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.
 
 AC Ryan PLAYON! Hd Packaging Front AC Ryan PLAYON! Packaging Rear
 
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.
 
AC Ryan PLAYON! HD Front
 
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.
 
AC Ryan PLAYON! HD Side AC Ryan Playon HD Side ports
 
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.
 
AC Ryan PLAYON Rear Ports
 
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.
 
 AC Ryan PLAYON! HD Bottom Ac Ryan Playon! HD Hard drive
 
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.
 
AC Ryan PLAYON! HD Bundle AC Ryan Playon! HD Remote
       
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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Most Recent Comments

08-10-2009, 06:37:56

Bungral
Nice review mate... Interesting product.

Quick question.. How long did it take the device to boot into a usable state?

Maybe a tiny little bit dear, but not by much. Still think I'd prefer to build my own HTPC as you can gear it up to exactly what you need.Quote

09-10-2009, 11:34:12

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Nice review mate... Interesting product.

Quick question.. How long did it take the device to boot into a usable state?

Maybe a tiny little bit dear, but not by much. Still think I'd prefer to build my own HTPC as you can gear it up to exactly what you need.
The drive turned on pretty quick, you're probably looking at about 6 seconds or so?

I totally agree, I'd also prefer to build my own HTPC, but even just the case could cost more than the Playon...Quote

11-10-2009, 07:01:24

Maverick1dj
Was recently thinking of getting the Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player, tho this has now made me think twice.

Would i be right in assuming you can upgrade the HDD in the Playon to say 1/2TB and load movies onto it, so in effect have your entire media library on your Playon?

Have you used the WD TV HD, any thoughts?Quote

11-10-2009, 11:32:37

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Maverick1dj'
Was recently thinking of getting the Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player, tho this has now made me think twice.

Would i be right in assuming you can upgrade the HDD in the Playon to say 1/2TB and load movies onto it, so in effect have your entire media library on your Playon?

Have you used the WD TV HD, any thoughts?
Not really used/looked at the WD TV HD, so Im afraid I can't really offer any advice there.

You'll need to buy a hard drive to get the Playon! Working, but the size of that hard drive is upto you, so you could use a 1tb and put all your media on it no problems.Quote

11-10-2009, 12:23:14

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
so you could use a 1tb and put all your media on it no problems.
You obviously don't know how much media I have Quote
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