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ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 1080p HD Media Player W/ Network

  • 1080p video play
  • MS/SD/MMC/CF/USB Reader
  • HDMI/YPbPr/OPTICAL/LAN
  • USB2.0 *1
  • eSATA/USB2.0 combo port *1
  • Card readers (CF, SD+MMC, MS+MS Duo)
  • RJ-45 LAN port *1
  • DC Power In
  • Remote Included
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Entertainment aficionados can enjoy extreme multimedia fun in the comfort of their homes with the Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 HD media player—an innovative home theater device. Providing stunning 1080p high definition entertainment, the O!Play Air HDP-R3 HD media player supports a wide variety of media formats including MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, and the popular RM/RMVB. With the O!Play Air HDP-R3, you can watch movies or instantly share videos and photos with enhanced clarity.

A breakthrough for high definition media players, the Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 also offers a dedicated music shuffle button on its remote control for easy access to a goldmine of music files. You can randomly play music tracks from multiple storage devices without manually importing music files. The Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 eliminates the need to manually transfer multimedia data between multiple devices with its comprehensive LAN and 802.11n wireless support. Simply connect the Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 to your notebooks, PCs, or even Network Attached Storage (NAS) to effortlessly stream any multimedia data to a display device. Additionally, the Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 supports huge bandwidth traffic for seamless high definition image quality with virtually no delays. With its eSATA connectivity, up to six times faster transfer speeds compared to conventional USB 2.0 connections can be achieved.

  • newegg Compact Design About half the size of a traditional DVD player, the sleek, compact O!Play Air HDP-R3 HD Media Player is a perfect complement to any home theater system.
  • newegg Full HD 1080p-compatible HDMI Digital Output The incorporation of HDMI ensures seamless connectivity with top-end audio-visual equipment via a single cable. Simply connect the Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 via HDMI, and enjoy the stunning full HD 1080p video and superb surround sound — all in the comfort of your living room.
  • newegg Vast File Format Support The Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 supports an extremely wide range of file formats including MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1 and the popular RM/RMVB, so you don't have to worry about the compatibilities of file format.
  • newegg Exclusive eSATA and Advanced Network Support The eSATA interface provides up to 6 times faster transfer speeds as compared to USB 2.0, virtually eliminating any delays in delivering high definition entertainment. The Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 also features LAN and 802.11n wireless network support so you can easily access all the media files over your home network.
  • newegg Exclusive Music Shuffle Feature for One-touch Music Playback The Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 features a dedicated music shuffle button on the remote control. Just one touch from a distance, the Asus O!Play Air HDP-R3 collates all the music files in storage and starts playing the music in random order.

Learn more about the ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
O!Play Air HDP-R3

General

Type
Media Player
Remote Control
Remote Included

Features

Features
Full HD 1080p and Full Format Support (including RMVB)
Easy Wireless File Sharing
Complete Card Reader Support
O!Photo Picture Manager
Music Shuffle at Finger Tips
SATA& Advanced LAN Support

Specifications

Video Format
MPEG1/2/4, RM/RMVB, VC-1, H.264
Supported Video file extension: mp4, .mov, .xvid, .avi, .asf, .wmv, .mkv, .rm, .rmvb, .flv, .ts, .m2ts, .dat, .mpg, .vob
Audio
MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, AIFF, Dolby Digital AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Digital Surround
Image Format
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Ports In
USB2.0 *1
eSATA/USB2.0 combo port *1
Card readers (CF, SD+MMC, MS+MS Duo)
RJ-45 LAN port *1
DC Power In
Ports Out
HDMI 1.3
Composite Audio/Video
Optical Digital Audio
Specifications
Supported sub-title formats: SRT, SUB, SMI, SSA
Wireless Protocol: 802.11n Wireless Networking
Dimensions: 7.13"W x 4.93"H x 1.88"D
Power Source: 12VDC, 2A
Power Consumption: <10W
Operating Temperature: 5°C(41°F)~35°C(95°F)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • RAJMUND R.
  • 7/1/2011 9:09:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFirst "fast" player ever!

Pros: This is the one! Decent player done right. It does play movies instantly and what's more important it does react instantly to skip, advance, switch to next movie, fast forward. I have never seen player capable of that. I own 4 years old MVIX 780HD and it is thinking 10-20 seconds before changing a movie and 5-10 seconds between skip/rewind/FF using internal hard drive! The image quality is superb also. Right before playing a movie it does display the bandwidth when using Wi-Fi or RJ-45. It's nice. Thanks to this I discovered file sharing does not work properly on Windows 7 64-bit (mobo EVGA nForce 680i SLI). It gave 500-1600 KBit which resulted in jerky and unstable playback and slow response. I suspected it when seen Win 7 operated at 100 Mbps with my gigabit router, but 1000 capable nVidia jack. Went back to Win XP 64-bit and connection to router is 1000 MBps and ASUS reports 34000-46000 KBit which is enough for HD movies. No problems.

Cons: Remote is a toy for kids. Design and placement of certain functions is ironic. Many times I press next movie instead of FF. Lack of some standard buttons like A/B repeat others have. Remote must exactly point to the device to work, no "wide angle" operation. At least MVIX had done it much better. Lack of "go to exact minute" function older ones had. I will probably return it and exchange to HDP-R2 (the version with drive bay) as the remote looks like the one it's supposed to have (and similar to MVIX :) Network jack is only 100 MBps. Even old MVIX had 1000 I believe. The menu is not that great, liked WD-TV Live menu better. Lack of picture panning which again WD-TV has. You know what? After trying bunch of them looks like these all are based on the same Linux flavor, but simply customized by manufacturers. Options and layouts are almost same. Some just have done a better job in this. I recommend they improve the menu layout soon and add "seek to" function menu while playing.

Other Thoughts: I'm interested only in consuming it through either eSATA/USB or 100 MBps network jack. I didn't test wireless and I don't care how it performs. I tested it by connecting Cat 5e network cable directly to my spare computer's RJ-45 (nVidia nForce). So, not having dedicated NAS solution the load of my machine itself (and ordinary Seagate SATA drive inside) also been a factor for possibly lowering available bandwidth.
Check your Windows/comp and router/file sharing speed first before complaining!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/10/2011 12:31:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Device

Pros: This device has meet and in some cases exceeded my expectations, I've purchased other media input devices prior that have fallen short by not recognizing the file extensions.

Cons: Price is still relatively high

Other Thoughts: Well worth the investment

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/3/2011 7:15:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Problems Here

Pros: Plays all the files that I throw at it. Ease of menu use. handles xvid format well. It does what it says on the box. HDMI hookup was a snap to my Toshiba HDTV (the TV model I have gets fussy with some HDMI devices, but not this)

Cons: No DVD menu return button on the remote. No playlist setup or shuffle feature that I have seen. Empisizes the limitations of MKV's if there were some source imperfections during encoding. i.e. grainy portions stick out like a sore thumb. (The same MKV sent from my HDMI video card on my PC to my TV is less grainy)

Other Thoughts: I like the unit and it does just what I wanted it to do.

I mainly use this unit with a 2 TB external drive connected USB with the latest firmware installed.
I have NOT tried the wireless feature.
I have used the wired LAN feature and had no problems.
I have NO problems with the remote as others HAVE reported.
I have NOT used the mp3 feature as of yet as I am using this unit strictly for movies.

The latest firmware update improved FF & Rewind speeds on movie files from 2x max to 32x max.

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  • Zheng Z.
  • 3/5/2011 3:18:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSoftware and firmware are not polished

Pros: Can play almost everything except for APE. Online media streaming works for most of the built-in channels.

Cons: Software (the one on the CD) and the firmware are way too unprofessional. The remote only works when it points exactly to the device, and the firmware responds with a noticeable delay. Even when you turn off the device, it takes quite a few seconds to shutdown (LED from blue to red), any first time user will believe there's something wrong with the device.

There's no way, at least I haven't figure out, to delete a favorite item in the online video streaming.... Just cannot believe it.

Other Thoughts: I bought the LAN version (HDP-R1) before buying this one, so I totally aware of the problems, as they share most of the functionalities and the code.

Have to buy again because this is the only device that works with RMVB format and so many types of subtitle formats / codepages.

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  • Ethan S.
  • 2/7/2011 4:17:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Media PC replacement

Pros: Small and neat-looking. Beats the heck out of the Media Center PC I had hooked up to my television.
Built in wireless is super handy.
The menu is simple. No bells and whistles, which is perfect because too much in this case would be...too much.
You don't have to be tech savvy to hook this thing up, either.

Cons: Netflix would be awesome.
Rewind is really slow for some reason. It could be due to the speed of my external drive.
When you're purchasing external storage to go along with this unit, spring for the faster eSATA.

Other Thoughts: You owe it to yourself to buy one of these.

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  • Ryan I.
  • 12/13/2010 3:58:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks in a pinch

Pros: The unit plays pretty much any media I can throw at it. It's a small, relatively cheap alternative to an HTPC if you want to stream video files to your television.

I was having issues getting it to load network shares on my Apple hardware until I turned SMB sharing on. After that it worked well.

Loads NTFS formatted HDDs + Flash Drives well. I was able to watch a 720p mkv file off of a really cheap 4gb usb flash drive with no glitches or skipping.

Cons: It accomplishes what it needs to at a cheap price, unfortunately the physical and on screen interface needs a lot of work.

The interface is simple, but not in an elegant way. For example, The OSD displays a network throughput test whenever you play a file; wouldn't something like file metadata or total duration be more useful?

The remote is sort of unresponsive and just barely passable. The fast forward/rewind are located just above the next/previous video buttons while the skip forward/backward 10 min buttons are halfway down the remote. I often find myself skipping to the next file on the list instead of fast forwarding 10 minutes.

The network interface is 10/100 instead of gigabit, though it hasn't been a problem.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a decent, cheap alternative to buying an HTPC. It recognizes SMB shares well and the ability to plug in HDDs and flash drives is great.

I haven't used the wireless interface much so keep that in mind when reading this review.

A few interface adjustments could go a very long way. If Asus is as relaxed with the firmware on its media players as it is with its routers this could up my rating by a full star.

Unfortunately the shoddy remote, UI, and the 10/100 ethernet are here to stay.

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  • Chung T.
  • 12/9/2010 7:41:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPlay blu-ray folder or iso in a useless manner

Pros: Play dvd folder or iso in good shape.

Cons: If you buy the O!Play Air HDP-R3 in order to play blu-ray folder or iso, you will be disappointed since it only plays in a limited, useless manner. I have used vlc to play the same blu-ray folder without any problem. The problem has been posted on the ASUS forum but no reply so far. Also HDMI 1080p image is only at acceptable level not really in high-quality.

Other Thoughts: I would like to return it for refund but this purchase is for replacement only.

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  • Charles J.
  • 11/29/2010 9:45:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsPeeps - You Need the Firmware Update

Pros: This thing has played every type of file I have thrown at it.

WiFi works. Network works. Streams most movies off the network wired or wirelessly.

Cons: Firmware upgrade was needed. Please look into firmware upgrade on your player before you write a review. If you don't upgrade firmware, then don't be surprised if some of the more obscure video formats don't work.

Have to manually hook up wifi settings on network every time I turn it on and want to use wifi.

Other Thoughts: Good little unit. Would like to see one of these devices with an Internet Browser that runs Adobe Flash Video. With all the browsers out there (Opera, Chromium, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) you would think you could find one that would run with Flash on these devices.

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  • Karen S.
  • 7/19/2010 6:47:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty decent box

Pros: It will play everything. So far every codec I have thrown at it works. It will even play direct from .iso files. Plugged a 2.5 500GB USB drive into it will a ton of media files and it works very well.

Cons: GUI is lacking a bit. Not very fancy. Seems a little dated. Could have better internet streaming. May need to wait for the Boxee box in November. Wish it streamed Netifliix

Other Thoughts: Very versatile box to play media files. If you don't have intentions of streaming internet shows or Netflix this is by far the best one out.

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  • alexis a.
  • 6/6/2010 2:32:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: did a lot of searching and review surfing and chose this one over the wd media player because of ease of use and other user ratings. great movie display. currently attached to tv for media use.

Cons: none yet.

Other Thoughts: when coding out movies try to do so at the highest quality setting possible in order to avoid pixelation. some encoding programs take a while but well worth it in the long run. Video quality is clearer throught the use of hdmi cable. Also verify that the hdmi cable is capable of 1080p; the reason for this is that not all hdmi cables can provide such video; different manufacturers sell both low and high quality cables at cheap prices. check the specs before buying. pretty much you get what you pay for.

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