"Excellent Gadget to play HD media files/Audio/Photos"4.5 starson by Athiappan
Pros: 1) Easy setup and play
2) Since there is no built in drive, no fear of becoming obsolete in storage
3) Plays most formats -audio, video and photo with very good quality
4) Compact in size
5) WORTH the Money spent
Cons: 1) No proper product promotion and manual
2) Does not use the playlist in HD recorded movies. Each movie clip need to be played separately.
3) The unit I brought required firmware upgrade to play ".mts" files (the file format in AVCHD cameras).
Summary: It is a useful HD media player especially when there are very limited players available in the market to play HD clips (I think IOmega Screenplay PRO HD is the other available one). I have a HD TV and HD camera. Always the camera need to be connected and the files are to be copied to camera SD to playback and it is a hassle.
Even though i could not confirm about its capability to play .mts files before buying (Neither the product box nor the WD web page does not list this format), it did with some initial hitch. I had to rename the .mts files to .m2ts files (!!!). Later i upgraded the firmware and it worked without problem.
Then I had to struggle with remote to play each HD clip separately ( 1 or 2 min duration each). I got a solution. The .mts files can be combined using a free software Tsmuxer (try http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/tsMuxeR-Download-92743.html)
AND NOW I have an excellent device to playback the HD clips. In addition you can use your HD TV to play back high res. photos. Hence, it makes the HD camera, digital still camera and your mp3 collections more useful and meaningful (Enjoy.!!!) at relatively low cost (around US$120/- in middle east) when compared to the HD gadgets (I mentioned earlier) we possess.