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Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3 review

Niall Magennis

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Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3
  • Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3
  • Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3
  • Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3
  • Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3
  • Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Great format support
  • Top-notch video quality
  • Can downmix DTS and AC3 soundtracks to stereo

Cons

  • Can't directly copy files from memory cards or USB keys to the internal memory
  • Remote control is poor

Key Features

  • HDMI and composite video out
  • Digital audio Coax out
  • Mini USB port
  • SD card slot
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Manufacturer: Sumvision
  • Review Price: £44.99

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.

Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

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.

Sumvision Cyclone Micro 3

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.

ToRJS99

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!

TC123

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.

pmduque

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?

Thanks,
Pedro Duque

nvrnw

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

Zoe

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.

GAIL

October 29, 2013, 3:07 pm

is it compatible with USB3

Guest

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)

person

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

GSXR

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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