So, it is true. Blu-ray is dead! So small yet capable to play 1080P.
OK, that maybe a little too soon and a little too harsh. But devices like these are like asteroids about to push the dinosaurs toward extinction. Blu-ray might be shaking now. Just recently, it was still celebrating its costly victory from HD-DVD as the winner between the two hi-def formats. HD-DVD might be saying now, ha-ha, you too...and join the party.
I like gadgets, I always have something that I call my new toy. But this is similar to the feeling the time I got my first computer, or the first time I got an iPod. A deja vu, once again I am very excited. With how much the prices of USB external hard drives has fallen, you can now buy a terabyte for a hundred bucks. It is so tiny, it can fit on the palm of your hand. This thing can take 2 external drives at the same time. It can play music, it can play slideshow of family photos, ...but where it really excel is playing movies. Powerful enough to play 1080P high definition movies which even my HD TV can only play 1080i the most. I love this thing so much that I am ready to marry it. You can even stick a keychain pen drive, or an SD card, or any memory with a supplied adapter, and it will play as well. Plays almost anything you throw on it: MPEG 1/2/4, WMV9, AVI, Xvid, AVC, H.264, MKV, ISO, etc. So quiet, you don't hear it at all. We also bring it with us on long trips to watch movies in the car.
It is a very powerful but a very simple device. At the back, it has an HDMI connection where you get your Hi-def, a USB, an optical for digital audio, the familiar red, white and yellow cable connection for older TVs, and another USB on the side.
YouTube now has tons of Hi Def movie trailers that is gorgeous to watch on a big LCD screen. All you need to do is install Greasemonkey on your Firefox browser and look for scripts to download videos on YouTube. They also have lots of HD documentary materials. You can also back-up movies you own and manage all of them in one central location. Even it is not hi-def, it upconverts lower res content to a much better resolution. I also have a separate folder for all the home videos that I want to preserve forever. I used to burn them to DVDs but now some of them skips or ends up coasters as the kids scratches them or the dye on the discs don't last very long.
Western Digital also releases better firmware from time tor time to enhance its capability aside from fixing the early bugs.
The box does not provide you an HDMI cable or an Optical cable. It comes with a tiny remote, and the red, white and yellow cable. The remote on the other hand is the only way to control it so make sure not to lose it; which I am sure won't happen anyway (... and I repeat, which I am sure won't happen anyway) . If the dog on the other hand decided to treat it as a fetch toy, the remote is available on their website for 14$.