3.5" ExternalHDD & Divx Media Player Enclosure £39.99 delivered - HotUKDeals
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This seems like a decent price for this 3.5” Media Player Hard Drive Enclosure, just £39.99 delivered from Maplin.


Details: Just install your hard drive with your videos, pictures + music and play them back through your TV. View your photos on your camera direct from the memory card using the card reader. Easy to use graphical interface. Navigate using the included remote control or front panel push buttons.

Features: Slim portable design. Built in front mount card reader for media play back. Cool blue power switch. Media leads included. Can be used as a standard external hard drive enclosure. Allows you to enjoy multi media programs on your TV or monitor. Video output NTSC / PAL. Supports 3.5 IDE hard drives upto 400GB. Media format support FAT16 / 32. USB connection for loading data on to the drive.
Video media formats: VCD, (VOB)DVD, MPEG1/2/4, DIVX3.X, DIVX4.X, DIVX5.X. Audio media formats: MP3, Image media formats, JPEG. Media outputs AV / VGA / S-video / optical

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#1
Thanks Cat :thumbsup:
#2
An interesting product.

CJ
[mod]#3
Thanks edi and CJ, I'm always a bit hesitant about posting these kinds of deals as i dont have a wide knowledge of computer related items .. but it seems like a good deal :)
#4
You can get 3% off using quidco (whoopee!)

Anyone going to buy this, if you are can you tell us what its like?
#5
I have ordered one , i've got a spare 160 gig hdd, will let you know

Chris
#6
Hi I am a bit ignorant about these things. Do I need to install Windows in the hard drive i use with this enclosure.

I will be grateful if anyone could post some advice.

thanks
#7
Im not 100% sure, but im pretty sure you would just plug it into your PC and transfer DivX files over to the hard drive (same kinda thing as putting mp3's on a mp3 player), and then hook it up to your tv and watch the films....

But you would obviously have to buy the HD for it...
#8
No, you will not need a operating system.

The drive should come with its own on screen dispay (much like your standard dvd/divx player) and its just a case of selecting which folder you want to open to play the films/pictures/music you have on the drive.

I'm interested in what leads come withe enclossure, if the fan is noisy, do films play smoothly etc
[mod] 1 Like #9
Thanks for all your comments and extra info on this guys :)
#10
Had a look at this in Maplins the other day, looks quite nice - the main downside (as with all these devices) is that you can't use NTFS, limiting any individual file to 4GB. This probably won't be an issue for most people, it's just a bit of an annoyance when working with large video files. Seriously considering building a mini-ITX system, I was originally going to go for a case with an internal 3.5 inch driveand slimline optical drive but now thinking of going for a 2.5 internal hard drive and then use this for the primary storage to make the machine more flexible.

John
#11
Thanks for the info Johnmcl7, James's Dad, _PieFacE_ :)

Good find Cat ;)
#12
Johnmcl7
Had a look at this in Maplins the other day, looks quite nice - the main downside (as with all these devices) is that you can't use NTFS, limiting any individual file to 4GB. This probably won't be an issue for most people, it's just a bit of an annoyance when working with large video files. Seriously considering building a mini-ITX system, I was originally going to go for a case with an internal 3.5 inch driveand slimline optical drive but now thinking of going for a 2.5 internal hard drive and then use this for the primary storage to make the machine more flexible.

John

Hi John

Thanks for the info.
Does it have a fan and did you notice was it noisy?

I did a google search but could not find this model - I found what I assume is a different model from the same manufacturer and it said on the spec that "video output can be 4:3 ( not support 16:9)" - see
http://www.eyo.com.au/prod_DM-UT10_proddesc_Noontec_GigaView_Media_Station_USB_Host_MultiMedia_Player_UT10_w_Remote_Control.html

I suppose I'll wait until chimerachris has checked it out when he receives his.

Mike
#13
thanks for this, i've ordered one.
here's a link to the manufacturers page for more info:
http://noontec.com/en/ProductShow.asp?ArticleID=109
#14
Thanks for the First post & welcome to HUKD u.s and ODonnyBoy:)

Edit:- u.s; the link is unavailable
#16
Is this usb 1 or 2? Doesn't mention USB 2 or USB 2 Full Speed. Wont it be dead slow?
#17
tgbyhn10
Is this usb 1 or 2? Doesn't mention USB 2 or USB 2 Full Speed. Wont it be dead slow?


'This product keeps applying high performance NT68320 USB2.0 controller chipset '

should be usb2, mines been dispatched so will let you know when i get it.

edi, the link i posted is working for me ???
#18
Links working for me too :)

Welcome to HotUKDeals by the way ODonnyBoy and u.s ;)
[mod]#19
Thanks ray and Welcome to Hukd's from me too ODonnyBoy and u.s :)
#20
Interesting thingie. Shame manufacturer doesn't specify chipset type. Also it lacks network connection, which is a real pity :(
Still might grab one as I have spare 250GB drive sitting on my shelf.
#21
Thanks for all the info here guys'n'gals.
Anyone seen any SATA/II enclosures?
X10
#22
Kommunist
Interesting thingie. Shame manufacturer doesn't specify chipset type. Also it lacks network connection, which is a real pity :(
Still might grab one as I have spare 250GB drive sitting on my shelf.


Hi Kommunist

I'm no techie but wouldn't it be possible to network this using a USB wireless adapter?
#23
If you're looking for a network media player, there's one here - I am seriously considering getting one.

Andy
#24
ODonnyBoy

I'm no techie but wouldn't it be possible to network this using a USB wireless adapter?

Do you mean just connect USB WiFi stick to it? No it won't work. If you want to network such thing, you need to use some USB< ->LAN bridge, like Linksys NSLU2.

yippekaya

This one got LAN but it is implemented in a weird way. For example, Freecom can fetch data from external network devices but you can't write to it from your network PC. Which means, that every time you want to refresh your music/video collection you need to unplug it and bring connect to PC.
On a rather good side, Freecom can access SMB shares, so no need for dedicated media server PC.
#25
got mine delivered today, had a quick play with it before coming into work.
the unit does look quite nice, has a vga output, progressive component output (3.5mm to red, green and blue phono plugs lead supplied) and composite output (3.5mm to yellow, red and white phono plugs lead supplied).
The unit itself doesn't have a fan to keep the hard drive cool so is very quiet when in operation. It has a basic menu system.

Firstly, my hard drive had to be reformatted to FAT32 as NTFS is not supported. Then create folders for 'movies', 'pictures' and 'music'.
I only had chance to test it with movies and didn't have time to check the mp3 playback or photo view options.

I was disappointed with the playback quality, the xvid avis were playing back with lip sync problems, things weren't any better for dvd playback, i transfered a VIDEO_TS folder to the movies folder, but the unit would only play back the .vob files, no way to bring up the menu and navigate from there. It would have been better if the unit mounted the folder as a disc.

I think I will be taking my unit back.

edit: forgot to add, the unit is usb2 and WinXP detects the unit and install the driver automatically.
#26
You can buy a 250 gig drive for almost this much! Try walking down Tottenham Court Rd. You'll find icy box enclosures for 6 quid.:x
[admin]#27
I don't think you realise what this is muddywaters. It's not just a hdd enclosure, it's a media enclosure.
#28
u.s
Is there any mentioning of media chipset in drivers? How is this device looks like in Device Manager?
Also, have you tried to use .IFO files to play DVD (I guess you did; just double-checking).
#29
Got mine today , not impressed , looks ok but unless you navigate through the basic file manager it seems to list ALL items in each menu. There are no seperate folders just a list of 5974 mp3 files in music , 1054 .jpg in photo etc. unless im am doing somethin wrong ?
Search time is slow too
#30
Got one too today. Installed 'old 80gb hdd' and had to format in FAT32 which wasn't straight forward. my pc is xp and refused to format it in FAT32, (I did check how to do it, but the option for FAT32 never came up) so formatted in NTFS then had to use partition magic to change to FAT32. Had to take pc apart to format it too!
Anyway, transferred some pictures and movies whilst it was connected as a slave to my pc (quicker transfer!) then replace disk in media player. Connected up to TV, but when veiwing movies it doesn't list the filenames so you dont know what is what. I got around this by viewing under 'files' which does list the movies. However, when searching for a particular movie the machine locked up on a particular film and had to be rebooted. Film must be the wrong format as all others are ok.
Major disadvantage is there is NO optical output as stated in the advert, just straight stereo. Unless I've missed something. Not sure yet whether keeping it.
#31
Mine's coming tomorrow and I'll be straight off to Maplin's before I unwrap it for a refund based on the above experiences - it seems too much of a mither
#32
Sorry ODonnyboy but no eBay direct links to sellers or items allowed in the forums please.
#33
yippekaya
If you're looking for a network media player, there's one here - I am seriously considering getting one.

Andy


(Sorry emmajk42 - I didn't know & now deleted)

It is cheaper at Amazon but read the reviews before you decide to buy

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...onics&v=glance
#34
#35
For £40 i think it is good value tbh, its easy to set up, and it plays really good from what i have watched so far.

Advantages - Small, mobile, remote control, be used just for back up hard drive, plays avis great

Disadvantages - No many setup options, e.g for calibaration of screen, Having problems with mp4s, Limited characters to display file name, so if you have tv episode of something like this - the4400Hdqualitys3e2, you will see the4400hd, and miss the end of, so you might need to rename the files, so it is easy to see.

For £40 you cant complain really, but you can get a second xbox, and use XBMC with streaming video etc, but that isnt as mobile :)

Hope this helps
#36
here it is branded as a sumvision and with a 160GB HD for £100
http://www.bigpockets.co.uk/product.php?product=GAD1648
#37
A little expensive from BigPockets? You can pick up a 250gb hard drive for less than £60
#38
well I took mine back to maplins, not worth the cash in my opinion. It states that it supports optical out, it doesn't.
I have a modded xbox that streams content direct from my pc or off the xbox harddrive and its in dolby digital 5.1, a far better machine, just not portable.

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