AC Ryan PLAYON! HD

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Having tried similar devices in the past, I didn't have high hopes for the Playon. My fears then appeared to be coming true as I fired up the box, with the menus showing signs of lag and general slowness. Expecting to cripple the device, I loaded up the HD footage and was genuinely surprised when it handled it so well, a definite 'Well Done' to AC Ryan.
 
The appearance also comes into play when choosing a device that will live in your lounge, and the Playon comes up trumps there as well, with its simple yet elegant lines producing an aesthetically pleasing device. It also supports possibly the longest list of file types ever written, which should stop some users missing out.
 
If I were to be particularly picky, I would say the lack of external audio/video recording is a bit of a let down. Recording from a HD Tuner or converting old VHS's to hard drive would be a fantastic feature, but you can't have everything. The ability to copy files from USB, Memory card and Network files goes some way to making up for this, making almost all media sources accessible from the Playon.
 
So, what's the overall verdict? Well, If you have a large media library, whether it be photos, music or videos, I think the AC Ryan Playon! is an excellent bit of kit and would definitely recommend looking at it. Available for £143.74 from Scan.co.uk (plus the cost of a hard drive) it may not appear cheap, but when you compare it to the cost of building a media centre PC things start to look much more favourable. 
 
The Good
+ Played HD content without stutter
+ Can handle a wide selection of media input
+ Massive range of supported file types
+ Good looks
+ HDMI output
+ SATA interface for hard drive

The Mediocre
* Takes a few seconds to load when browsing folders
* No facility to record from external equipment

The Bad
- Our unit came with a European plug 
 
 
 
Overclock3d would like to thank AC Ryan for providing todays review sample. Discuss in our forums here.   
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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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