Italian enthusiast website 1e2 has just reviewed the Playon!HD.
It performed well and won the Best Buy award!
Here is a summary in English.“A good media player, beautiful and elegant”
“The Playon! HD from AC Ryan has a menu with nice graphics and is well cared for. And the firmware is well known to be very accurate from this point of view. So let's see how it is structured the menu.
At start we can select where to go thanks to large icons and clear writing. Entering the menu settings are the settings for the audio outputs, just as video (with particular attention to the video resolution with an option to verify the actual viewable screen).
Very useful is the function of monitoring children, with opportunities to enter a password to protect files and folders that you want to show everyone. This option is critical for families with children (and others), but there are very few players who have it.
Browsing through the files on your hard disk or network, or LAN to an external drive, we can scroll the list of videos and using the "Preview" to display the beginning of the film in a sidebar.
Also during browsing, you can apply a filter to files so that only those videos, or just the music or just photos. When we applied the filter to only see the film, we can then apply an additional filter to sort the titles by year, genre, actor or do a search. But that's not all - the firmware for the Playon!HD already incorporates the ability to display the posters of films and their description thanks to a Movie Juke Box, free software YAMJ (Yet Another Movie Jukebox). You can catalogue all your movies and present the library on TV in a professional manner. The videos are played smoothly, even the heaviest MKV up to 40Mbps or ISO of Blu-Ray. However, while for Blu-Ray you cannot navigate through the menus, we can do with the DVD ISO or read from a external DVD optical drive connected via USB.
Thanks to the Ethernet port or WiFi adapter, it can be connected to the network and the Internet. We can add Torrent downloads thanks to the built-in BitTorrent client is controlled by the TV. No need then to have a running computer to download the file, just the Playon! HD . Then we can put different RSS feeds to keep abreast of the latest articles and news from our favourite sites, read directly from the TV. It also features Internet Radio with a list of stations ready to download from the internet, but we can also add our favourite stations (if they are streamed). In addition, we have other Internet services that bring us into the world of Flickr, Picasa, the News and Weather.
Finally we have the possibility to share files on the hard disk of the Playon!HD with LAN due to the NAS mode that activates a Samba server, or you can even share files over the Internet thanks to an embedded FTP server. The Playon!HD consumes very little thanks to the Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive. It ranges from 0.4 watts to 12.2 watts in standby when idle and 13.4 watts when watching a video Full HD 1080p”
Entire Review:http://www.1e2.it/2010/11/hardware/ac-r ... orked.html