Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player
Packaging & Appearance
In keeping with many of the other Icy Box packaging designs (including the recently reviewed IB-NAS2000
), Raidsonic have opted for a black cardboard box printed with vibrant pink graphics. This certainly makes the IB-MP301 stand out, and most definitely won't go unnoticed on retailers shelves.
The front of the box keeps things relatively simple as not to overwhelm any potential buyers with information. Only details on supported formats along with pictures of the front and back of the Icy Box are present.
Around the side and back of the of the box Raidsonic have gone into more detail, listing specifications such as file system support, connectivity and supported operating systems - in a total of 7 languages.
Open up the box and we can see that the Icy Box is held securely in place by a shaped cardboard insert that fits snugly around the unit. This combined with the plastic bag that the unit is placed in should provide adequate protection from any courier inflicted damage. Also included in the box are the following items to get you up and running:
• Power adapter.
• UK power cord.
• USB Cable.
• Driver Disk.
• Remote control.
• Composite Phono cables.Appearance
If there's one thing the Icy Box series have never been short of, it's style. The IB-MP301 follows the same curved design as many of Icy Box's external hard disk enclosures but is mostly constructed from plastic rather than the brushed aluminium used on the IB-NAS2000.
The front of the unit has several controls for navigating around the menu's on the device along with power and reset switches at the top. One button I would have liked to have seen on the device is 'Setup'. This is essential to configuring the unit, but only available on the remote control.
Around the back of the unit you'll find a total of 6 connectors all marked with their relevent names. From bottom to top we have: a USB2 port, Left/Right Audio RCA Jacks, Video RCA Jack, VGA port for connection to a monitor, and a power connector that looks very much like a S-Video port. There's no sign of any digital outputs, but in all fairness the IB-MP301 isn't designed to be a high-end HD-Ready or Audiophile solution.
The included remote control contains all the features you'd expect to find on an average DVD player remote, and is a fair bit smaller to boot. However, it has to be said that the controller lacks any kind of style and does feel slightly tacky when pushing buttons.
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