Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player

Conclusion

Conclusion

With its support for over 15 different file formats including music and images, there's no doubting that the Icy Box IB-MP301 Media Player fills a hole in the market where people want to play downloaded or converted movies and music on their existing TV/Audio systems without the need for a large and expensive HTPC setup.

Transferring files to the device is a breeze thanks to its USB2 connection and automatic detection by Windows as a standard hard disk. The only problems we encountered were largely down to Windows not wanting to format the device any larger than 32GB, but a quick email to Raidsonic provided us with a simple solution.

Due to hit the market with a RRP of around £55, the IB-MP301 certainly impressed us with it's decent quality audio and video playback, but I cant help thinking how much more appeal the device would have if it had the ability to record - making it a convenient and cost effective replacement for the ageing video recorder.


Pro's
• Cost effective alternative to purchasing a HTPC setup for playing downloaded media.
• Surprisingly good quality video and audio playback.
• Support for hard disks up to 500gb, allowing plenty of space for entire DVD collections.
• Support for over 15 different formats including displaying JPEG images.
• Easy to transfer files. Device appears in Windows as a standard hard disk.

Con's
• Formatting disks greater than 32gb could be made easier.
• No 'record' function. Being able to record from the TV to MPEG would add a whole new level of usefulness to the device.
• No digital outputs for improved quality.


Recommended Award Value For $$ Award


Thanks to Raidsonic for providing this product for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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12-07-2007, 06:30:12

JN
"Looking for easy access to your MP3, video and image collections via your TV without the need for an expensive HTPC setup? Maybe Icy Box have the answer with their HDD Media Player."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...224003620s.jpg

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12-07-2007, 07:24:23

Rastalovich
Great read m8. All through the descriptions I kept stopping and thinking "hmm ageing tech.." - then getting to the end and seeing the price tag, it`s pretty decent.

I couldn`t see myself buying it to house my DVD collection, as frankly it wouldn`t fit (limiting to 500g), but I could however see myself filling it with all music, photos/pictures and maybe music videos. Even tho that`d probably only take perhaps a safe 200g.

For the price I think it`s great, not a movie thing for me tho.Quote

12-07-2007, 07:32:27

JN
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Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'

I couldn`t see myself buying it to house my DVD collection, as frankly it wouldn`t fit (limiting to 500g), but I could however see myself filling it with all music, photos/pictures and maybe music videos. Even tho that`d probably only take perhaps a safe 200g.
Yeah agreed. In all honesty I can see it appealing more to people who download things like episodes of Lost, 24, Simpsons etc off the net (note: I don't condone this!) and just want to be able to watch it on a big screen without faffing around burning it to disks.Quote
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