Media players are becoming more and more popular these days, so it’s no surprise that we are seeing more and more players enter the market. Whether they’ve been around for a while or not, the local market is starting to see a large number of media player options arrive. One such option is the Egreat R200-II HD Network Media Player.
One of the first things this product teaches us is to not judge a book by its cover. See, the Egreat’s packaging has some of the most hilarious ‘Ingrish’ typos and language mistakes we’ve come across in a long time. But even though the box says things like ‘strength 45 buttons remote control, comfortable feel and support far valid distance’ (we kid you not) doesn’t mean that we should assume the makers of this device have technical skills similar to their English abilities. In fact, the R200-II is one of the better media players we’ve come across.
First of all, it offers all kinds of connectivity. WiFi, LAN, USB, SATA and e-Bus are all options here, meaning that it will integrate easily into virtually any home network.
Outputs come in the form of component, coaxial, HMDI and optical audio, which pretty much takes care of all the options.
What’s more, a hard drive bay, which holds a 3.5” SATA drive, is also available, for those that want to expand their collection and ensure that the R200-II has some form of internal storage.
It’s a pretty big device, thanks to that drive bay, but it looks stylish enough to fit almost any setup. It runs quietly and reliably, with decent response times, even when streaming content wirelessly (although individual setups may perform differently in this case.) The all-aluminium housing helps keep the unit cool and prevents against damage, which is always a good thing, and a discrete front panel displays just enough to let you know what the device is up to.
Armed with a full function remote control, the R200-II supports full HD and delivers sound in Dolby stereo. 7.1 audio is also possible if you use the optical audio solution it provides.
With numerous files supported, this device becomes the perfect hub between PC systems and TVs, and makes use of 256mb of DDR2 flash Ram to help smoothen out streaming, which is a bit of a plus if your wireless network encounters any interference. Of course, there is also the wired LAN option to consider.
The big Egreat looks like a serious media player, and it is… this one is intended for those who are going to go the whole hog, and not just for folks who are looking for a quick and convenient way to run PC files on a TV.
So, if you’re serious about your media delivery and are going to take the time to trim your setup – and possibly fuss and fiddle with every single little detail – it offers an excellent solution. If you’re going to be more casual, the unit’s price and capabilities may fall into the realms of ‘overkill’.
Verdict: A great option for serious media users.