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Playing media from the USB 2.0 slot on the ASUS O!Play BDS-700 couldn’t be simpler. Just slot the media into the back of the device and watch as it appears under the Video icon on the Home screen. If you’ve set up your network, then you’ll be able to switch between DLNA and the removable disk.

Click on the Removable Disk option and you’ll be taken through to the folder menu where all items loaded onto the device will appear. A preview of the items will appear in the box on the right. Select the media you want and press OK.

I had a movie loaded up (entirely legally) onto my USB 2.0 drive so I went straight in. I was impressed. There is no stuttering or image loss that would cause you pause or make you feel like you were watching an ancient grainy movie, and there are no issues with the speed either.

The movie played seamlessly with sound matching video in terms of quality. There is a minimal loss compared to the movie on the original disc with a slightly darker sheen to the USB played movie. It isn’t poor and wouldn’t affect your enjoyment of the media at all.

Overall I was impressed with the fact that this played perfectly. I had no issues with video and sound, and definitely not a judder or a shake as it played directly from the device plugged into the BDS-700.

The remote controls that you use to navigate DVDs apply here as well, so moving through play, pause and forward are the same and intuitive.  I was impressed. I hadn’t expected this level of quality at all and I did have a sneaky suspicion that it wouldn’t be that easy to get it started or setup. But plug and play it is.

When you’ve spent your day working like mad, the last thing you want to do is work on your media player and the ASUS O!Play delivered like a champion.

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