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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. Richard
    Twitter: sphrynx14
    says:

    http://twitter.com/#!/sphrynx14/status/124433748795199488

    “I’m excited to watch Transformers 3 on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

    My favorite all-time movie would be 3 idiots because its really funny and has a lot of good lessons for us to apply in life. “All Iz Well”

  2. Annika Banguilan says:

    https://twitter.com/#!/annikafb/status/124459535338455040

    My favorite all time movie is Harry Potter 7 because it is full of amazing adventures and a twist of magic and excitement.

  3. april anne says:

    https://www.facebook.com/april.yanga
    My favorite all time movie the soul surfer very inspiring movie…..

  4. charson says:

    http://www.facebook.com/charson.pagador
    My favorite all time movie the Taken full of suspense and thrill.

    Reply

  5. charson says:

    http://www.facebook.com/charson.pagador
    My favorite all time movie the Taken full of suspense and thrill.

  6. tons says:

    http://www.facebook.com/burleytop

    my all time favorite is Kung Fu Panda, love the action at the same time the non stop humor

  7. MApin
    Twitter: mikeapin
    says:

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

  8. Mikke says:

    I’m excited to watch the Gone With The Wind on Noontech MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from Yugatech…

    My favorite all time movie is Gone With The Wind because it is full of life. Survival! it was hard to many families to survive after the Civil War Scarlett O’Hara did what she felt was necessary to help her family survive. Her inner strength gave her the will to survive against all odds but she was blinded by bitterness and love hardened the soul of the person. In the end you loose the person that really cares and loves you…. one of the famous line i really like by Scarlet O Hara is As God is my witness I will never be hungry again. The scene is so touching especially when she scoop the ash of on the ground f their burn bome. The movie for me for all time… In the end she said tomorrow is another day when Rhett Butler left him knowing that there is hope and she never lose hope and faith. She has survive and so she will…

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_the_message_of_the_movie_Gone_With_the_Wind#ixzz1aqrA4lNj

    has a lot of good lessons for us to apply in life. “All Iz Well”

  9. Mikke says:

    I’m excited to watch the Gone With The Wind on Noontech MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from Yugatech…

    My favorite all time movie is Gone With The Wind because it is full of life. Survival! it was hard to many families to survive after the Civil War Scarlett O’Hara did what she felt was necessary to help her family survive. Her inner strength gave her the will to survive against all odds but she was blinded by bitterness and love hardened the soul of the person. In the end you loose the person that really cares and loves you…. one of the famous line i really like by Scarlet O Hara is As God is my witness I will never be hungry again. The scene is so touching especially when she scoop the ash of on the ground f their burned bome. The movie for me for all time… In the end she said tomorrow is another day when Rhett Butler left him knowing that there is hope and she never lose hope and faith. She has survive and so she will…

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_the_message_of_the_movie_Gone_With_the_Wind#ixzz1aqrA4lNj

    has a lot of good lessons for us to apply in life. “All Iz Well”

  10. Carlos says:

    One of my favorite movie is definitely Avatar because although it was primarily an adventure/sci-fi/sfx movie, it managed to have a great story behind it, was well produced, and definitely well directed. Plus the fact that its Blu ray transfer is one of the best yet, I definitely don’t get tired of watching it over and over again. Count me in! :) (http://twitter.com/#!/vladrys/status/125312720261234689)

  11. My all time favorite is George Lucas Star Wars Saga and it will be pretty interesting to watch them in blue ray with the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Imagine downloading in the net blue ray ISO and storing is no problem. Want one? Grab one free from Yugatech- http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

    Read more – http://www.facebook.com/sidney.j.wong/posts/302429393107760

  12. Micco Jay Bugtai
    Twitter: miccojay92
    says:

    https://www.facebook.com/bugtai92/posts/188075251267973

    My all-time favorite movie is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2!
    I’m just thrilled by the magical action going on coupled with top-of-the-line visual effects!

  13. John Michael A. Tube
    Twitter: jmtubera
    says:

    https://twitter.com/jmtubera/status/125938830091096065

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

    what’s you all-time favorite movie and why?

    Of course, Harry Potter Movies. No movies can beat harry potter. It’s childhood of many people, It became the most meaningful movies of all time. It is such a genius creation. We saw how the characters in the movie has grow up, We went through the journeys with them. It’s just sad that it has to end, I cried after i watched the last movie(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II) that’s how affected i am. The fact that we’re not waiting anymore for a next harry potter movie saddens me. I think it’s the best movie, jk rowling is amazing :)

  14. John Michael Tubera
    Twitter: jmtubera
    says:

    https://twitter.com/jmtubera/status/125938830091096065

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

    what’s you all-time favorite movie and why?

    Of course, Harry Potter Movies. No movies can beat harry potter. It’s childhood of many people, It became the most meaningful movies of all time. It is such a genius creation. We saw how the characters in the movie has grow up, We went through the journeys with them. It’s just sad that it has to end, I cried after i watched the last movie(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II) that’s how affected i am. The fact that we’re not waiting anymore for a next harry potter movie saddens me. I think it’s the best movie, jk rowling is just amazing :)

  15. Jeff Trinidad says:

    https://twitter.com/#!/jeff_trinidad/status/125941018200776704

    Who can resist Lightning McQueen and especially Mater? The duo are back with not just fast and exciting race, but with secret agents. Yup, Secret Agents. It’s like watching a cartoon, Fast and the Furious and James Bond in one EPIC movie. Real MEN should watch Cars 2 :D

  16. June Justine
    Twitter: iAMZuperJei
    says:

    https://www.facebook.com/blackhunter09/posts/297971020229735

    My favorite movie of all time is Tron. With its sci-fi effects, super gorgeous girl lead character, and action-packed scenes left me speechless. I may say that it’s quite not the same with those films, but hey, techie movie will always be awesome!

  17. JR
    Twitter: vincentgenesis
    says:

    http://twitter.com/#!/vincentgenesis/status/125941525208236032

    My favorite all time movie is the Inception because it cleverly presents us a very simple, yet life-changing idea that our reality and dreams are one and same, in the process blurring the line between what we perceive to be truth and what we disdain as falsehood.

  18. Cristina
    Twitter: itscristinavi
    says:

    LINK: http://pixel-counting.tumblr.com/post/11569893101/yugatech

    What’s your all-time favorite movie and why?

    Actually it’s a series! My favorite is the Harry Potter series because watching it is like entering another world! The special effects are just amazing! Seeing the books come to life through the movies was just magical for me as a kid back then and even now, when I think about it, I just love the fact that I grew up with the series!

  19. JmBalicano
    Twitter: JMBalicano
    says:

    https://www.facebook.com/jm.balicano/posts/165002100256216

    My all time favorite movies are from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For me, it’s one of the few trilogies that didn’t end up being a let-down after the last movie. The Matrix didn’t seem to live up to the spectacularly high expectations everyone had. Spiderman came close. Transformers could have taken its spot if Megan Fox hadn’t been rudely fired from the gig.

    Gandalf vs the Balrog in Fellowship of the Ring.

    “YOU. SHALL. NOT. PASS!”

    E.P.I.C. Badass MoFo

  20. Sanctuarian06
    Twitter: Sanctuarian06
    says:

    Link:

    http://twitter.com/Sanctuarian06/status/125962284253196288

    My all time favorite movie is all Harry Potter Series, simply because I love magic, I want to have a wand and a broomstick!

  21. Alex says:

    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

    Why? Because when I saw that movie, it totally blew my mind away! My friends and I even talked about the entire Matrix concept for days.

  22. Rex
    Twitter: angkarasu
    says:

    I’m excited to watch the Transformers 3 on the Noontec MovieHome V8 Media Player. Want one? Grab one free from YugaTech — http://yugatech.ph/pKdxNy

    link: http://twitter.com/#!/angkarasu/status/125971984852062208

    My all time favorite movie is Spiderman 2 because it’s a combination of great story and graphics. They say there will be a Spiderman 4. I hope it would be the best ever :)

  23. Alex says:

    http://www.facebook.com/ayecky/posts/208384555896529

    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

    Why? Because when I saw that movie, it totally blew my mind away! My friends and I even talked about the entire Matrix concept for days.

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