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February 07, 2011

Asus O!Play Mini Compact Player

Announced back in December, the Asus O!Play Mini is a smaller and more portable media player from Asus (one of four O!Play devices made by Asus).

Unlike its other siblings though, the O!play Mini lacks any network or wireless connectivity feature although it’s expected that it will be the cheapest among the O!Play line-up.

The device is relatively small and lightweight and comes with an HDMI cable in the box. The front side has the SD/MMC/MS/XD card reader and a USB 2.0 port for connecting external storage (HDD or Flash drive) while the HDMI port and an RCA, optical SPDIF ports at the back.

The media player supports Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel surround sound and full HD 1080p videos. It also supports quite a considerable number of video and audio formats (including MKV).

Video formats: MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, RM/RMVB 720p and 1080p

Video file extensions: MP4, MOV, XVID AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, FLV, TS, M2TS, DAT, MPG, VOB, MTS, ISO, IFO, TP,TRP, M1V, M2V, M4V, AVS 1080p

Audio formats: MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, Dolby Digital AC3, DTS 2.0+ Digital Out, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, ID3Tag, PCM/LPCM

Image formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF

Subtitle formats: SRT, SUB, SMI, IDX+SUB, SSA, TXT

The UI is simple and straightforward, nothing fancy nor does it have any touch of eye-candy. The file lists has a small playback window so you get a quick preview of the selected files before you play them. There’s some noticeable lags in the UI but movie playback is smooth and crisp.

We still don’t have the retail price of the O!Play Mini but considering it’s big brother, the O!Play HD2 retails for Php7,500, I’m guessing the Mini would go for under or around Php5,000.


24 Responses to “Asus O!Play Mini Compact Player”

  1. manzi says:

    GUI looks good and the price is affordable.

    maganda siguro ipares dito netdisk enclosure/network hard drive.

  2. jamby says:

    sorry for the ignorance sir abe,..pls enlighten me…this is used (connected) directly to my tv so that i can play digital files??

    again, pls enlighten me as to the purpose of this…

    thank you so much…

  3. Ben says:

    I WAAAAAAAAAAAANNNTT!!!

  4. Calvin says:

    @jamby,

    it’s a media player. connect it to your TV and plug a usb drive or external hard disk onto it so you can watch the content on your TV.

    http://www.calvinshub.com/2009/09/digital-media-players-will-replace-dvd-players-in-the-future/

  5. Nitecrawler says:

    @jamby,

    Yes, you are right. this device is connected directly to a TV. The following devices are the same as this..

    1. WD TV Live HD
    2. Xtreamer/Xtreamer Pro
    3. AC Ryan
    3. Popcorn
    4. Seagate Freeagent+ HD Media Player

  6. jamby says:

    thank you Calvin and Nitecrawler..

    but…can this be used on ordinary tv’s?? i know i won’t be able to maximize the box but,,,ca this be used by simply using RCA cables??

  7. TopMace
    Twitter: topmace
    says:

    @jamby – I believe these kind of devices can be used with ordinary (standard) TV. However, just make sure that the movies that you download are in NTSC format so you can enjoy it. If it’s for PAL, you’re in bad luck.

    LCD TV’s (HDTV’s) can play both NTSC and PAL.

  8. Jonaflormicfren
    Twitter: daniojr
    says:

    A nice innovation. Thanks to Asus. http://ritratos.blogspot.com/

  9. jamby says:

    @topmace…tnx for the info…

    i’m trying to get a second opinion here…

    called up cdrking..they’re selling a 2.8k media player…but accdng to their technician (in ym)..the supplier told them that it can’t be used in ordinary tv’s….only in lcd tv’s….is this info correct?

    here’s the link [url]http://www.cdrking.com/index.php?mod=products&type=view&sid=2733&main=85[/url]

    can i not use this on ordinary tv’s??

  10. GUMZ
    Twitter: jamesmuga
    says:

    Wow… want to have one…

  11. Marites says:

    @jamby, you can used it on ordinary TV BUT not that good quality.

  12. Marites says:

    @jamby, sorry ha, parang madaling masira ung sa CDR King. Madami dyan sa online search ka lang.:)

  13. Karl Mac says:

    nbox parin…

  14. jamby says:

    tnx for the tips guys..

    out of stock lahat ng medai player sa cdrking including the cheap nbox…

  15. jamby says:

    bought one at a TPC seller,..1.1k…so far ok nman for my old tv…

    atsaka na lang bibili ng high end media player when my lcd tv arrive…

  16. Kulam says:

    looks promising…but no eSATA port..bummer.

  17. chacha says:

    my nbox frm cdrking works well but this one does HD so this is for the hires LCD, LED tvs, wow. this competes with the nbox HD.

  18. mebratinelamj says:

    sir, would you kn0w po kung saan pwde buy nito?

  19. skipo
    Twitter: thechubibofun
    says:

    i bought one for 3400 sa mall. sa pc corner 3900 siya pero you can ask for a 100 pesos discount. what i can say about this player is that O!Play is a savior, it saves us the money and it saves us the space na kakainin ng ibang player for being bulky. Also it plays all my .mkv DTS type movies so far. super satisfied buyer here and i would recommend this gadget to everyone. :)

  20. katy
    Twitter: katytorres
    says:

    I just got mine sa GH for 3200, i use this with my 1TB WD External HDD.So far so good..

  21. Clart says:

    After almost 1 yr. price just went down from 3,200 to 3,150?

    I bought one of these last monday at PCexpress SM southmall at 3,150. It’s 3,200 in Octagon so I decided to get it from PCexpress. (I save 50php! yehey!!)

    Unfortunately, It cost me more than I saved to return the product for replacement due to a problem. The player will turn blackout after few minutes of playing 1080p HD movies. But works perfectly fine with lower quality movies like 720p.

    The new player works perfect so far. I love it!

  22. sean miguel says:

    anyone knows where is the service center for this player? the remote control broke down so i need to get it fix.. thanks!

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