Designer Habitat Nano 3.0 - HD TV Digital Mini Media Player  £18.88(Amazon UK) via Designer Habitat.
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Designer Habitat Nano 3.0 - HD TV Digital Mini Media Player £18.88(Amazon UK) via Designer Habitat.

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Found 4th Aug 2011
There are quite a few of these mini media players around at various prices from about £15 but few if any of the cheaper ones do all of the file formats that this one does. Postage is expensive at nearly £9 (included in the £18.88 quoted) but even so, it is no more expensive than the ones that Ebuyer etc sell and the especially wide range of supported file formats (including .flv, .rm, .hdmov and .mkv) compatibility makes it a better bet in my opinion.

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Interesting!

Ignoring the stupidly high postage cos (as you say) even with it included it's still cheaper than the Sumvision ones and I can't see it being any worse quality than those.

I'd be interested to see a more detailed techincal spec for it but I can't find anything about them on the internet apart from the Amazon listing, this page and a couple of other bargain sites mentioning it. I'm wondering what sound it's capable of decoding or sending via the HDMI cable. No optical or COAX out so any sound is going to have to go via the HDMI cable.

So if it doesn't support stuff like DTS sound (or at least ship it to a DTS capable amp via the HDMI output), you're likely to end up with quite a few silent movies on your hands.

But at this price, it almost certainly worth a punt as it's about as cheap as these things get!

Heat from me.

OK.

Did a bit more raking about online, and it looks like this is the same box - with a different badge on it.

maidston.co.uk/ce/…php

... which does contain a link to a (laughable) PDF manaul. But the manual says:

Decode videos with 480p/576p and upscale resolution to 720p and 1080p via … Decode videos with 480p/576p and upscale resolution to 720p and 1080p via HDMI



So it's only an upscaler really? In effect, and old SD media player that upscales and outputs via HDMI!

Which makes some sort of sense as why bother putting composite out on a supposedly HD box?

And this one also has composite out.

I already added heat but I'm dubious now. I'd deffo want to see more detailed tech spec or at least some user feedback from someone who has actually used this to play back a 1080p h264/x264 file. Saying MKV in the format list is meaningless. MKV is a container, not a format! Although it does mention h264 in it's list as well.

I'm not saying it's rubbish .... but I am suspicious!

Not worth a punt from me until I can see what features are on the remote ie zoom, slo-mo, jump forwards/backward in specified increments etc. Might only have Play / FF/ RW.

Get a real cyclone mini v2. Its worth the extra <£10

Locko

Not worth a punt from me until I can see what features are on the remote … Not worth a punt from me until I can see what features are on the remote ie zoom, slo-mo, jump forwards/backward in specified increments etc. Might only have Play / FF/ RW.



After my further raking, I'd agree with you.

Not cos of the remote mind you, but because what it's actually capable of playing is very "open to question" - to be generous.

If I wanted something capable of decent playback at the budget end of the market, I'd still go for the Sumvision one. This thing is completely unproven ....

Hi All, just came across these posts. This media player is not just an upscaler, it is full HD. Also, the remote has features beyond just the basic. The software provided is also easy to use. In my opinion is far superior to the sumvision at a much lower price.
Edited by: "mark32" 5th Aug 2011

mark32

Hi All, just can across these posts. This media player is not just an … Hi All, just can across these posts. This media player is not just an upscaler, it is full HD. Also, the remote has features beyond just the basic. The software provided is also easy to use. In my opinion is far superior to the sumvision at a much lower price.



Um. Right.

Lots of technical detail in there! DTS sound handling? Some sample file details for files above SD resolution would be nice .... and maybe a bit of detail for the guy asking about the remote!

Maybe even some basic stuff like support for NTFS formatted drives ....

Your reply contains no more info than the bare minimum thats on the Amazon page!

I'm still not convinced ...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81ylyw3X3XL._AA1500_.jpg

lol

love the bit at the end of the "Video" list ..... "and etc." who the hell puts that at the end of a list like that!

The list on the box makes it sound impressive. But it's vague. Anyone actually bought one and can give some slightly more detailed info/feedback than mark32 managed a couple of posts up?

If this thing is actually any good, I'll grab one for the gf ....

Heres the remote ...

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/412DfAiLJBL._SL500_.jpg

The player supports 5.1 surround sound. There is an option to zoom but not slow motion. You cannot scene select (mainly because the videos will not be broken down to scenes), however there are several fast forward speeds. The 'etc' is a bit daft but I guess it's just showing that it has all bases covered. It really is a cracking device and would recommend it to all....even the cynics!

Original Poster

OK - well mine arrived today. It looks well built and hooking it all up with HDMI was a doddle. I have given it a VERY QUICK test. It is a bit picky on flv files but that might be me so I am going to pull a few flv files off of YouTube and see how it goes. I will do more testing later. It didn't like my (ancient) external HDD (my laptop has the odd issue with this too) so I shifted the files onto an SD card and it played back the avi files (upscaled to 1080p) perfectly - which is actually all I wanted it for. For the money, I can't fault it really. Now all I need is a bigger card!!

Hi there all

I bought one, not expecting much for £19 quid, was delivered last night, got it out of the box and it is a well built unit, comes with composite video and audio cables rmote and a power supply (but no HDMI cable), plugged it into my Toshiba 32" 1080p tv via HDMI, plugged a fat32 formatted aldi external 640gb hard drive in and it worked straight away, user interface looks good, you have 4 or 5 options, setup, photos, music, movies or a file explorer, remote works from 9+ft away.

My hard drive has 16,000+ photos/500+ videos on and it skipped from one to the next very quickly, tried it with 720p MKV & mp4 files, no problem, it upscaled 700mb avi/divx rips and they looked very very watchable. biggest file i tried was 2.9gb but i will try bigger later.

According to the manual (a bit of a rubbish one) NTFS formatted hard drives should be plug and play too but i didnt try.

For the money a bargain.

Cheers James

Hi, Been looking at these on Amazon, no reviews there, so didn't know if to try. looking at the comments on this site has convinced me to try one. I have had two Sumvisions in the past twelve months and both burnt out, so will give those a wide berth. Thank's for all the helpful comments on this site.
Joe

Just picked one of these up for £20. It's a very simple budget player, for £20 it's a good deal. Plays the same as my WDTV box and looks tiny on the shelf. I have played mkv, avi, mp4 as per the file list, without a problem.

Not sure why sancheez is so **** about somethign that's £20 and clearly a cheap version of a complicated system. I don't have the energy to explain this in every detail, it works, if it didn't i would move on with my life. If it cost more, i'd expect more info before i bought it. There's another 1 million cheap bargains out there and another 1 million sancheez types waiting to show how clever they think they are.... groan.

Hi guys anyone here still using their Habitat, and has tried to change the battery on the remote?
I tried to switch the battery, but theres no proper place the fit things together, the battery goes into a loose plastic disc, and there's a spring contraption that doesnt really seem to hold anything. So I can find out how to actually fit the battery into the remote. Unfortunately cant find a manual.
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