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Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis


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Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3


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Review Price £44.99

The user interface on the Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3 has had a minor re-jig compared to that on the previous Micro players. It now shows background images on the various menu pages. However, the menu screens remain quite basic. The home screen simply has links to take you to the files on the internal storage, USB drives or the memory card slot, and beneath this there's a link to the set-up menu. In the set-up menu you can change stuff like the video output resolution or choose to have audio routed to the digital output for surround sound, instead of it just getting routed directly to your TV.

Selecting the internal storage, memory card or USB drive in the menu takes you to a file browser-type screen where you can choose the media that you want to play. You can sort your files by music, photos or movies using the dedicated buttons on the bottom of the remote, but these are really just file-type filters, that hide the other media types in the file list. Nevertheless, moving through large libraries of files on USB drives is still pretty quick as you can page up and down the file list using the track skip buttons.

Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

The big advantage of the Micro 3 over many of the other cheap players we've used is the sheer range of file types that it supports. On the picture side it can be used to view JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF files and for music it supports MP3, FLAC, WMA and OGG files. It's the video support that's most impressive, though. The long list of formats supported includes H.264, H.263, WMV, Xvid, RMVB, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MKV and MOV, and it'll play most of these at resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 at 30fps.

During our testing of the player, we chucked a large number of files at it in a variety of different formats and it managed to play every one of them without any problems. Video quality was also remarkably crisp and clean for such a budget machine. Also, unlike a lot of these cheaper players it can also downmix DTS and AC3 audio soundtracks to stereo and output them to your TV via either HDMI or its analogue audio outputs.

Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

The fast forward and rewind controls are also very responsive and you can skip through movies at speeds from x1.5 up to x32. Using the Goto button on the remote allows you to jump directly to a specific time in a video by typing in a time manually via the remote's keypad. Another neat feature is that if you're watching a video and stop before the end, when you load that video up again the player will remember where you left off and ask you whether you want to resume playback or instead start again from the beginning. Subtitles are also supported in SSA, SUB, SRT formats and you can change the size and colour of the subtitle to make them more legible on your telly.

Unfortunately, the music playing features are very limited. Basically, you can just select a file of folder of tunes that you want to play and that's it. It doesn’t sort tracks by artist or album name, and it also lacks any support for playlists or album art.

Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

The photo mode is a little bit more advanced, though. The player shows preview thumbnails of images as you select them in the file browser and if you add an MP3 into a picture folder it will be used as the background music during slideshows as long as you turn this feature on in the settings menu. When the Micro 3 is showing slide shows it also has a number of different transition effects that it cycles through to give your slideshows a bit more impact.


The Cyclone Micro 3 really does punch above its weight when it comes to movie playback, simply because it plays lots of different formats so flawlessly while also being able to downmix DTS and AC3 soundtracks for stereo output. Sure, the remote could be better and the user interface could be a bit more refined, but thanks to that robust file format support we still think it's one of the best, budget standalone media players around.

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March 6, 2012, 12:16 pm

I bought a 2+ for parents and they found it unusable. This is because the remote control (the same as the 3) is RUBBISH!! Its playback of codec is superb (handling SBS/OU mkvs) but if you're more than a metre away you will have very limited and very frustrating control of it especially if you a TB drive with thousand of files on it.

I do not know why they have used the same remote again! AVOID!


March 7, 2012, 2:45 pm

I have the Cyclone Micro 2+ and just bought this new one. I had no problem with the remote for both.

Having built in memory is an excellent idea. It works well for me when I do presentation videos. Most of my customer mistaken this as an Apple product as I have the white version.

I wish the have a version with built in networking or wireless in the future.


March 13, 2012, 4:05 pm

I have a MEDIAGATE HD from mediaup and my main problem are with srt subtitles as they appear too small to be read on the screen and, being white or yellow, they just disappear on bright backgrounds.

I'm wondering how subtitles rate on Cyclone. I saw that version 2 also exhibit small subtitles. How about version 3?

Pedro Duque


March 20, 2012, 4:06 am

Srt subtitles are resizable to huge dimensions and can be colored in blue, red and so on. I believe the same is true for all text-file subitles formats. Picture-based formats (idx+sub) are fixed in size and color, so white and kinda small, but still quite readable.

Ian Middleton

December 26, 2012, 5:36 pm

I have a Cyclone 3 purchased from Bluestone online via ebay 2 months ago, i shall be asking for my money back as its almost unusable becouse the remote almost never works. Even if you place the remote a few feet away, sometimes it will work to power up but then trying to navigate is at best hit and miss. On the odd occasion i have managed to get it to load and play it was very good, however so frustrating its not worth the stress. (by the way I have tried changing the battery

Kieron Oddie

February 9, 2013, 2:32 pm

ive got the mk1 n av 2 say AWESOME cept it dont play MKV`s :o( other than that av no problems cept with the blue on black writing which is hard to read on the remote


September 13, 2013, 3:47 pm

I have the same problem with it. My son bought it new for me last Christmas, but I have only been able to use it about 3-4 times as the remote is absolutely useless. I have replaced the battery but it is hit and miss. Tried going on the sumvision website but my computer warns me of virus attack if I proceed. Needless to say, I haven't visited their website. What should I do? My son did'nt keep the receipt but has copied all my favourite films which I can't watch.


October 29, 2013, 3:07 pm

is it compatible with USB3


November 6, 2013, 7:26 pm

That is a battery problem - the moment you put a fresh battery in it should work normal. (Took me a few good months to realize)


December 31, 2013, 10:42 pm

The cyclone 3 micro is excellent.
I've had all 3 cyclone micros. This is the best one just because of the amount of codecs it supports.
If you can open up the remote you can adjust the IR bulb and get it level as it's pointed down a bit.
I've formatted mine to NTFS


January 26, 2014, 7:15 pm

Need to replace the cheapo batteries with decent ones. I and my two sons have these and all worked perfectly after replacing the cheap batteries with quality ones.

Chris B

February 24, 2014, 6:27 pm

Does it play .flv u tube videos?

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