Tiny TV terrier just wants to play

Chris Jenkins checks out the latest and dinkiest media player

As the baby in the WD TV lineup, the Mini is perhaps best connected to your SD bedroom TV, rather than to your HD living room set.

Measuring just 21x91x91mm, it features all the basics with none of the frills. Crucially, it doesn’t have an HDMI output, and will output only DVD quality (576i) via the AV output, although it will upscale to 1080i via component. Playback is just as smooth and glitch-free as the other models in the line.

It has a single USB 2.0 input for your memory stick or pocket drive, a power socket for the 12V adapter, and just three outputs; SP/DIF digital audio, mini jack component video, and mini jack composite video/audio (adapters are provided). It comes with the same compact remote control as the larger WD TVs. (Our review sample was supplied by www.aristacomputers.com.)

Highs

It will fit in any system and make it easy to play media from USB devices such as memory sticks and pocket drives on your TV.

Supports a wide range of file formats including AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG4), MPG, VOB/ISO, MP4/MOV (MPEG4), JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, MP3, WAV, PCM, LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, OGG, APE, SRT, SSA, SUB, and SMI files; it also supports RM/RMVB (RealPlayer) files, which the other models don’t. Also supports FAT and NTFS formatting, and firmware upgrading.

Lots of useful navigation options including thumbnail, list and video previews, filename search using a virtual keyboard, slideshows, image zoom and pan, and music transport.

Lows

No HDMI output, so most suitable for use with SD TVs; also lacks networking features.

Does not support playback of protected premium content such as movies or music from iTunes.

No printed manual only a printed start-up guide and a manual on disc.


Western Digital WD TV Mini
Price:
£50 Approx

Overall: 5/5