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.