“Recommended – Very Good” at Clubic France
Leading French news and reviews website Clubic has recently reviewed the Playon!HD.
Here is an English summary below.
"An Excellent Choice"
“AC Ryan does not supply their players in half measures: the box contains a kit of all the necessary accessories. We note also that a fan is present on the back. Fortunately, it is not too loud. With regards to cooling, it is surprising that no air vent has been provided. The absence does not seem to be harmful to the player as it does not overheat. Another positive point we would like to see more often with competitors: a slot for SD cards is located on the right side. Ergonomics of the menu are pleasant. You're never lost in the menus, and even if the case were to arise, a simple press of the "home" on the remote allows you to instantly return to the main menu.
Navigation possibilities within the video file is very large. AC Ryan engineers are aware enough to allow a specific point in the video in several different ways. Firstly, there is a classic option to advance and rewind (1, 1.5, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 x) perfectly functional. The all-new chip from Realtek decompression (1073DD +) proves its effectiveness, since it overcomes the acceleration without flinching. On the other hand, to make instantaneous jumps, simply press the "Goto" on the remote. This action triggers the opening of a menu that offers direct access to a chapter, or go to a specific location on the timeline. On the other hand, we must focus on the effectiveness of the proposed tools: with most SD or HD video, the jumps are immediate!
In terms of optical media rips this time we have seen that HD players were perfectly able to interpret the structure of a DVD. When attempting to open a directory containing the VOB files, the interface automatically suggests to browse the file, or open the virtual disk. Once the drive is started, we have access to interactive menus and the various chapters. We especially appreciate the UPnP for simplified sharing photos or videos since in this case, we do not notice major compatibility issues.
The audio gives full satisfaction. One can even say that the developers went after things that we have the same right to web radio "Shoutcast" (a form of audio broadcasting which includes hundreds of radio stations). This feature is still rare enough to be highlighted.
The second supported protocol will bring tears of joy to users of P2P. You guessed it, one finds a small Bit torrent customer within the Playon!HD. After having charged a file .torrent, it is able to continue a completely autonomous remote loading.
...all in all, the AC Playon!HD is an excellent choice”
Entire Review: http://www.clubic.com/disque-dur-memoir ... ia-hd.html