The big screen view of the ASUS O!Play BDS-700 media player

November 30th, 2011 in .Home Entertainment & HTPC .Products
Mrs Mario
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I’ve unboxed, eyeballed, played and poked at the ASUS O!Play BDS-700 media player and so far it has stood up well under scrutiny. Only two small things have been flagged – the auto detect on an old HDTV will see you using composite to find 720p, and the remote is not quite as responsive as I would like, but it is a fair compromise against the cost of batteries.

Next up is the main menu screen, the place where you will spend a considerable amount of time as you flip from Blu-ray to DVD to media to photos and music. When you insert a Blu-ray or DVD, the ASUS O!Play BDS-700 will automatically detect it and ask you if you would like to play. If you are returning to a movie or TV series, select the media icon and it will ask you if you would like to return to the last saved point.

Now, I appreciated that feature even though I know it is not unique to the BDS-700. However, there are enough models out there that don’t include it, and having to painstakingly inch through scenes or copyright warnings every time you want to resume a show is beyond tedious.

Next up is the video icon, this is where you will find all the video files from an external storage device. I’ll be taking the O!Play BDS-700 into our network and testing how well it sets up and plays different formats  in my next post.

The photo icon gives you access to image files on an external device such as a DLNA server, external storage or a data disc. What I am rather looking forward to is the fact that I can use this feature to browse through photographs on a big screen and I want to test whether or not it will play the photographs as a slideshow, without my having to use the remote and do it manually.

O!Play Blu-ray Player BDS-700

Finally we have the music icon that shows all of the music you have from, you guessed it, an external storage device.

As you can see the main menu is simple and easy to use. No quibble, no fancy marketing terms and no strange and unexplained left turns. It’s a wysiwyg screen and I love it. In fact, I find it rather relaxing. sometimes it’s so nice to have everything neatly laid out and obvious.

I also went to page 37 of the included manual to see what files were supported as the instructions make it very clear that there are some limitations. There are nearly five pages of formats supported by the system with their limitations clearly outlined. I won’t go into it here but I think that the ASUS O!Play BDS-700 has pretty much got everything covered.

What do you think so far? What would you like to see me do with the ASUS O!Play BDS-700 media player?

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  • Kristian Poulsen

    Media streaming 
    How well does it play media (music and movies) from a network share?
    iPhone/android app. Can I see covers? playlists?

    And when you are done, send it to me :-)

  • Sunny

    Where can you buy this online?

  • Ove Andersen

    Here’s a few questions I would like to hear more about:

    1: How long does it take for the unit to boot (time taken from power-on till ready-to-use)?
    2: Is it possible (and easy?) to play audio CDs without turning on the TV? How well does it work without the TV turned on?


  • Anonymous

    Will it recognise BD or DVD folders?
    Does it play well AVCHD 2.0 (1080 50(60)p)?
    Does it recogise FLAC with .cue file?

  • Anonymous

    Answers from the BD-700 team:
    1. About 25~30sec.
    2. It is possible!

    i. turn on the
    player and put the audio CD in.

    ii. wait until
    the disc icon on the VFD lights up.

    iii. press the
    play key on the front panel or remote controller. Music starts to play!

  • Anonymous

    Answers from the BD-700 team:
    Will it
    recognise BD or DVD folders?

    Ans: Yes
    Does it play
    well AVCHD 2.0 (1080 50(60)p)?

    Ans: BDS-700/500 got AVCHD 1.0 certification. We are applying
    AVCHD 2.0 logo now.

    AVCHD 1808/60p contents play well on our machine in our
    internal test. But we still cannot guarantee for that until we get formal AVCHD
    2.0 certification.Does it
    recogise FLAC with .cue file?

    Ans: No sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Answer from the BD-700 team:
    Ans: BDS-700/500 can play media stored on DLNA server under the
    same local network. Covers are shown on the screen while playing music files, but
    playlist and iPhone/android app are not supported currently.

  • Shawn Allin

    Will the unit upscale media files?  I’ve ripped my DVDs to .iso files on a NAS and would like them to upconvert like a regular DVD.