Easy to set up
The Asus O!Play HDP-R1 is in many ways a fairly uninspiring HD media player; its interface is very stark, the device itself and the remote are hardly works of art, and there's no support for more sophisticated network functions like reading iTunes servers etc. However, if all you want is a cheap media player for browsing your network folders and playing just about any file you throw at it then we have no problem recommending the HDP-R1.
Movies known as DVD-rips (low file-size backups of DVDs you own) that used binary SUB or text-based SRT files to display sub-titles were particularly appealing.
You can connect this to your TV and settle for some quality multimedia time, secure in the knowledge that you can throw almost any file at it for playback. It is priced low enough to appeal to the target audience. But remember that it is not positioned as a DVD Player replacement (DVD Players are priced at less than half the price, and do not support as many media formats as this one).
The controls were very responsive and we were easily able to forward and rewind files without any buffering issues.
We found the ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 to be easy to use and it performed all its intended tasks well, except for Internet video streaming. It also took some fiddling to get it to work with Windows 7. But the bottom line is that it's a good little HD streamer that can play almost any file type, and it will even let you copy content between attached drives and your network.
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