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October 10, 2011

Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player Review

We had a good two weeks with the Noontec Media Player MovieHome V8. It’s a totally new media player to me but having used and played with a lot of similar ones before, it was fairly easy to familiarize myself with the device. Check out our full review after the jump.

There are a number of models in the Noontec line-up and the MovieHome V8 NAS is the newest of the lot (launched back in June with a local distributor bringing the unit to the Philippines just this month).

The manufacturer (Noontec) is based in Shenzen, China and has been making a lot of media players for years including a recently launched Android Gingerbread-based Smart TV HD Player.

The player looks like a cross between one of those black and slim DVD players and the PS3 with its combination of glossy and sand-paper finish.

The Noontec V8 houses an internal storage using a 2.5″ or 3.5″ HDD with capacities of up to 3TB. You can transfer movies into the drive via a USB 3.0 cable or directly download files straight into the client. The drive bay can be easily opened from the front when you install a HDD (no need to unscrew any of the metal panels).

That somewhat justifies the larger than usual size of the player compared to the ones we used before.

You can also connect an external drive, NAS, or SD card on any of the ports built into the player. There’s a single HDMI port at the back to connect to your TV or, if you have an analog display, use the S-Video sockets.

The SD card reader is on the right side and can read media card with up to 8GB in capacity (not sure why it’s limited to that size but it could probably be fixed with a firmware update).

There’s a Gigabit LAN port as well to connect the player to the network although an optional WiFi dongle can be hooked to one of the USB 2.0 ports if you want wireless connection. The LED display up front also provides helpful info about the media you are currently playing.

The Noontec V8 reads just about any of the more common file for movies (including Bluray ISO), music and photos. And the HDD doesn’t need any special formatting as it supports FAT32 and NTFS.

Video decoding: MPEG 1/2/4, Xvid, H.264,VC-1, RM/RMVB
Video formats: AVI, MPG,TS/M2TS/TP/TRP, ISO, IFO, VOB, DAT, MP4, FLV, WMV, MKV, MOV, RM/RMVB
Audio formats: APE, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, LPCM, FLAC, AC3
Photo file format: JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, GIF

One issue I had was that the manual that came with it is all in Chinese. Luckily, you can download a copy of the English Manual from their website.

The UI is very simple and easy to understand and use. It’s fast and responsive even when the list of titles on the catalog is quite long. It’s a minor feature but I really liked the idea of having a background wallpaper that you can customize on the screen.

Setting up the device to the network was pretty easy and straightforward via the LAN port. I haven’t tried the WiFi since it will need the optional, dedicated dongle to go with it. The Gigabit connection (1,000Mbps) is a huge plus factor when you’re transferring large files across your network. If not, you can still use the USB 3.0 port for really fast file transfers.

The Noontec V8 also comes with a Bittorent client so you can download movies straight into the internal HDD. The interface of the client needs a little bit more work though — it’s not that user-friendly (I keep coming back to the Chinese manual). In any case, it does the work as expected and as long as it can download torrents on its own, that’s fine by me.

Movie playback is fast and smooth with support for full HD 1080p videos. No lags or noticeable choking of video streams. Video output is great and the player renders them without any degradation (tried it on a 42-inch LCD TV and worked flawlessly).

The LED display in the front does help in providing media information of the file I am playing (as well as the elapsed time).

The remote control looks good, has a solid build and easy to use and operate. I wish they added backlit keys so one can use them even in the dark.

The Noontec Media Player MovieHome V8 has a suggested retail price of Php7,799 but they’re offering it for Php6,999 as an introductory price (HDD sold separately).

Not a bad price for a pretty capable device — biggest advantage is the USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN and Bittorent client.

Don’t know which stores carry these players but you can email noontec.ph@gmail.com for inquiries (will update once I get them).

Wait, there’s more!

I asked the local distributor if I can give away this review unit and they gladly agreed. Let’s make this very easy and simple, just the way we do giveaways around here.

All you need to do is this — complete this sentence:

I’m excited to watch the < name of movie > on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

Leave a comment below with a link to your entry and answer this question — what’s you all-time favorite movie and why?

Hit the comments with your answer. We’ll randomly pick a winner by October 24.

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313 Responses to “Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player Review”

  1. Jhun says:

    https://twitter.com/#!/jhunserrano/status/123414557388570625

    my all-time favorite movie is The Godfather, ’cause it brings out the gangsta in me.

  2. Demi Barbra Angeles
    Twitter: mishidems
    says:

    http://twitter.com/mishidems/status/123419074695938048

    My all-time favorite movie is the Harry Potter series. Cause it made my adolescent life fun, complete and full of inspiration. :)

  3. Ken Go says:

    my all-time favorite movie is The Lost Bladesman, as it depicts chinese history adapting the story of Guan Yu.

  4. Aileen Siwa
    Twitter: SamutSariAtbp1
    says:

    My all-time fave movie is Miss Congeniality because it showed how strong a woman’s personality is and how she should be treated.

    https://twitter.com/#!/AileenSiwa/status/123422586590871552

  5. Don Reyes says:

    I’m excited to watch “300” on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player.nothing like a movie that will inspire you to fight against the odds,,and much dramatic and surreal with HD playback!

  6. Paulo Avila
    Twitter: paulomavila
    says:

    I love watching the hilarious Steve Carell, so my favorite movie pick is “Crazy Stupid Love”.

    http://www.facebook.com/rhiva.paulo.baby.avila/posts/278894502132414

  7. MARCO says:

    What’s you all-time favorite movie and why? My all time favorite movie
    My all time favorite movie is Jerry Maguire because it teaches you about SUCCESS, LIFE and most especially about LOVE. It takes at least two willing people to have a conversation. It is crucial to provide value as you engage with others but it is also imperative to be “real” – individuals want to connect with other people.

    Here’s the link to my entry:
    https://www.facebook.com/gogogomarcus/posts/175687635847497

  8. justin says:

    My favorite movie is dawn of the dead i just love zombie flicks !

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=271402729557928&id=100000088218466

  9. bullet1219 says:

    https://plus.google.com/110999252770454933853/posts/Yk2JLoiYJ4Q

    My all time favorite movie is “Life Is Beautiful.” Because this movie shows what a father can do for his son. Every time I see this movie, I cry.

  10. Dan says:

    https://www.facebook.com/danikskyut/posts/162320133859253

    I’m excited to watch The Matrix on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

    My all time favorite is The Matrix Trilogy, because it is the best action packed movie out there during my childhood. I would love to see this on 3D though :)

    I have probably watch The Matrix 1 probably about 20 times!

  11. Francisco Santamaria says:

    I’m excited to watch the movie Dersu Uzala on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy
    My all time favorite movie is dersu uzala from Akira Kurosawa.It is about the importance of nature and to protect the enviroment.So relevant on this times.

  12. JP
    Twitter: whirlp00l
    says:

    I’m excited to watch the on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

    Titanic is my pick since it made me cry when watching it when I was a kid. The theme song was also sung by my still crush. <3

  13. RG Concepcion
    Twitter: rgeeko
    says:

    My all time favorite is the Proposal. it’s a romantic comedy that never fails to make me laugh.

    http://twitter.com/#!/rgeeko/status/123571251578023936

  14. rueld
    Twitter: ruel2d
    says:

    Schindler’s List is my all-time favorite movie.
    It’s very noble that a wealthy businessman used his wealth to save hundreds of people, which nowadays is the other way round;businessmen sacrificing hundreds of people for wealth.
    This movie should be an inspiration to all.

    https://www.facebook.com/100000486489836/posts/275080575848692

  15. I’m excited to watch Transformers 3 1080P on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. This digital wonder of a movie simply brings out the child-playing me on a trip down memory lane of my younger years watching the original series.

    https://twitter.com/#!/marvin_tejada/status/123575932178022401

  16. Carl Saquitan says:

    Meet Joe Black is my all time favorite movie, because i am just impressed how the story unfold itself and how it was made and also i am a sucker for a good love story.

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=144640218966685&id=730417337

  17. Louie
    Twitter: louiebaliza
    says:

    My all-time favorite movie is The Fifth Element the movie that starred Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. That movie was breath taking for when I watched it on the big screen and the VHS. It introduced to me a lifelong love affair with science fiction and my fondness to comics. Just got the 1080p rip of that movie. HAHA

    http://twitter.com/#!/louiebaliza/status/123628670941282304

  18. nico
    Twitter: nicoparboleda
    says:

    http://twitter.com/nicoparboleda/status/123636929685229568

    ‘The Godfather’ had probably the best cinematography, direction, cast, and most of all, it was based on the best gangster story ever published.

    “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” – Don Vito Corleone

  19. https://twitter.com/#!/Techie_Foodie/status/123636267077484545

    My favorite movie to date is most probably The City of God. It is raw, real and one of the most true films I’ve seen without the hollywood BS they normally put in movies these days.

  20. Papapau says:

    I’m excited to watch the Avatar on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player.

    Perfect in every detail.. How they structured the nature, human as antagonists, how human can mach the avatars, how the main antagonist died, how he acquired the bird, superb views of their world, and everything else!!

  21. o says:

    My favorite movie is No Other Woman because there is no other movie relatable to my own life experiences.

  22. rho says:

    My favorite movie is No Other Woman because there is no other movie relatable to my own life experiences.

    http://www.facebook.com/rhoroe/posts/229027963825680

  23. Ronald L. Ramos
    Twitter: talweaver
    says:

    I’m excited to watch the new Star Trek on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

    One of the best movies in recent Trek movie history.

  24. Marlvin Ching says:

    I’m excited to watch the Lord of the Rings Trilogy BluRay Edition on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player because

    “The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

    Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

    We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.” -George RR Martin

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