3.5-Inch Media Player Hard Drive Enclosure was £69.99 Now £39.99 Special till 15th May
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3.5-Inch Media Player Hard Drive Enclosure was £69.99 Now £39.99 Special till 15th May

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Found 30th Apr 2007
Simply install your 3.5-inch hard drive with videos, pictures and music and play them back through your TV
View photos on your camera direct from the memory card using the card reader
Allows you to enjoy multimedia programmes on your TV or monitor
Can be used as a standard external hard drive enclosure
Easy to use graphical interface
Navigate using the included remote control or front panel push buttons
Slim portable design
Built-in front mount card reader for media play back
Cool blue power switch
Media leads included
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
Video output NTSC / PAL
Supports 3.5 inch IDE hard drives up to 400GB
Media format support FAT16 / 32

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Some info: This is a SumVision product. Bought one of these when Maplin had them on sale a few months ago at the same price. Put in a 400Gb Samsung Spinpoint drive and it works quietly and fairly cool (it will accept up to 500gb though). Got to say it was a bind formatting the drive to FAT32 (Windows doesn't do it natively, you have to use the provided software) and being limited to a 4gig filesize means you can't put ISO images on it. You can also get these from Aria with a harddrive built in (and save £10 on google checkout) but I'm not sure what make of drive they use. Also available from Kjglobal.co.uk. Oh, and it doesn't seem to be firmware updateable, unlike others.

Found that most (but not all) downloaded content works okay, and the image quality was very good for the price. Slideshow is also good, but couldn't get it to load images from a Sony Memory Stick. Not tried the music. Subtitles work but are sometimes very hard to read. Also can be a bit of a pain moving the power cable from TV to PC along with the unit as it is not networkable. And only other downside is it massively truncates filenames when browsing the drive on the TV, but otherwise would heartily recommend it (especially as you could spent hundreds on similar kit).

I bought one of these a few months back - it burned out within a few days!

Don't know how this was ever £69.99, I got mine a few weeks back from SVP at £38.60 delivered on their 99p delivery weekend. Good piece of kit though, I love mine with a 120GB drive I put in it.

Thanks, ordered one of these. Voted hot.

I have been considering getting one of these for a long time. But was put off by, my not understanding how to connect this up to my TV. My TV only has scart sockets, so would I have to connect this to my dvd recorder which supports many more types of connection?

tamoil

I have been considering getting one of these for a long time. But was … I have been considering getting one of these for a long time. But was put off by, my not understanding how to connect this up to my TV. My TV only has scart sockets, so would I have to connect this to my dvd recorder which supports many more types of connection?




You need one of these to connect to one of your TVs scart sockects

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Try poundland, they often have them or Maplins will definitely have them for £2 or £3 .

I bought one a while back, advertised at the time as having optical out, which it doesn't. I took it back. not worth the money in my opinion.
Got the Grundig vp6200 from toys r us a few weeks back with free speakers for £99.
Only 40GB but it does everything this does and loads more. for example it can record from tv/dvd etc and it has a screen for portable use. Comes ready to use, where as the media player will need a hard drive and setting up etc.

barneydog

You need one of these to connect to one of your TVs scart … You need one of these to connect to one of your TVs scart sockects]http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=1250Try poundland, they often have them or Maplins will definitely have them for £2 or £3 .


Thanks for the advice!

I bought one of those last year to enable me to connect my PC to the TV, so I could watch live streamed and DRM protected videos of sport events on the TV.

bum I wish I'd known it didn't have the optical before I ordered it, mine has just arrived, might send it back. :o(
The picture above is wrong!

I purchased mine from maplins earlier this month. Arrived next day (on the standard delivery) so very pleased there. However i am returning it (to a local store) for the following reasons:
-> Has to be in fat32 format (didnt think this would be an issue at first) so it wouldnt connect directly to my network harddrive via usb (not an issue for most people)
-> Get an annoying green line going across the bottom of some videos
-> VGA wouldnt work on the input on my TV properly so had to use scart
-> Cant update the firmware for newer codecs (knew this before i ordered but with the other things its an annoyance).

Still on the look out for the perfect media centre alternative, but im leaning towards the original xbox with ]softmod and ]mediacentre.

Hope this helps anyone that is thinking of buying one of these.
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