If you’re in the market for digital media players, you might want to check take a look at the ASUS O!Play HD2. It’s a huge improvement from their original O!Play which is just a digital media player that can play off media from your USB drives and network shared files.
The ASUS O!Play HD2 can function as a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) drive with its capability to house a 3.5″ hard disk along with wired network support which you would probably want to connect to your wireless router at home. What’s special about the O!Play HD2 compared to other media players out there is its USB 3.0 port which makes it faster to transfer files from your external drives via USB.
Connected to your router (which I’m sure should be sharing internet connection), you can have the O!Play HD2 download torrents for you with its BitTorrent client. You can also use it to browse Flickr, Picasa, Internet radios and surprisingly, no YouTube.
It has support for Full HD 1080P and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD (Pass Through and Decode). It can play all your usual downloaded files including RMVB (up to 720p), MKV (with subtitles) and Blu-ray ISOs.
ASUS also created an iPhone App so you can control the O!Play HD2 with your iPhone in case you’re not within the line of sight of the player.
The only drawback I find here is the lack of WiFi support unlike their O!Play Air which in turn doesn’t have the support for internal storage. You need to think of positioning and cabling if you want to integrate this in your home network.
The ASUS O!Play HD2 retails at Php7,500 which I think is just right considering the support you would get from ASUS which a media player really needs in case new codecs pop up.