Thursday, September 17, 2009

PopcornHour C200 Preview and First Look

It has arrived!  The new PopcornHour C200 has arrived for its review at GeekTonic and I have a few quick photos to share with you while you wait for the complete review:


This media player looks quite interesting.  It’s powerful, supports an extremely large number of video/audio formats and codes, has HDMI 1.3a support, support for an internal drive and a nice LCD screen on the front.  So as you can imagine I’ve been waiting for this thing anxiously for the past few weeks – and originally that’s when this review unit was supposed to arrive.  Unfortunately due to delays it arrive today – and I’m not at the GeekTonic home which makes the unboxing thing quite difficult.  Thankfully I found a substitute to take a few snapshots (sorry for the blurriness – Monday’s photos will be much more detailed and clear I promise).



The top of the C200 has the logo and name engraved in the metal.  The remote looks pretty decent with a good layout.PopcornHour C200 Top with Remote


Next is a shot of the front of the C200 shows the LCD (with protective plastic still in place).  You’ll see the power button on the far left with two USB ports right below that.  Then the LCD screen, a navigation “circle”, storage bay (hard drive or ROM fits in there) and finally the PCH logo at the lower right.

Popcorn Hour C200 Front


The rear of the unit shows the many ports as well as the fan grill.  HDMI, Component Video, S-Video, Composite, Stereo Analog Audio, SPDIF, Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio and even two more USB ports along with the power port.

Popcorn Hour C200 Rear


It’s definitely much larger than the old PopcornHour A-110.  This unit is closer to the size of a DVD player if not a bit bigger.

Included with the C200 are the following:

  • Power cord
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • RF Remote Control
  • RF Antenna
  • Screws for mounting optional drive

Full specs and more info can be found here

PopcornHour C200 Top

I’ll have more photos including the innards for you shortly.  I don’t take reviews like this one lightly so I’ll likely do it in two parts.  My first Impression early next week and then the complete review after using it for at least a week.  You just can’t get to know a device like this in a day or two.  It definitely has most of the right hardware.  Next we’ll have to see how it all performs and try out the usability.  Stay tuned for more!