We were pleasantly surprised not only to find an onscreen user interface, but to find one that looks so fresh and attractive. There are high-end Blu-ray players with GUIs that don’t look half as good as this – hats off to RealTek.
The Home menu’s scrolling row of icons, crisp HD graphics and eye-catching colours are a treat, and more importantly they make it easy to find your content. It’s logically split into Movies, Music and Photo, alongside Setup and File Manager options.
The Movies menu uses thumbnails for each video, and during playback the Options button offers quick access to key functions, including the video adjustments (brightness, contrast, saturation and hue). Pressing Info shows you stuff like video format, resolution and bitrate.
Also cool is the Home menu banner that pops up at the bottom of the screen during playback, so you don’t lose your place in the movie. The Music playback display shows all the pertinent info along with any album art.
The Setup and File Manager menus follow the flashy design of the other menus – the latter also shows thumbnails and presents the various editing options in clear dialogue boxes.
Sadly the only aspect of the MediaMatchBox that rankles is the thing you’ll use the most – the remote. It’s been switched from the chunky-buttoned affair of the PicoHD5.1 to one of those slimmer credit card style zappers with awkward blister buttons.
What makes it worse is that the unit’s remote sensor doesn’t always register button presses – we frequently found ourselves pressing them really hard to make sure.
Also weird is that at one point the unit suddenly stopped displaying any files on our USB drive within the individual Movie and Music menus, yet they were all listed together in the File Manager menu.