Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging

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.

Icy Box IB-MP301 Packaging

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.

Icy Box IB-MP301 Packaging Icy Box IB-MP301 Packaging

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.

Icy Box IB-MP301 Open Box Icy Box IB-MP301 Contents

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.
• Manual.
• 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.

Icy Box IB-MP301 Front Icy Box IB-MP301 Side

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.

Icy Box IB-MP301 Back

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.

Icy Box IB-MP301 Remote

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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Most Recent Comments

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
Quote:
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

09-08-2007, 05:34:22

Barnie
one thing i will say is the manual is pretty poor, offers no problem solutionsQuote

09-08-2007, 05:43:12

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Barnie'
one thing i will say is the manual is pretty poor, offers no problem solutions
Hi Barnie, What problems are you having? I'll try and give you a hand as I was the one who wrote the review. If not, we also have a supported Icy Box forum here: http://forum.overclock3d.net/forumdisplay.php?f=148Quote

09-08-2007, 10:42:53

Xebedie
Hi There,

I wonder if, as the reviewer, you would be so good as to tell us what the solution was that Raidsonic provided you with to format a HDD in the unit.

I have formatted a 500g drive using mac OSX, which works ok except for the fact that the unit only recognizes 3000 of the media items stored on it.

When I try to format it using a windows XP machine, the unit doesn't recognize the disk at all.

I have tried to contact Raidsonic myself, but after three days they have not responded.

Yours

XebedieQuote
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