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#1
possibly OT sorry but is there anything like this (cheap, simple) that has an optical drive, or can take one on USB? would make a great media player for elderly relative to play photos..
#2
No HDMI
#3
i think it will do componant and upto 720p great for standard avi and xvids...
#4
superb price good find
#5
fozzy17
i think it will do componant and upto 720p great for standard avi and xvids...
only accepts SD not 720p, its upscaling to 720p
#6
£24.98 for me
#7
brilly
fozzy17
i think it will do componant and upto 720p great for standard avi and xvids...

only accepts SD not 720p, its upscaling to 720p


Supports an extensive list of file formats - Plays back a wide variety of DVD-quality file formats without the need to transcode, including RealVideo. Supports up to 1080i resolution for crisp HD media playback.
#8
pet2000
£24.98 for me


£24.68 for me
#9
You can quidco it.
There is a lot of media stream snobbery. This is really a top item if it doesn what you want it to. the price has been dropping vecause they are trying to get rid of stock as its not been the hit they expected.

heres a review which tells you what you need to know including strengths and weaknesses, file formats and connectivity. Ignore the media snobs .

Trusted Review

When this first came out it was £60, so the fall in price is dramatic.

Please read the review, but its ideal if it plays the formats you want namely burnt dvds in VOB, AVI, Xvid, which are the popular and common donwloaded file formats for lower ressolutions.

It doesn not have HDMI nor 1080p but it was never designed to and thats why its not suitable for people who have flat screenst where picture quality is important.

If you need more features then be prepared to pay a lot more money £70-150 or more. As it is this item is £20 and a bargain if it dioes what you want. The WD interface is pretty good and Id rate this as much better than the sumvision micro.

Great find and great bargain. If you have questions then read the review as its quite concise and should answer most things.
#10
Smiff
possibly OT sorry but is there anything like this (cheap, simple) that has an optical drive, or can take one on USB? would make a great media player for elderly relative to play photos..


why couldnt they just use photos on a pen drive?
#11
chattyuk
brilly
fozzy17
i think it will do componant and upto 720p great for standard avi and xvids...
only accepts SD not 720p, its upscaling to 720p
Supports an extensive list of file formats - Plays back a wide variety of DVD-quality file formats without the need to transcode, including RealVideo. Supports up to 1080i resolution for crisp HD media playback.

No it doesn't mean it will play 1080i video, it's saying that it can upscale all formats and output a 1080i signal. This has nothing to do with what formats it can actually play the person you quoted was correct in what they said.
#12
Does PCworld still price match online stores??
#13
Just ordered one thanks
#14
Fantastic device, bought me one of these for £29 last month. Good for me as component and I have an old plasma. Has composite and optical out as well. Remote control and usb slot on side. You can connect most usb drives/sticks and playback movie files and photos. Upscales files from whatever res they are to 1080i. Very good picture quality.
#15
forgive my techno ignorance, can I hook this up to an old crt tv?, if so, how? what cables would i need to buy?

thanks
#16
hermano2
forgive my techno ignorance, can I hook this up to an old crt tv?, if so, how? what cables would i need to buy?

thanks


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yes you can its almost ideal for that. Read the review I linked. I believe the device already comes with a cheap composite cable. Most tvs have a composite connector on the front pannel.
#17
BEWARE... WD HAVE CRIPPLED THIS DEVICE, IT WONT PLAY BACK ANYTHING ENCODED IN H.264! (Which i found out the hard way! Unlike the other WD media devices.)
#18
Jetpac
BEWARE... WD HAVE CRIPPLED THIS DEVICE, IT WONT PLAY BACK ANYTHING ENCODED IN H.264! (Which i found out the hard way! Unlike the other WD media devices.)


Thats why I posted a review and listed what it can play. It is £24, what more do you expect relative to other players with a similar price? The other WD players are 3 abd 4 times the price for increased file playback and connectivity. You make it sound as though WD have done something wrong. If people read the article then they can decide for themseleves what they are getting.
#19
999tigger
Jetpac
BEWARE... WD HAVE CRIPPLED THIS DEVICE, IT WONT PLAY BACK ANYTHING ENCODED IN H.264! (Which i found out the hard way! Unlike the other WD media devices.)


Thats why I posted a review and listed what it can play. It is £24, what more do you expect relative to other players with a similar price? The other WD players are 3 abd 4 times the price for increased file playback and connectivity. You make it sound as though WD have done something wrong. If people read the article then they can decide for themseleves what they are getting.


You pay for the connectivity with the higher models the codec compatibility should come as standard. WD have even stated they will release a fix, but i doubt this whill come for a long long time. The higher models also have an improved UI.

This was a warning for people who encode their own films as most will use H.264 as is pretty much the standard now.

Frankly from WD I do expect more.
#20
You also pay for codec compatibility as they have to use a more expensive chipset. It is what it is. Its a bargain price for those who are ok with DivX, Xvid and VOB. I posted a review which gave a balanced and concise assessment of the pros and cons of this device.

If people are capable of encoding their own films it would seem probable that they would have the sense to check that any device they bought could play that format.

Its £24 when it originally sold for about £60 not too long agao. Its a bargain for those who want the above features and nothing more. If you want more file compatibility and connectivity then just get a better model.
#21
It is a good price for something that was so over-priced to start with, agree there, and you do get what you pay for, and at £24 you're not going to get a lot!
#22
Will it play the same format .mp4's that ipod touch/iphone can play?
#23
cRuNcHiE
Will it play the same format .mp4's that ipod touch/iphone can play?


File Formats Supported
Video -AVI (Xvid, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MP4/MOV (MPEG4), RM or RMVB 8/9/10
Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, OGG, APE
Subtitle -SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI
Note:
- RMVB supports up to 1024x576x24, 1024x576x30, or 800x600x30 compressed video resolution
- MPEG1/2/4 supports up to D1 resolution (720x480 in NTSC, 720x576 in PAL)
- MPEG2 ML/MP conforming to ISO-13818
- MPEG1 ML/MP conforming to ISO-11172
- An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound via the digital optical output

For details, please refer to the user manual.

File Formats Not Supported
Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Unbox™, and Vongo®

External Drive Formats Supported
FAT32, NTFS, HFS+
#24
cRuNcHiE
Will it play the same format .mp4's that ipod touch/iphone can play?

Yes.
#25
999tigger
You also pay for codec compatibility as they have to use a more expensive chipset. It is what it is. Its a bargain price for those who are ok with DivX, Xvid and VOB. I posted a review which gave a balanced and concise assessment of the pros and cons of this device.

If people are capable of encoding their own films it would seem probable that they would have the sense to check that any device they bought could play that format.

Its £24 when it originally sold for about £60 not too long agao. Its a bargain for those who want the above features and nothing more. If you want more file compatibility and connectivity then just get a better model.


I never said it isnt a good deal, im mearly stating that the information given only realy pertains to the file format/container rather than the codec used to actually encode the file into the container etc and is something that will easily slip through the net.
#27
Is this any better than the Sumivision Cyclone Media Player for around the same price.?
#28
Sumvision doesn't support MP4, so it depends on what you want to play....at this price i'd go for this i think.
#29
This is a great little unit, but there is one really annoying fault, the menu font is far too small.
#30
Sorry bit confused I thought mp4 was h264, can anyone clarify please.
#31
H264 as far as I understand it is a different version of Mp4 with higher quality. If you wnat 264 playback then you need to check it plays it specifically and not just mp4.
#32
NO LONGER AVAILABLE
#33


Fabulous - thanks for this. I already have the WDTV Mini but wanted another media player for my cottage - at this price, you can't go wrong!
#34


I just ordered this! Well happy!
#35
amszephyr


Fabulous - thanks for this. I already have the WDTV Mini but wanted another media player for my cottage - at this price, you can't go wrong!



Well, you can if you're any of these people ...
Your text here
#36
999tigger
Smiff
possibly OT sorry but is there anything like this (cheap, simple) that has an optical drive, or can take one on USB? would make a great media player for elderly relative to play photos..


why couldnt they just use photos on a pen drive?


she's given photos on CD. unfortunately the Xbox1 won't read CDR or i'd just go with XBMC for Xbox.
#37
folks need to realise that this wd tv mini was released at a price point of around £70

the sumvision micro was released at around £20 £25

therefore i know which products quality control is going to be better

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