D-Link DSM-320RD review: D-Link DSM-320RD Wireless Media Player

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Simple setup routine. Embedded DVD player.

The Bad May not fit in some more slender cabinets.. No HDMI/DVI.

The Bottom Line The DSM-320RD is a simple media streamer that's definitely a touch dated, but worthwhile if your needs are only very modest -- or if you need a spare DVD player.

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Design
There's no doubting where the design aesthetic for the DSM-320RD came from; in all but name, this is a DVD player that also happens to double as a home media hub. As such, it's quite a large media hub unit, or to be more accurate, it's really a very long unit. It measures in at a whopping 425.45 x 285.75 x 38.1mm, much wider than just about any other media streamer we've seen. In a room with a PS3, an Xbox 360 and several other PVRs and set top boxes, the DSM-320RD managed to stand out by being wider than all of them -- and in the case of some of the media hubs, several of them combined.

Features
As a home media hub, it's hard not to view the DSM-320RD as being a little underpowered. Wireless is supported -- but only up to 802.11g, useless for HD video, and shaky even for SD stuff. Likewise, video connectivity tops out at component; there's no HDMI or DVI option to be seen here. Finally, file type support is at what we'd consider to be an absolute rock bottom when it comes to working like a modern media hub, with support for basic stuff like WMV and XviD, but nothing for streaming ISOs or MKV files.

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Where to Buy

D-Link DSM-320RD

Part Number: CNETD-Link DSM-320RD

Typical Price: $450.00

See manufacturer website for availability.