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The Asus O!Play HD2 is a higher-end media server to be released in 2010.

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Pros

GIU is very intuitive - menu layout is familiar and easy to control, with many common configuration options available right away

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Small profile is beneficial for tighter home theater spaces - can easily be placed atop an existing Blu-Ray player/digital cable box

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Supports virtually every major file format - very helpful for users synchronizing a wide variety of devices/media types

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Firmware updating is truly simple - automatic network connectivity enables non-interruptive viewing while keeping up to date on features and layouts

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Streamlined, minimal aesthetic is a great addition to most home theater configurations - LED strip is smooth and non-imposing

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Cons

GUI navigation forces system out of 1080p resolution - frustrating for HD viewers, as it may take 5-10 seconds to return to full-quality capabilities

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May be tough to turn unit entirely off - hard drive/operation light remain active after shutting down, requiring users to unplug the wall adapter to safe power

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Inability to copy/move files between network devices puts unit at a disadvantage - competitors from Buffalo and Western Digital offer this feature natively

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The Asus O!Play HD2 is a higher-end media server to be released in 2010. The device outputs HD content via HDMI or component, and also features composite and optical digital audio connectivity, enabling 5.1-channel audio streaming. The O!Play HD2 is intended to stream media from a home network, external hard drive, or memory card, featuring USB 3.0 and eSATA inputs, and CF, SD, and Memory Stick readers. Detailed specifications are not yet available, but may resemble those of the O!Play AIR, a wireless device released in 2009 and similar in function to the HD2, which may or may not feature Wi-Fi.

Features
  • HDMI, component, composite, and optical digital audio outputs
  • USB 2.0/3.0 and eSATA inputs
  • CF/SD/Memory Stick card readers
  • Home network connection
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