Asus O!Play Media Player Review

Posted: December 1, 2009
Asus O!Play Media Player Review

Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn bring another possible holiday gift idea under $100 with the Asus O!Play streaming media center. This device allows users to stream content from a PC or storage unit directly to your TV over your home network in 1080p. See if this is worth the cheap gift for that cheap friend!

What You Need To Know

  • This device looks pretty inconspicuous but has almost enough inputs to place next to your TV.
  • The set-up is as easy as plugging it into your TV and network, then powering it on.
  • It features a composite and HDMI output, a LAN port for networking and both a USB and E-Sata port for attaching external storage.
  • There are no internal storage capabilities and no wi-fi.
  • Navigation is pretty boring, and you do get media previews on the side bar, but that's a standard element across the board.
  • Out of the box, this device is sad in terms of features but the latest firmware upgrade gives a nice surprise: universal plug and play.
  • This allows you to connect to services like PlayOn to stream videos from Netflix, YouTube and Hulu from your PC.
  • You can also just copy and paste files between external storage and your network.
  • The video and audio quality were pretty good. Content streamed from Hulu had a much better video quality than we've seen previously, and less error messages when trying to load videos.
  • The audio is standard but also relative to how you have your home theater system set up.
  • The 1080p video quality is great, the audio is standard and overall, it's a good player.


  • $99


  • A Buy. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The price is great for an introductory media player if you can live without the internal storage.

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