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ViewSonic VMP30 Digital Media Player - ViewSonic VMP30 Digital Media Player

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



Our Score:


Unfortunately the VMP30's remote is a bit of a mixed bag. On the positives side it's constructed using fairly solid matte black plastic and is reasonably comfortable. Button layout is logical with clear labels and while not backlit, the main navigation buttons glow in the dark, which is a useful and unusual addition.

On the negatives side, the remote inexplicably eschews the 'back' button found on the main unit, making navigation more tiresome than it needs to be. We also can't help but wish the remote used AA or AAA batteries (allowing you to use rechargeable ones), rather than a CR2025 cell battery.

Getting back to the media player itself, a clear and comprehensive colour Quick Start Guide includes all the basic information you could want, including how to set the device up, supported formats and ViewSonic's contact details, though the digital user guide is not online yet.

Time to check out what's most important though: how it performs. First off the visual interface is nicer than most - at least aesthetically. Underneath the polish hides a similarly-clunky interface as found on the Emtec Movie Cube or any of a dozen other examples. Though it's slightly more intuitive thanks to its simple, logical layout, it simply can't match up to the smooth experience offered by Western Digital's WD TV and the like due to its lack of indexing into a local library. Instead you must select media by the usual Photo, Music and Movie categories.

There's also a fourth category marked Text. ViewSonic's media player is the first we've come across that will display any document with the extension '.txt' as black letters against a blue background. However, the usefulness of this feature is debatable. Last on the list is Settings, which is so simple that the VMP30 is a doddle to set up.


October 1, 2009, 4:31 am

The first page of the review read like a dream :(. I couldn't believe the sudden sense of disappointment on Page3. And the fact the unit has "1080p" boasted on the top just makes it worse. It lied to us! How could it do that?! *sob*


October 1, 2009, 4:37 pm

hmm that dosent sound right 20mbps..dont most h.264 use around 2mbps? with many blurays themselves coming in under 20?


October 2, 2009, 11:28 pm

@betelgeus: Most of the H.264 encoded Bluray discs that I watch seem to have an average bitrate around 19 Mbps and I frequently see them exceed 30 Mbps for rapidly changing scenes. Maximum bitrates are described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik....

However, I'm not sure many people have the disk space to rip all their Bluray discs at full bitrate so they would probably transcode them to something a lot lower and which the VMP30 could handle easily. Those that can afford the disk space are probably not in the market for a £60 media renderer.

Steve Patton

March 4, 2010, 12:54 pm

This is a terrible product It will play something one minute and then refuse the next Totally crashes which means you have to get up and reset. The remote will not work not worth the money Viewsonic should be ashamed!!!!!! Mine is getting returned today would rather play my movies on pc DO NOT BUY !!!!!!!!!


April 13, 2010, 4:11 pm

As already said, it's a lemon, bought mine for under thirty pounds and the remote didn't work, the replacement started playing some hd files and would then stop and move onto the next and would then do the same after a minute or two, files encoded at 720p 5mbps, nowhere near the suggested limit. Better to cough up the dosh and buy a good quality product.

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