This swollen little bugger has an excuse for being so chunky – not only is he packing a 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive but more connectivity than you could shake a drunken otter at. Ethernet and USB 2.0 are the obvious place to start – meaning the SavitMicro cineDISK works as both a directly-connected and network-attached storage unit – but then there’s DVI-I, DVI-D (with 1080p output), component (for 480p, 720p and 1080i), coaxial, stereo audio and an optical audio port, together with a USB host port for plugging in extra storage.
All that adds up to a remote storage device that can stream and play direct all manner of media to sound systems and TVs. A broad range of formats are supported, including MP3, Ogg and WMA in the audio camp and 720p WHVMD, HDTV@TP, DivX, MPEG4 and MPEG1/2 over on the video side.
On the front panel there’s a handy scroll-wheel (that looks like it’s been snaffled straight off of a mouse) to flick through different media, as well as transport controls. Sounds obvious, but they’re controls often missing from competing network A/V players.