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Hard Disk Drive Video Players Hit The Mainstream

Codec Compatibility

Test format / CodecTHEbox
AC-3yes
3ivx D4no
Canopus Soft DVSDno
DAT CD-Videoyes
DivX 3.11yes
DivX 3.20yes
DivX 4.1yes
DivX 5.03yes
DivX 5.2yes
DivX 6 (.divx)yes
DivX 6 (.avi)yes
DivX 6 with menusyes **
DivX 2-PASSyes
DVD Video (.vob)yes
DVD with menusno
Leadtools 1.0no
Matroskano
Morgan M-JPEG 3.0no
Motion JPEGyes
MP3 Fraunhoferyes
MP3 Lameyes
MP3 VBRyes
MP3 CBRyes
MPEG-1yes
MPEG-2yes
MS Media Player 9no
MS MPEG4 V1no
MS MPEG4 V2yes
MS MPEG4 V3yes
On2 VP3 V3.2no
OGGno
PCM Audioyes
Sigma Realmagicyes
SVCD (MPEG-2)yes
VOB (MPEG-2)yes
VCD (MPEG-1)yes
WMAyes
XviD MPEG3 V2.1yes
XviD + AC3yes
* video hangs, ** no DivX menu

Summary And Evaluation

THEbox HP-25OTG
WeightingFactorScore
20%Features80%
40%Ergonomics65%
5%Price85%
10%Design95%
25%Service50%
Overall score68%

Thanks to its versatility, the HP-25OTG is an ideal travel companion that can play back virtually any audio and video format. The tiny unit only reaches its limits when it comes to playing back DVD directories.