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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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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