Asus O!Play HD2

The Good Plays EVERYTHING;. Sensibly priced.

The Bad Looks fairly horrific;. menus aren't the simplest to use.

The Bottom Line The Asus O!Play HD2 looks just like its name suggests -- a right mess. Aesthetics aside, this is a serious media streamer for enthusiasts, and it does its job extremely well.

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall

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Review

Asus O!Play HD2

Asus is well known for making computer components that are popular with enthusiasts, but aren't especially user-friendly. The company seems to focus on making things do awesome stuff, at the cost of exterior styling.

The Asus O!Play HD2 costs around £110, which is a very low price for a media player with such advanced features. So, what's the catch?

Looks and feels quite cheap

When it comes to styling, we don't quite know how to react to the Asus. It feels like quite a cheap device, made out of some fairly uninspiring plastic. On the front, there are several sockets for various types of memory card, as well as an eSATA socket for connecting high-speed drives. All of that provides a good deal of useful functionality, but it's also bloody ugly.

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