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on August 27, 2010
Does what it says ... sort of. I bought this item mainly to play mp4 files but when I tried none of my mp4 files would play - "unsupported file format" was the error message. I tried the photo function for playing slide shows of jpg files and that worked fine. I produce my own mp4s using an iMac and iMovie as well as one other software program so I thought this could be a compatibility problem. I contacted the Diamond support desk and they were quite helpful although they confirmed the problem was that there are several types of mp4 files and the ones produced by my Mac weren't compatible with the HD Diamond. There is a solution though if you're faced with this dilemma. I checked and found DivX conversion software ([...]) and downloaded the trial version and converted my unplayable mp4 file to a DivX file which played with no problems on my TV using the HD Diamond Media Wonder. This software costs about $10 so it's an added cost if you have a Mac. I have no idea if Windows-produced mp4s are OK or whether similar problems would be encountered on other media player products but if playing mp4s is what you're after, before you spend your hard-earned dollars you might want to check to see if your files are compatible.
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on February 21, 2012
Ignore the rebate on this item, because you use Amazon Receipts that you print out on the printer since a packing slip is NOT a receipt they will not honor this rebate (I sent the packing slip and the printed receipt and was denied). Do yourself a favor and find at least a good player and do not be taken in by this. It works somewhat, but has a bad habit of freezing up and also every time you have to find something new you have to go through the entire list to get back to the folder you was in, it doesn't just automatically go back like you would expect it to, annoying to say the least especially if you have a ton of digital files on a hard drive and you're switching episodes in a season of whatever... If you do get it, good luck, but really I wouldn't waste the stamp again to try to send off for the rebate here is what they emailed me:

Dear XXX XXXX

Thank you for submitting your recent Mail-In Rebate Application. We have
reviewed your claim and discovered that it is invalid for the following
reason (s):

Original Store Sales receipt or invoice/ packing slip (for mail/ catalog orders) are missing (copies not accepted).

We appreciate your purchase of our product, and thank you for your
participation in this promotion. We regret that we cannot honor your claim.

Sincerely,
Best Data Products Incorporated/Diamond Multimedia
Audit Department

Tel: 818.773.9600
Fax: 818.773.9619
[...]
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on July 6, 2011
I haven't tried a lot of things yet,...but just some general info that might be helpful...

This unit is a media player, it doesn't connect to the internet or download movies for you. You download to your computer, then put them on a flash drive to watch them on your TV using this little box...

It also plays MP3 music files,... and will display digital photos very nicely.
You can even play music in the background as you view your photos in a slideshow...

It was very easy to hook up, and it boots up very quickly with my 8gig flash...

I don't know about other video formats, but it plays .AVI files very nicely...
.AVI files commonly come in two forms. H264 codec files, and Divx or Xvid codec files...
This unit plays the Divx/Xvid files, but not the H264... I've read that many other players have trouble with H264 codecs too... even ones that are supposed to play them...

So,.. all in all, I'd say this is a good unit for the price,... you just need to find a good source for Divx or Xvid movies... Once you find a provider that uses that format, stick with them and enjoy...
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on March 8, 2012
This little device is wonderful if you have movies on an sd card or on a flash drive. It can read other files that you might have on a card or a flash drive, such as photos, but I wanted it for watching movies on my TV's that don't have a USB port on them. Some BluRay players have USB ports, too, but if you don't have that, this little media player will play your movies for you. It reads a lot of different types of video files, probably not every single one out there, but a lot of them. At first I thought the remote didn't work, but I had to really aim it at the box to make it work. Once I got it going, it listed the movies I had on the flash drive, I selected the one I wanted, and the movie started right up. I am thrilled to have something so simple and easy to use and now I can share some movies with my kids--I got them media players, too! I read some reviews that said it won't stream TV content--This isn't a Roku!--this is cheaper and nowhere does it say that you can install apps on it and stream content except from your own storage on a card or a flash drive. It is perfect for doing what it says it will do! I honestly haven't explored the different options on it because I am primarily interested in movies. So, it may do things I'm not aware of--it may surprise me when I take the time to really check it out!
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on September 1, 2010
This product does what it says. For the size and the price - a good buy. Able to play recognized formats straight off external hard drive, or flash drives. Does not play MP4, most of my stuff .avi, so not a real issue. Only problem I can see is if you loose or break the remote the device is useless. Take good care of the remote.
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on April 2, 2011
Like the the title says the Diamond Multimedia Mini Wonder MP700 Player
Works Great and at the price (I ordered at the $32.99 price and also got the
$20 mail-in rebate bringing the price down to a whopping $12.99 incl. shipping)
how could anyone complain - as the other reviewers stated 'it mostly does what is stated that it's capable of... That is it plays many formats streamed to ANY television. I could see how this would be a nice feature for older flat panel wide-screen TV's but It seems many of the newer LED Flat panel TV's have this technology built in - they come with USB and Memory Card slots to allow playing of data files.
Where this little unit really shines is for use with old-school analog tube TV's.
With only an RCA plug for L/R and Video I'm able to watch (with very nice quality I might add) all the content on my little 500GB WD Passport portable USB drive (no additional power supply needed - the Mini Wonder provides all the power needed to run your external USB drive). It also allows for plugging in your memory card at the same time and switching between the two via the remote. It brings photos up in thumbnail format for your choice of viewing and also offers slideshow ability with customizable
transitions and you can even have it play your choice of music (off the same drive/card) in the background while the slide show runs.

Format recognition is not very diverse but enough are recognized to make the unit more than useful. Another user mentioned using a DivX converter and that will come in very handy for the 10 out of about 100 movies I have on my external USB drive.
That's right only 10 out of 100 of my titles wouldn't play without conversion.
That's a decent enough ratio to make the Mini Wonder well worth the money.
If you get the Diamond Mini Wonder MP700 Multimedia Player expect to have a little learning curve about media formats. Not all AVI, MP4, MPEG etc. files are created the same. The unit DOES play all the formats mentioned but not every type of those formats.
As long as you plan on needing to convert some things and that most stuff will play fine this product should more than meet your expectations.
I also wanted to touch on the size and portability that many mention is important to them. Yes the unit is half the size of an iPhone; and yes it is extremely portable, perfect for carrying around with you. BUT, unfortunately the small size is somewhat negated by the fact that you must have the power adapter, TV patchcord and remote along with the unit for everything to work. So yes it very portable all things considered, but it's not like all you have to carry around is the little 2.5" x 2.5"
player.
At the current $32.99 price the Diamond Multimedia player is a good value, if you can find it for less it makes it a GREAT value! Buy one NOW!

Edit Addition:
Forgot to mention a few things which I find important features of the Mini Wonder.
The player recognizes and will 'play' (bring up on screen) plain text (.txt) files - great for lists, descriptions, reminders etc.
One of the major assets when using the Mini Wonder is having the ability to copy and/or delete files directly. You can choose single or multiple files (in the same directory) to delete or copy to the same device or the other device. So if you have
a new movie on a memory card and you have an external USB drive connected you can copy between the two. Copy and delete operations are pretty fast -almost instant (though I would think the class/speed of a given memory card has something to do with that speed).
Especially handy when you have a large drive that needs 'weeding' - you can just sit back on the couch and using the Mini Wonder remote, go through the drive to delete
what you no longer need/want. Also handy to delete the movie you just watched but don't intend to keep/archive.
All-in-all I'm liking the Diamond MP700 Mini Wonder Multimedia player more and more the more I use it.
I can't say much in regard to the long term durability and reliability of the unit since I've only had it about a week - seems fairly sturdy but I could imagine frying the thing if it is left powered-on 24/7.
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on November 13, 2012
I only ordered this product because the price was acceptable due to a rebate. I filled out all the forms, submitted them, kept copies and never received any rebate. I have been trying to get my money but I honestly don't think I will ever see it. The product works okay but not for the amount I paid. Overpriced without the rebate.
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on June 23, 2012
Let start by saying I love to watch movies on my ps3. All my videos are on a USB and it''s easy to watch movies at anytime. The issue is when I travel I like to watch movies and having a USB to transport seems easy enough. I bought This media device thinking it would be capable of handling and watching movies. Not so much!! First off depending on the tv you are using picture decoding can get ugly. Sometimes no color or even no picture at all. It's not reliable enough for what I would have expected. Since then I bought a Sony media device that gives you all the interest goodies as Netflix and Hulu and such. The upside it also has a USB port which decodes all my movies in perfect condition. I have tried it on a 12 year old tube tv and works great. My opinion is to spend $10 more and purchase a Sony media and have the capability to use Internet when you want or just use the USB which decodes everything.
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on July 24, 2012
Basically, it is simple. I was stupid enough to buy this cheap product and I was punished. Simply put, It's not working. Remote is not connecting with the device and there are no other buttons on the device itself. If your remote is out, you are basically done. Product is useless. Save 24 dollars, buy something different. BUT I would not right this review if I were not "impressed" with a scam that this guys are running and calling it a "rebate". Rebate is absolute 100% SCAM! They not gonna pay you a single penny even if you send them everything they ask for in 10 copies. They collect your data, your forms, your bar codes and just... ignore you. Be aware, DIAMOND Media player rebate center is a professional Canadian scam company. AVOID!!!
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on September 14, 2011
Should have edited this review earlier as I am changing my original 5 stars to 2 stars due to extremely annoying buzzing sound throughout the entire video playback. Worked fine for about 30 hours of use then went to s***. Cheap media players are cheap for a reason. Avoid.
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