Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3
The O!Play arrived in a standard rectangular box, with a product shot and the product name occupying most of the upward face. On the front edge we have the box contents, with various other key product features dotted around the remaining sides of the box.
Inside the box is a small insert which houses the O!Play itself. Pulling this out gives you access to all the bundled accessories. Included in the box we have: a power adapter (UK and European plug adapters), RCA cable, Remote control, Quick start guide and a CD with the Users manual and Connection utility. It's a shame that Asus haven't included an HDMI cable, especially on a device that offers such good support for HD playback.
The O!Play is well rounded in appearance, and fairly plain to look at. From the front it is a simple flat fascia, with only a row of 3 hidden LED's and labels. Moving around to the rear of the device we can see all the vital hook up connections. From left to right we have 3 composite outputs, S/PDIF, HDMI, RJ45 network connection and the DC Power port. I'm quite surprised there isn't the full 5 HD composite connections, for those users that have either saturated all their HDMI ports or simply don't have them.
On the right hand side we find the memory card reader, which will accept most memory card types. Just above the card reader is the O!Play branding, and a small air vent just above that. These are most likely just a precaution, since the heat output from the device should be minimal. Something I noticed quite quickly was the O!Plays ability to attract fingerprints almost as well as Aries attracts PC enthusiasts - it was almost impossible to get rid of them, despite the use of a microfibre cloth.
The left hand side of the O!Play also houses a small vent, identical to the right hand side. Below the vent we find a small reset button, nestled between e-Sata and USB ports. The bundled remote control is fairly modest, and has only a couple of additional buttons over the bare minimum. This is quite refreshing, and should make it less daunting for people using this sort of unit for the first time. It may not appeal to the real media enthusiast, but will be far more usable for the average user. The remote takes 2xAAA batteries, and fits into the hand quite nicely.
The O!Play doesn't really break the mold visually, and certainly won't draw any attention to itself in the living room, but that's definitely not a bad thing. The included accessories bundle is a little unsatisfying, with no bundled HDMI cable, but that shouldn't distract if the O!Play can deliver on it's promises... Time to test out the O!Play...