Sitecom Media Player 2TB MD-272 review -
Alright then, above we can see the Sitecom HDD TV Media Player 2TB MD-272. We received the SKU with with a 2 TB HDD built in. Let's have a look at the bundle.
The bundled items are definitely okay. Next to the HDD TV Media Player 2TB MD-272 unit you'll receive a very decent media remote control with batteries, a manual, power adapter, USB cable, component and composite cables and a good quality HDMI cable (1.3a).
The included media remote (still IR based) is average at best to be honest. The remote covers all the functionality, selecting chapters, fast forward, next, stop, play menu, setup, the entire spectrum of functionality that you may expect from a media remote control.
Unfortunately this model is not that intuitive, and the small and slim design makes it a little uncomfortable to work with. Some might like that, me personally not so much.
Being a media remote control it would have been nice to have UV reflective buttons, that would be very handy in the dark room while watching a movie.
But wait, there is an alternative.
Interesting is the fact that you can use your mobile phone to control the unit. You can download a free Media Remote App. It looks good, works OK but obviously will work in your local LAN network only, meaning you are working over WIFI with your phone.
Its a fun gadget alright. On a smartphone the app might be a little too small to work with, then again on a pad or tablet it will work fine. Both Apple IOS and Android versions are available by the way.
The Sitecom Powerline Ethernet adapters allow you to use your mains electricity circuit to transfer data, this way you can extend your network to wherever you have a free plug socket. The product we test today comes from Sitecom, their 500 Mbps plus Homeplug. The kit provides a connection of up to 500Mbits/sec. Divide that by 8 bits and you'd in theory would be able to see transfer speeds of 62.5 Megabyte per second. In practice, however we tested the maximum net data rate is much MUCH lower, 60~100 Mbits/sec - still that is faster than Wi-Fi and sufficient fenough or streaming high-definition video from say your PC with network shares to, for instance, your HTPC.
Sitecom Media Player 2TB MD-272 review
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