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WD TV™ Media Player January 31, 2009

Posted by Donnie in Gadgets.
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I have a friend who has one of these, so I thought I’d review it.  My first reaction was “it’s SO SMALL”, as he and I unpacked it, I was amazed at it’s simplicity  and ease of  hookup. He has a HDMI connection to his Flat screen (composite RCA outputs are also available)  so it was a simple matter of plugging one cable into both and connecting the external USB hard drive, which is not included.  My friend already had burned his personal movie collection to a WD Passport External Hard drive, so the time consuming work was already done .  In a matter in just a few minutes we were watching movies!

The interface is one of simplicity, which therein lies its power. My friends 6 year old son was operating the device and selecting his favorite movie, “Cars”, in seconds. Long Vacations are great for this media plkayer as you can pack it with you have have hundreds of movies available to you at at a moments notice on that rainy day at the beach.

Bottom line is I give this unit 4.5 stars! It would have a 5 star rating if it had Boxee built in also. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys watching their movie collection. My friend has about 350 movies on his 500GB WD Passport, all at his fingertips! No trips to Blockbuster, no downloads from Netflix, for the $129 retail price and $99 internet price this is a hard item to beat!

Donnie

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The information below is from WD website….

Combined with a My Passport portable drive (sold separately), this player is the most convenient way to play HD movies or user-generated videos, listen to high-quality digital music and show high-resolution slideshows of your family photos on your TV. Also works with popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices. 

 

Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices – Play content from most popular USB drives,and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.
Full HD video playback and navigation – up to 1080p – Experience the spectacular picture quality of HD video and crystal clear sound clarity of digital audio. Use the included remote control to navigate through your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated HD menus.
Collect without limits – There’s no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.
Advanced navigation  

  • Thumbnail and list views – Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
  • Media Library – This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.
  • Search – Search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename.
Photo viewing  

  • Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
  • Zoom and pan
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Movie viewing  

  • Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
  • View subtitles
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Music playback  

  • Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Access two USB drives simultaneously – Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type.
HDMI and composite video connections – The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.
Includes free media conversion software – ArcSoft MediaConverter™ 2.5 — a fast, easy-to-use application that converts photo, video, and music files into formats optimized for use on the WD TV HD Media Player.
Ultra-compact design – Fits easily into your entertainment center.
Ideal For  

Hassle-free playback of HD movies, home videos, digital music, and photos on your TV. 

System Requirements

  • My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it.
  • Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections

Package Contents

  • HD Media Player
  • Compact remote with batteries
  • Media converter software (Windows only)
  • Composite AV cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
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