AC Ryan PLAYON! HD
Packaging and Appearance
Packaging and Appearance
The Playon came well packaged, arriving spotless from it's travels. The front has a product shot, name and a few logos showing the drive's key technologies. The minimalist front looks very professional, as does the blue/black colour combination used. The back is where all the information can be found, and is an absolute wash of multilingual text in the minutest of fonts.
Pulling the Playon out of it's box reveals it's subtle styling and smooth curves. The front is made from a shiny plastic, with just the AC Ryan logo and a recessed power button damaging the smooth appearance. The drive is constructed from reassuringly thick plastic, along with a weighty steel base plate, giving the drive a very sturdy overall feel. On the top we can see the PLAYON!HD branding, which is ever so slightly raised, making it noticeable to the touch.
Down the right hand side we have a pair of USB ports for connecting external devices, such as cameras and hard drives, along with a B-type USB port for connecting the Playon to your PC via USB. There is also a small slit where you can insert memory cards - Memory Stick & SD cards are supported.
Around the back we have a large selection of connectors and ports to choose from. From left to right we have: Optical and Coxial audio connection, RJ45 Network port, HDMI port, 6 component outputs (3x for HD, 3x for Audio and standard video) and finally the DC input connection. On the left there is also a small 40mm fan, which managed to stay quiet throughout testing, despite its minuscule size.
Flipping the Playon over reveals a hatch for inserting/removing the hard drive as well as accessing the internals. The drive connects through the standard Sata power/data connections so pretty much any hard disk can be used. As far as internals go, the Playon is fairly sparse, with only one PCB residing inside - but then again, size isn't everything.
Delving into the box we find a rather thorough bundle of accessories - it includes pretty much all the cables and extras you will need to get up and running. From left to right we have: Remote Control, Batteries, HDMI Cable, Yellow-Red-White Component lead, Green-Red-Blue Component lead, USB Wi-Fi adaptor, USB A-B Cable, Power Adaptor and Users manual. Unfortunately the power adaptor included with our unit had a European plug attached - hopefully this won't be a retail problem. The bundled remote is fairly tall, but fits nicely in the hand and is comfortable to use.
Overall, I rather like the styling of the Playon, it's subtle curves and simple fascia give it an overall look and feel of class. The ports are smartly arranged around the exterior, with the USB's easy to access from the sides. The included bundle compliments the unit well, rounding the package off nicely. With this in mind, I think it's about time we got onto some testing....
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