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Although this is technically a PC, it has the look and feel of an AV product. As such, everything can be controlled using a single remote (which communicates with the supplied Microsoft remote control receiver), but unfortunately this zapper lacks the practicality needed for a seamless operating experience.
It’s covered with small, fiddly buttons and as a result it feels cluttered, and it’s also easy to hit the large Media Center button instead of the OK key, which can be annoying. On the plus side, the menu controls are sensibly placed right in the middle with volume/channel buttons on either side, and all the functions (Videos, Music, TV, DVD and so on) have dedicated buttons, making it incredibly simple to jump straight to your desired content.
Exit Media Center and you can use the MM320 as a regular PC, and enjoy all the functionality offered by Windows 7 – Internet, e-mail, word processing, games, that sort of thing. For that purpose you get a wireless KeySonic keyboard in the box. But obviously we’re more interested in the home cinema side and on that score the MM320 is an impressive performer.
Starting with Blu-ray, we loaded up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the unit delivers the disc’s abundant detail and comic-book colours with aplomb. The tiny moving parts of the transforming CG robots are revealed in all their gleaming glory, while human faces look utterly convincing. The picture is punchy, sparklingly sharp and natural, plus the unit tracks the frenetic action without any obvious artefacts or judder.
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