HD media players have sprung out of every rabbit hole in wonderland, the concept has proliferated faster than you can imagine. It’s a great concept no doubt, who needs those bulky old DVD players anyways now that we have HDD form factors that play even our high def 1080p video files? But all of them don’t play these files alike, and that’s where we come in to separate the quality out, and today we have Asus latest offering up for examination. It’s called the O! Play Unlimited, and going by the fact that its parent brand has impressed us in many ways previously, let’s not waste any more time in checking this one out.

The device is typical in that it resembles uncannily a 1 TB Hard disk these days, but functionally it has no storage. You have to connect your own storage to it. The top and bottom edges are matte finished, with 3 of the 4 sides covered by a glossy black strip. The lone backside is again matte, and has the connections located therein. The features of this player are quite good, besides the regular connectors of USB 2.0 we also have eSATA, which is MUCH faster than the former. There is also Memory card reader support.

Beside playing off storage this unit has other capabilities, and those have to do with a certain something called the internet. Besides playing HD files off a remote storage with Wi-Fi (upto Wi-Fi ‘n’), this unit also connects to the world wide web and accesses the Youtube, NBC, Fox sports, PICASA, Flickrs of the world. Not only that it also syncs to Internet radio stations, loads of them (according to the specs).

One of the most important things in this category of products is file format compatibility. The more the merrier, for sure; Asus sure gets this, and have tried to incorporate lots of audio video formats dear to our hearts. Check specs