MissingRemote has another Media Player Review up – this time the ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 Media Player. It sells for $99 and has a lot going for it. The non-extender, Media Player market is pretty competitive though so I wonder how many of these can survive in today’s tough economic environment without some sort of edge – like extender capabilities for instance.
Mike Garcen at MissingRemote has this to say about the ASUS:
After living with both the Patriot Box Office and this ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 media players, it has proven difficult to choose a clear winner. I have centralized storage with torrent support in my Windows Home Server, so the inclusion of hard drive support and extras would be of no use to justify the extra $30 Patriot asks for its device. As the two compete features via firmware updates, I would imagine they would stay on par with each other as well, making the ASUS' sub-$100 MSRP a frontrunner.
The ASUS O!Play - TV HD Media Player is $99 at Amazon (affiliate) with Free Shipping