AC Ryan Veolo Review -
The right side is all stealthy nothing is to be found here, but at the left side that's different alright.
As you can see here we have a USB port (2.0), an SDHC for cards up-to 32GB and the little button powers the device on or off if you dislike the remote for a minute.
At the rear we see decent enough connectivity, the power connector, RCA stereo output, HDMI (1.3) output, a fully fledged Gigabit Ethernet connector which we find to be a nice touch. Next to that the USB 2.0 host port and all the way to your right an optical output. Everything HTPC like is covered alright.
Once we open up the box we'll see a small PCB with a system memory RAM IC 512MB, a NAND storage flash IC (4GB), to your right you can see a Wireless-N (802.11 b/g/n) module. Underneath that small heat sink is a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 with Floating Point Unit tucked away.
No fans so this unit is completely silent.
The market is continuously changing, the biggest trend last year where tablets, Android entered the market and that certainly changed the balance of smart phones. The concept proofs that you can do a lot of stuff with very little hardware, yet it remains intuitive. With that concept in mind AC Ryan started developing a new media hub slash player, in fact I shouldn't call it a media-player really as it is much more then that. The end product is called the Veolo. The Veolo is AC Ryan's version of a media 'HUB' powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo).
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