Sumvision produces an assortment of different media players ranging from internet connected set-top boxes running Android to smaller, stand alone players such as this one, the Cyclone Micro 3.
Available for £44.99 from Advancedmp3players.co.uk, who supplied our sample, the Cyclone Micro 3, as you can probably guess from the name, is the third iteration of Sumvision's Micro player. The first model only offered standard definition playback, the second added 1080p support, while this model also supports 1080p videos, but adds 8GB of onboard storage into the mix.
This player really does live up to its 'micro' billing, because it's absolutely tiny. In fact, the main device is so small that you can easily fit it in a shirt or coat pocket. The top of the unit is curved slightly and the left and right edges are rounded to give it a more feminine shape. It's available in either black or white. We had the black one in for review and the matte finish does a good job of stopping the unit from showing up finger prints.
The front of the Micro 3 has an infrared window in the middle for picking up commands from the remote and this is flanked by a full-sized SD card slot on the right and a mini USB port on the left. Around the back you'll find the HDMI port, along with minijack digital audio and AV outputs and the power socket. That's your lot as far as connections go. This player doesn't have Ethernet or Wi-Fi, so you can’t hook it into your network. Instead it's designed to be used as a standalone player.
The Micro 3 comes with a USB to mini power plug lead. This plugs into a USB socket on the supplied power adapter or if your TV has a USB port you can use the lead to power the player from that port and dispense with the power adaptor altogether.
The mini USB port on the front allows you to connect the player to your PC or laptop to transfer files to its internal 8GB of memory. When you attach it to your computer it shows up as an external drive, so you can just drag and drop files on to it. This port can also be used to hook up hard drives or memory keys to the Micro 3, but to do this you need to use the short mini USB to full-sized host USB adaptor cable that's supplied in the box. This is a tad awkward and it would have been preferable to have a second full-sized host USB port so you didn’t have to use this adaptor cable at all. Also, it's a bit annoying that you can’t copy files directly from USB devices or SD cards to the player's internal memory – instead you always have to hook it up to a computer to copy files into this memory.
The Micro 3 uses the same remote as the previous model. The remote is relatively small measuring 12.5cm long and 5.3cm wide. It's quite thin too, at just 1cm. Thankfully, unlike the remotes that come with a lot of portable players it doesn't use membrane buttons, but instead has normal rubber ones. However, the remote is very directional and isn’t quite as responsive as it should be. As a result, you often find yourself having to move it around slightly to get a better line of sight to the player.
The remote's layout isn't the most logical, either. The play, stop and pause buttons are lined up on a row towards the top, while the fast forward, rewind and track skip buttons are positioned on the cursor pad towards the middle of the remote. It would have been more sensible for all the transport controls to be grouped together in one location.