Hi Guys, I recently purchased one of these (Friday morning 11th Sept 2009) and had it delivered (Free) via the website http://www.mede8er.co.za
It arrived 1st thing Monday morning as promised and I eagerly opened the precious cargo to reveal a great looking product. You can view the pics of the "Unpacking" here:
I didn't install a drive into the unit, but used my 1.5Tb external drive and connected it to the Mede8er via its USB port. It picked it all up no problems and when I later on decided to "hot plug" a 2nd external drive via the second USB port it picked that up too.
Plugged it in and started it up. Setup was really simple. All we needed to do was to set the video output (HDMI/TV system) to 1080p and that was it.
The menu system of the Mede8er is impressive and what I really liked was the fast forward (FFWD) process, it toggles to x2, x4, x8, x16, x32 extremely smoothly and flips back into play mode as easily. You actually watch it FFWD in real time frame by frame, no blocky jumps. The slow frame feature offered the same performance. Toggles in steps of 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 speeds and provides a frame by frame toggle as well. The 3/4 and 1/2 speeds not only slowed video but amusingly enough slowed the audio too.
When browsing your folders and begin to select media, a preview is shown on the right of the highlighted media file. If you have a jpeg in a folder and you select that folder, that jpeg is shown on the right with some additional file info. Great for browsing through a movie collection.
We tested the video playback using varying formats which it handled with no problems at all. *.MVK *.Mp4 *.Avi *.Divx *.Vob It played back standard definition, 720p and even 1080p content with no frame skipping, nothing. A smooth HD experience all around.
We then connected the Medi8er to the internet via its LAN port and selected its Internet Radio option. It downloaded the available channels and played them with ease. Once we had selected one of the channels, we were presented with a list of URL's which was a little unexpected, but once we selected one of the available URLs it offered, we heard U2 belting out the speakers. We then selected a few *.Mp3 files and the MP3 playback was good.
Next we wanted to test the UPNP function. We had setup earlier that morning a UPNP server on our network. The Mede8er found it immediately and we could browse through its folders and contents as though it was browsing an internal file system.
Well done to the guys at Sanji, nice to have a local product with a 2 year warranty, 24/72 hr Shipping and a 30 day Money back Guarantee. Well Done!
A few things I will try tomorrow, is to add a hard drive to the unit and format it via the Mede8er, I see the website recommends this as you gain additional functionality (?)
I will add my NAS to the network and enable the NAS option on the Mede8er and see how it handles that.
So all in all based on limited testing and initial impressions I would strongly recommend this product.
I considered Deleting this post but then I figured I wouldn't just to satisfy 1 naysayer.
Tired of accusations suggesting I work for Sanji / some Mede8er sales office.
I just wanted to contribute to the community and provide some of my honest feed back. Seems this community is too busy looking for the flaws and negative aspects of a post to see a simple contribution.