Price/ergonomics recommendation at Tom's Hardware Italy
Leading Italian PC and electronics news website Tom’s Hardware has just reviewed the Playon!HD.
Although awards are not handed-out, the Playon!HD performed well!
Here is a summary in English.“An Attractive Choice”
“The power loading is fast, it's responsive and easy to use. Perhaps the only flaw is the graphics, which not very attractive, but this remains secondary to functionality and ergonomics of use. AC Ryan has customized the system to provide additional functionality, including some Internet services and a BitTorrent download. Going into more detail, in addition to the features of video, pictures and music, there is a service to connect to Internet radio, Picasa and Flickr galleries, RSS and the weather service. The settings menu is full enough, without going into too much detail. The simplicity of this software is an advantage and a defect at the same time. On one side is direct and fast, with a few clicks you select the playback device and start the movie or the song, the other might require a bit more practice, especially when you enter the settings menu, or when you want to copy files from one device to another. After discovering how it works (there is an instruction manual), it is easy to use.
As for the device, it is all you want. The back is full of connections, the best among the players based on this software. The USB ports are moved to the right side, midway between the convenience of having the front facade and the inconvenience of them behind. There is also a memory card reader, an interesting addition that allows you to immediately see the pictures taken with a camera but also becomes a viable alternative as the storage medium.
Regarding the noise, while watching a movie will never be a problem.
From a pure point of view of price / ergonomics, The Playon!HD is an attractive choice for those who want a HD media player, too, without having to worry about file compatibility, plus a BitTorrent client discreet and quiet”
Entire Review:http://www.tomshw.it/cont/articolo/play ... 073/1.html