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.