Nikkai Compact Multi-Function HDMI DVD Player USB/SD / MMC / MS Divx compatibility - £29.99 + £2.99 Delivery or collect instore @ Maplin - HotUKDeals
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Compact Multi-Function HDMI DVD Player

Manufacturer: Nikkai

RRP- £49.99

DVD player with HDMI upscaling output
Watch DVDs or DivX files in high resolution
USB and card reader to view DivX / Xvid AVI files
SD / MMC / MS and USB support
RGB (YUV) and Composite video outputs
Super slim unit design
Full-function remote control
Anti-shock feature
Zoom and rotate photographs
Multi language user interface
PAL / NTSC output
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#1
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#3
anyone know if it is any good, I know I shouldn't expect much for £30, but I use progressive scan from my current Toshiba DVD recorder on to my LCD and that is a nice picture without upscaling.
banned#4
any reviews? is it usb 2.0?
#5
Agent_Silver
anyone know if it is any good, I know I shouldn't expect much for £30, but I use progressive scan from my current Toshiba DVD recorder on to my LCD and that is a nice picture without upscaling.



I'm going to get one later, so i will let you know!!
#6
functionality looks great - but it has an unsettling 70's look about it ..... :)
#7
dmm1000
functionality looks great - but it has an unsettling 70's look about it ..... :)


looks a bit like a famicon.
#8
Anybody know how this connects to a television ?
Is it just via the HDMI connection or are the yellow/white and red sockets also outputs,am looking for a small and cheap player like this to use in my caravan but tele is not HD .
#9
just picked one of these players up its it works great.:thumbsup:
handles a varielty of divx files via cd/dvd/usb/sd (tested all of them):-D
upscales to a variety of resolutions up to 1080i.
a good buy for the money and extremely portable. (i will be using it abroad as i am working in another country for a month)
no problems found with as yet but i will report any encountered.
it doesnt look very classy, but for £30, you cant ask for much.
#10
yorkypikey
Anybody know how this connects to a television ?
Is it just via the HDMI connection or are the yellow/white and red sockets also outputs,am looking for a small and cheap player like this to use in my caravan but tele is not HD .


as long as you have a "yellow/white/red" input on ur telly, it will work okay. there is no scart out on the unit, due to its size
#11
ap123ap
as long as you have a "yellow/white/red" input on ur telly, it will work okay. there is no scart out on the unit, due to its size


Cheers for that will get 1 ordered..thanks
#12
yorkypikey
Cheers for that will get 1 ordered..thanks


try to collect instore to avoid the p+p charges
#13
may as well pay the £2.99, don't even know where my nearest maplin is, but not in my local towns....looks good, taking cap in hand and finding missus...
#14
FAO the Moderators - why has this deal not made it too the hot page?:?
#15
sorry, forgot to add a hot vote...now done.
#16
Agent_Silver
sorry, forgot to add a hot vote...now done.

nice 1 mate:thumbsup:
#17
Bought one of these today and i have to say although they don't look very style-ish they are great value for £30. It's nice and compact, comes with a remote, can be connected to a tv either via HDMI or RGB, can play vcd, dvd, avi, divx, xvid and has a usb port on it. i connected my external 500gb 'my book' harddrive and it was able to play all of the files i tried.

It will be replacing my existing DVD player in the bedroom. Well worth the money
#18
Good find but jeez it's U G L Y !!

:thumbsup:
#19
No offence to the OP, but Maplin (or should I say craplin) sell and awful lot of tat, the Nikkai stuff being just that!
If you have got uit home and it is working fine then hunky dorey, but the amount of this kinda stuff we had returned after a couple of months was unreal when I used to work there, just really badly made and cheaply put together, but then I guess you get what you pay for :P
Also if you are determined to get one of these, try and haggle a couple of quid in to the deal, maplin are notorious at letting you do this, my old manager encouraged us to "do deals" to get the sale!!!

Mike..
#20
to those who have purchased, is this unit wall mountable at all? have been looking for a hdmi upscaler to replace my beloved slide panel chilli player for some time now. also how sensitive is the IR, would it pick up the remote if it was on its side across a 15ft living room? thanks
#21
I bought one last night in Maplins Oxford for £29.99. I was a bit concerned that their cheapest HDMI cable was the same price! So I went next door to Argos and got a 0.75m HDMI for £4.99.

Easy to setup, although the supplied paperwork was totally useless and didn't seem to relate to the model at all. Lots of audio and video settings to play with, main one is to change the default screen format to widescreen (16/9). You can capture any picture from a freeze frame or whatever and use as the logo screen instead of the standard Nikkai one.

Plays region 1 and 2 out of the box, so probably region free.

Both outputs (HDMI and the yellow/red/white) are on by default and work concurrently - I connected HDMI to the HDMI on the back of my Sony Bravia 32" and the other cable into an LG DVD/HDD PVR which subsequently feeds into a Slingbox classic.

The USB supports flash drives and external hard disks. I copied a movie avi onto a 1Gb flash and stuck it in the side, selected USB on the remote and the movie played fine. I then tried my WD Passport 250Gb (FAT32) which has a LOT of stuff on and it worked fine. The only caveat is it plays the first movie it finds so you have to press stop twice (strangely top right button on the remote, nowhere near other playback buttons...) to get to the index of the USB device. It lists file names of avi's and mp4's it finds, but not folders. Takes a while to go to next page if there's a lot of files, shows five or six at a time. Minor drawback - it lists files in 6.3 name format (long live DOS!) so difficult to differentiate between similar named files!

The quality of the upscaled HDMI on the Bravia is good at its top setting, 1080i @ 50Hz, but it does support lower HD standards. The quality of the avi movies played through USB is better than the PC Windows Media player pumped through the PC input of the TV.

Not much more to add, as I haven't tried music or pictures yet, but in summary I would say grab one for the price, it's definitely the canine cobblers.

My biggest gripe? It says "WAITTING" when reading from USB :)
#22
alecoddlyiv
to those who have purchased, is this unit wall mountable at all? have been looking for a hdmi upscaler to replace my beloved slide panel chilli player for some time now. also how sensitive is the IR, would it pick up the remote if it was on its side across a 15ft living room? thanks


the unit isnt wall mountable and if you did manage to mount it somehow, the remote wouldnt work as it needs to be pointed directly at the receptor (mounted just under the open button) to operate.
#23
the HDMI logo lookee lookee nice :roll:
#24
MikeBeaver;1611101
No offence to the OP, but Maplin (or should I say craplin) sell and awful lot of tat, the Nikkai stuff being just that!
If you have got uit home and it is working fine then hunky dorey, but the amount of this kinda stuff we had returned after a couple of months was unreal when I used to work there, just really badly made and cheaply put together, but then I guess you get what you pay for :P
Also if you are determined to get one of these, try and haggle a couple of quid in to the deal, maplin are notorious at letting you do this, my old manager encouraged us to "do deals" to get the sale!!!

Mike..

agreed, some of their stuff is useful but can be found cheaper elsewhere but they are handy if you need something cheapish and urgently
#25
Free delivery if you boost it up to £35. Maplin often have decent rechargeable batteries on offer at £5
1 Like #26
Not having a proper manual means I didn't spot the YUV output on the left hand side, so that must mean three outputs altogether. Also there is the card slot, which is labelled SD/MMC/MS. I assume MS means it's Sony memory stick ready. More things to play with!

I think it would be relatively easy to wall mount, given it's minimal weight. Double sided foam tape or even velcro pads should do it. Unfortunately all the cables would then be sticking up at the top. Maybe a custom made wall mount to include cable tidy at the top and a small mirror at the bottom for the IR remote sensor would be the best bet.
#27
Sorry if this is a daft question but can anyone confirm that this player recognises other disc formats such as DVD+/-R and play divx files on these? It only seems to confirm divx playback through other formats such as usb, sd etc. If so then this looks an excellent deal! Thanks
banned#28
If it plays avi files through sd or USB it will also play them via disc
1 Like #29
I'm guessing the answer is no but just in case, can this unit handle HD DIVX files?

Thanks.
#30
I'm guessing the grey port on the back gives an optical output, yes? If so, I'm completely sold! This box, while a lil' ugly - is looking extremely useful for someone like me. Great deal!
#31
I have always been meaning to ask this but where do you get DIVx files from?

Is this the format that they are downloaded in and aren't these the pirated ones?

Scuse my ignorance but thanks anyways.
#32
Can it handle MKV files?
1 Like #33
Rizla01,

DIVx as such is not always related to piracy as you can convert your own DVD's and fit around 5 films on one DVD (useful if taking them abroad etc).

However, most if not all, standard (i.e. non blue ray/ HDDVD) films can be obtained from the internet as DIVx files as their smaller file size makes it easier to get them in a reasonable time, problem being that you then need to re-convert to DVD format unless your player accepts DIVx.

As for where to get them, this is not really the discussion forum for that as it is OBVIOUSLY illegal....
#34
frakison
Rizla01,

DIVx as such is not always related to piracy as you can convert your own DVD's and fit around 5 films on one DVD (useful if taking them abroad etc).

However, most if not all, standard (i.e. non blue ray/ HDDVD) films can be obtained from the internet as DIVx files as their smaller file size makes it easier to get them in a reasonable time, problem being that you then need to re-convert to DVD format unless your player accepts DIVx.

As for where to get them, this is not really the discussion forum for that as it is OBVIOUSLY illegal....

This is not true. You can legally buy music in MP3 format and movies in DivX format online. There are several seller providing this service, Lovefilm for movies for instance.
#35
Hi all,

I am certainly considering this as, though I haven't tried it, I imagine it to be quite easy to download films and then watch them on the box. Looking at the site I also came across this http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221340&doy=22m2&c=Maplin&u=mfp .

Just wondered what your views are on it. It costs four times as much but sounds like an easier option and it appears to offer a few more facilities, too.
I note that it only upscales to 720 though. Is that SO bad?

Plus it acts as an external back-up drive.

Any advice/thoughts?
1 Like #36
rizla01
Hi all,

I am certainly considering this as, though I haven't tried it, I imagine it to be quite easy to download films and then watch them on the box. Looking at the site I also came across this http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221340&doy=22m2&c=Maplin&u=mfp .

Just wondered what your views are on it. It costs four times as much but sounds like an easier option and it appears to offer a few more facilities, too.
I note that it only upscales to 720 though. Is that SO bad?

Plus it acts as an external back-up drive.

Any advice/thoughts?



The media centre looks good. to be honest, you wont really be able to tell the difference between 720 and 1080 upscaled. i would say that 720 is sufficient
#37

They sell teabags in Tesco's and rice pudding in Sainsburys as well, whats your point??? I was not suggesting that ALL DIVx files were illegal and YES you can buy them legally, HOWEVER, I think that the statistics produced recently suggest that few actually do!!! (flame me if you will but its like the great R4DS debate, how many ACTUALLY use them for homebrew etc? ALL threads mention at some point the fact that games are "a lot cheaper ;0)" and I dont think they are referring to legally downloaded games).
#38
Sorry, boys and girls, but I need me some help

I have plugged in my 3.5inch HD, and pressed the USB button on the remote. The infamous "Waitting" comes on the screen, for ages, but nothing else. I have several folders, sub-folders, and files - is this the reason why? Am I being impatient?

BTW - although the actual player looks like **** (cannot believe anything could look this cheap and tatty), so far everything works well. Thanks, OP - have some rep!
#39
I have just bought mine for £30 from the local store (4 left in sheffield, grab it while you can). Plays DVDs well, Upscales nicley (no diffrence between 1080i or 720p though). Niggles? remote control seems a bit unsensitive, need to aim it straight at the sesnsor and the remote has a really bizzare layout.

On the plus side, its pretty much plug and play (Oh yeah, remember to take out the little bit of plastic that protects the dvd laser inside :oops::whistling: not that anyone would turn it on without looking).

Tried the USB with a stick and my LaCie 160gb drive. It will power up my 2.5 drive nicley, although when you have to press the USB button and wait for about a month with "Waitting" and it automatically plays the first film on the drive.

With a usb stick its a lot faster to load and manage, not tried the SD port on the side yet.

also whats the small green mini phone set for? ANOTHER stero / compostie connector?

oh and the free earbud earphones are knaff.

All in all a good Xvid / DVD player that looks and feels like cack but puts out a nice picture and sounds good. Lets just hope it lasts its £30 worth :D
#40
solid
Sorry, boys and girls, but I need me some help

I have plugged in my 3.5inch HD, and pressed the USB button on the remote. The infamous "Waitting" comes on the screen, for ages, but nothing else. I have several folders, sub-folders, and files - is this the reason why? Am I being impatient?

BTW - although the actual player looks like **** (cannot believe anything could look this cheap and tatty), so far everything works well. Thanks, OP - have some rep!


it might be due to the size of the drive. have you tried a pen drive or and sd card to see if you have the same problem?
it could also be due to the drive having folders/subfolders. the player doesnt seem to recognise folders and positions all media on the menu screen as if it was in the root.
also check if your drive is formatted to FAT32. i think this is the desired format for the player

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