs and incompatabilities and transcoding and such for the Xbox and PS3. It's just too much trouble. Seriously.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Hofmann on October 21, 2009
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Update Nov/11/09: I installed the latest firmware and this solved several of the issues I had. I edited a few things I have previously written.

I bought this box based on many positive reviews here. My experiences differ a little though.

Yes this unit plays pretty much anything. That's a big plus. The interface and setup is also very simple and easy. You really don't need a manual for it. The image quality is great, both SD and HD movies look excellent. It even playes ISO files of DVDs or bluray disks! That's a very nice feature as you can dump the whole DVD to disk and get all menus and features. It does not play ISO files from the old HD-DVD disks. That's a bummer as this would give us access to very inexpensive HD movies. There is a fix provided you have a HD-DVD drive. A software called Clown_BD (google it) will create a .ts file from your HD-DVD disk in 20 min. These will play fine on the O!Play.

Even though it's supposed to play ISO images from bluray disk, it still has some issues with that. Transformer 1 for example doesn't have sound (it says 'unsupported audio format').

I have a collection of 400+ movies on my server, in various formats. The O!Play plays them all. The slightly annoying thing is that as you scroll through a list of movie files it tries to instantly play a preview which causes a delay in scrolling through the list. This preview feature can now (new firmware) be turned off in the setup so the annoying delay can now be reduced but not entirely avoided. It still takes two or three seconds before it actually allows you to hit play (using a fast network). :-/

The bigger issue I found was that it stops to play back in the middle of a movie. It happened on every movie I tried it on so far, so it's not a random issue.
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