At the heart of the MediaMatchBox is the RealTek RTD1055DD chipset, appearing on a media player for the first time. That, we’re told, gives it the greatest processing grunt of any media player in its category.
Digital media playback is this device’s raison d’être, so it’s no surprise to find a lengthy list of supported formats. From the popular to the downright geeky, there’s nothing this device won’t play. On the video side, it plays Blu-ray and DVD ISO, MKV, DivX (SD and HD), XviD, AVI, MPEG1/2/4, M2TS, AVCHD, WMV (SD and HD), FLV, TS, TP, MPG, MOV, VOB, RM, DAT and ASF with support for all types of subtitle formats.
Audio wise it plays MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M3U, APE and OGG Vorbis, while supported photo formats include JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG.
The USB port supports both flash drives and larger external hard-disk drives using the FAT, FAT32, NTFS, HFS and ext3 file systems. The card slot houses SD, SDHC and MMC.
Other features include music playlist creation, file editing capabilities (copy, paste, delete and move), Dynamic Range Compression for late-night listening and a range of video adjustments.
For £50 that’s a pretty tasty set of talents, although some may be put off by the lack of a built-in hard-disk or networking functionality – but those features would have sent the cost skyrocketing. As it stands you’ll have to load content onto USB storage devices and HDDs first, but that’s no great hardship.