- Brand Name: ViewSonic
- Model Number: VMP71
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless, USB, HDMI
Viewsonic NexTV VMP71 Full HD 1080p Network Media Player with Internal HDD-Ready Bay Support
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- Support Full HD 1080p Network media player and 802.11g/n with optional wireless adapter
- Stream video, music & photo from home network along with instant weather, Flickr & Picasa services
- Support internal HDD ready bay and external storage devices for easy access to content
- Support a full range video, audio and file formats including RM & RMVB
- Full connectivity for the HDMI, AV composite, S/PDIF & 2 USB ports and free HDMI cable
Top Customer Reviews
Viewsonic customer service did not know if this behavior was normal. The only help was to power plug remove and reset. That did not change the behavior. Service rep agreed with me that it seems like a firmware issue. The unit came with firmware version 1.0. Rep had no knowledge if a firmware update was going to be provided. He said the vmp75 was being provided with firmware update.
I returned unit for refund.
I saw reviews of people installing a 2TB drive in it and claimed it worked fine so I decided to load my spare 1TB WD SATA drive I had with 750GB of media (music, photos, videos) on it.
It worked fine at that time, but the next day while I was listening to some music, the thing restarted and the drive was no longer visible from the menu. So I power-cycled, it but the thing kept power-cycling itself. The red Viewsonic logo will appear and then the screen will go black for a minute or two just to do the same thing all over again. The only way to turn it off is by pulling the power plug as it will go unresponsive to the remote.
Whenever I remove the drive and install it in the PC, windows will say the drive needs to be checked for issues, it will scan the drive and end up finding nothing, but it happens every time I remove the drive from the unit and install it in the PC while trying to find out if the drive died (fortunately not the case) or what is going on with it.
If I connect it to the desktop via USB I can access the drive with no problem, so I know the unit can actually recognize and interact with the drive, it just won't do it while not connected to the pc. I removed the drive and inserted a 160GB one, it worked fine, connected a 500GB WD Elements via USB, it worked fine, used a usb flash drive, it worked fine, reinserted the 1TB drive, it goes crazy.Read more ›
When I ordered this I already had a Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM Drive that I was using in my Media PC, So it already had videos on it. I simply took it out of the PC, Slid it in to the VMP71 and everything was good to go. When I want to add more video to it I simply open the unit, take the drive out, connect it to my PC for file transfers and put it all back together when I'm done.
I'm sure some people would think that sounds like alot of trouble but by the time you wait for USB or Network file transfer to finish it's alot faster to just swap the drive in and out.
You can find all the information you ever want to know about this product in the User Guide from Viewsonic's Website Located Here:
Even tho I am satisfied with this product there are still Cons:
1- Occasionally when selecting a video to play, the Audio won't syncronize properly. If you use the rewind button it will start playback over and remain synchronized after that.
2- Doesn't support PDF. It would be nice to see a firmware update for that. Then I could use it for E-Books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This works great if you have kids and tired of replacing DVDs. The only time consuming part is converting my DVDs to something that can be played on this device. Really nice.Published on March 30, 2012 by Mr Shook
I Bought of this Media Player After Lot of Reviews and Search on the Internet. Firstly I Should Say the Setup was Very easy and Buying at Amazon, you Get Free HDMI Cable as well. Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by Sai Rama Krishna
Lo tengo desde noviembre 2010, funciona muy bien en general para lo que es video sonido y fotos; algunos ficheros MKV bajado de net no funcionaron hasta que les corregi la... Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Eddy
I purchased the VMP71 from Circuit City a few weeks ago. The base firmware works but upgrading to the Argosy HV335T firmware (currently 2. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by dback02(Jared)
I got it last Friday and immediately installed an internal HDD (1TB) and upgrade the firmware from other reviewer provided website. So far works perfectly.Published on March 23, 2011 by YL
Ok after got this equipment and with the several problems it has. I will tell you the solution to the problems. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Rafa
Good construction. It's easy to set up. All functions work as described. The video quality is somehow below my expectation. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by S. Zhao