New kid on the block (universal blu ray player)

Just noticed this very interesting player using the same QDEO processor that Oppo & Pioneer LX55 uses, plays the widest known formats, has twin HDMI & has built in wifi.

http://uk.asus.com/Multimedia/Bluray_HD_Media_Player/OPlay_BDS700/

It's got a younger sibling as well, with single HDMI output & optional wifi.

http://uk.asus.com/Multimedia/Bluray_HD_Media_Player/OPlay_BDS500/

The price? That's the best part! €219 for BDS700 & €189 for BDS500.

Any news of UK release date & a review?
 
Content can play directly from external storage devices via the included USB port.

Sound-wise, the O!Play BDS-700 Blu-ray player offers 7.1 channel surround sound mastered in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD - and sports an independent audio-only HDMI port which Asus claims "guarantees improved high definition audio performance through a dedicated channel".
 
It definitely looks very smart!! :p

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It's got a cool iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad / Android / Windows 7 phone / Blackberry / Symbian remote too!

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Nice one BB
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It looks like not a lot of difference between the 2 players having looked at the specifications, other than 2 hdmi's on the more more expensive model. +1 for a review of this.
 
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Nice one BB
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It looks like not a lot of difference between the 2 players having looked at the specifications, other than 2 hdmi's on the more more expensive model. +1 for a review of this.

Also, the older sibling has built-in wifi while the younger one requires an optional wifi adapter. Given the small cost difference between the two, it makes sense to go for BDS700 if you want wifi.

To me, it looks like a hybrid: media player & 3D blu ray player.
 

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You are a naughty boy BB....
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I've just spent £500 on a laptop, upgraded the HDD already & have some Balistix Ram on its way for it.

To say its a bit tempting is an understatement, even when finances just about allow:roll:
 
f1only said:
You are a naughty boy BB....
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I've just spent £500 on a laptop, upgraded the HDD already & have some Balistix Ram on its way for it.

To say its a bit tempting is an understatement, even when finances just about allow:roll:

Go on. You know you want it! >)

I hope it makes its UK debut soon. This is certainly very interesting! Asus has had some winning formulas in the past. Its Eee PC opened up a new sector in computing, although relatively short lived. The Transformer Prime is the most pre-ordered Android tablet in history. The ultra books have generated a buzz in ultraportables, & it's experimenting with products such as the Padfone.

This may just be another winner in its portfolio, if it markets it properly, & the quality lives up to Asus standards.
 

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Go on. You know you want it! >)

I hope it makes its UK debut soon. This is certainly very interesting! Asus has had some winning formulas in the past. Its Eee PC opened up a new sector in computing, although relatively short lived. The Transformer Prime is the most pre-ordered Android tablet in history. The ultra books have generated a buzz in ultraportables, & it's experimenting with products such as the Padfone.

This may just be another winner in its portfolio, if it markets it properly, & the quality lives up to Asus standards.

I would like to see it in action with an external HDD NTFS formatted, playing divx, avi & vob files to name but a few. If the scaling is good enough with its video enhancer it may well be the ideal investment.
 

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