Asus O!Play HDP-R1 HD Media Player - Asus O!Play HDP-R1

By Edward Chester



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Back to the menu system and there are three basic routes to your media; photos, music, and videos. Each option opens up the same folder-driven interface, whereby you're given a choice of either a storage or network device and you browse the devices just as though they were folders on your computer. There's no scanning of your media and creation of a media library as you get in iTunes or the like - you just trudge through the folders until you get to the files you need. When files are sorted into Photos, Music, and Videos, unrelated file types are simply hidden from view so if you have a folder containing multiple file types and browse it through Videos it will only show video files; through Music, only music files, etc.

Asus O!Play HDP-R1 HD menu 2

It's all pretty basic and it can take a while to get to the folder/file you want if it's buried deep in a folder tree. However, assuming you keep your files reasonably organised it is a simple and intuitive system to get around, which is more than can be said of some seemingly more sophisticated interfaces on other devices.

One particularly useful addition, courtesy of the network connection, is the ability to copy files between USB/eSATA devices and network locations. This makes it possible to swap and share files without the need to start up a computer. Transfer speeds are also pretty decent with it taking 35 seconds to transfer a 108MB video file from our USB drive to a folder on our NAS box.

Asus O!Play HDP-R1 HD remote

When browsing video and photo files, previews appear in the right panel, which is quite useful though we would prefer a proper thumbnail view instead. Also, this preview mode suffers in the same way that the Seagate FreeAgent Theater did: you must wait until the preview has finished loading until you can actually tell the player to play it. The wait is only a second or two but it's enough to be mildly frustrating at times.

Asus O!Play HDP-R1 HD menu 3

Other features include the ability to zoom up to x16 into video and photos and pan around them. There's also support for multiple audio tracks and subtitles for those video formats that support it. Repeat and shuffle functions are available for music, and like the other features just mentioned, there are dedicated buttons on the remote to control this. Indeed, the clear plastic shuffle button is the most prominent button on the whole remote.

Asus O!Play HDP-R1 HD box

Finally we come to how the HDP-R1 actually performs when it's playing all your precious multimedia and in this respect we can find no fault whatsoever. All the major video file formats are supported including mkv and rmvb and resolutions of up to 1080p are all playable. Playback is smooth and loading times are near instantaneous. Likewise music and image format support is also up there with the best (for a full list, see the next page).

There is little in the way of extra video processing going on, like that found on high-end AV equipment, but assuming you use the digital connections you can always rely on your TV's and/or AV receiver's processing to do its best with the digital signal.


The Asus O!Play HDP-R1 is in many ways a fairly uninspiring HD media player; its interface is very stark, the device itself and the remote are hardly works of art, and there's no support for more sophisticated network functions like reading iTunes servers etc. However, if all you want is a cheap media player for browsing your network folders and playing just about any file you throw at it then we have no problem recommending the HDP-R1.


August 8, 2009, 2:49 am

You need to review this...


August 9, 2009, 6:35 am

Why is xtreamer spamming every website and comment forum. Its kind of a loser move. Who would trust a product like that?

Aslo this article is misleading in the first page by saying the popcorn hour has internal storage. It doesnt - all of them come with no internal storage. It has the OPTION for you to install internal storage but doesnt require it.

wicker man

August 9, 2009, 5:29 pm

Looks good, can it support Apple Lossless files, and DTS/Dolby Digital audio tracks in movies or DVD rips (TS folder)?

Also, can a HFS formatted hard drive be connected, and are there any problems streaming movies stored on a Mac?


August 9, 2009, 7:42 pm


I'm nothing to do with xtreamer, just someone interested in the product, who would like to see trustedreviews review it. Though of course you won't believe me...


August 9, 2009, 10:51 pm


There appears to be enough personal tales of woe on the xstreamer forum to tell you all you need to know about that product!

I'm eagerly awaiting the UK availability of the Asus O!Play - the backing of a big name hopefully meaning the product will get the in life support it inevitably will require. I already have a WDTV which is excellent, but there is definately a bonus to having network support to move files around.


August 10, 2009, 2:21 am

@Kanu: Fair point - I think one of my colleagues has edited the paragraph you refer to making this clearer. I would add that my point was that the Popcorn Hour has a lot more functionality but you pay for this, the O!Play adds some network abilities for very little cost - this holds up whether it has internal storage or not.

I'll look into reviewing the Xtreamer but there doesn't seem to be any UK suppliers so it may prove difficult. We'll see.

@speedyuk: The O!Play is available in the UK. Scan has it in stock - follow the supplier link in the review.

Tony Walker

August 10, 2009, 6:19 am


It has been on pre-order for a while. Their website states "Item overdue since 30 July 2009."


August 10, 2009, 1:53 pm

Right you are Tony, my mistake. I've just spoken to the Asus PR and apparently stock should be arriving this Friday.


August 10, 2009, 3:07 pm

Pleas note, the format support list has now been updated to the latest version.

wicker man

August 10, 2009, 9:37 pm

Ah excellent, DTS/DD support, thanks for the update. I suppose Apple Lossless isn't that important, it would be mainly for movies. Just need to find some reports from Mac users now.

Luan Bach

August 11, 2009, 4:00 am

@wicker_man, I think DTS is pass through which mean that it won't down mix and you will need a DTS decoder.

wicker man

August 11, 2009, 10:28 pm

That's cool, my AV receiver decodes Dolby Digital & DTS so that should be fine. It's just those pesky 5.1 AAC soundtracks which need decoding first (currently I use Plex to watch movies with AAC on my Mac.)


August 12, 2009, 5:05 pm

Can you delete files over a network with this device? When I used XBMC I could do that and its handy to delete a TV show once you've watched it.

Also when is this in stock. I see Scan supplied the review version but Scan status merely shows "Overdue since 30/7/09" for stock. Might actually want to BUY the thing!! C'mon Asus.. get them out there!


October 30, 2009, 3:18 pm

Excuse my ignorance but will this upscale SD content to HD as the newer dvd players will?

Henk van Dijk

March 2, 2010, 10:46 pm

I am trying for a long time to share a computer with windows 7 with O!Play mediastreamer.

I faund the solution with this link: http://downloads.eminent-on....

It is from another brand but it works


September 5, 2010, 8:02 pm

Shame it doesn't have a version that does Wireless g/N and it needs to support analogue RGB output as well. Some of us in the UK still own their high quality non-HDMI TVs...

Cees Matthijs

June 1, 2013, 1:59 am

With regards to 'Preview load lag time': I've been using the O!Play since December '08, initially with a simple
USB2 hub, but 3 TB drives proved a bit too much to handle for the hub, ergo slow response times. Once I installed my USB3 hub (connecting my 3 hard drives), I found the issue to be a non-issue.; response times have halved, if not better..

I also use the box as a replacement for radio, and watching the Dutch news every now and again. We have to stay in touch with the Motherland, right?

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