We’ve had some time to play around with the Mede8er Med800x3D media player and have some thoughts on the device:
The Mede8er Med800X3D is a serious media library for your movies, music and files. You are able to play your movies in full 3D sound and DTS True HD. The media player is powerful enough to handle video playback at full HD resolutions and has no issues with 7.1 sound and other video formats like ISO Blu-Ray disc, Windows Media Video, XviD and MKV. You can also set the refresh rate to adapt to the video file you are playing. If we had to fault it, it would be that it takes a while for the media player to startup (about 15 – 30 seconds) and that there is sometimes a slight delay to the menu when you stop a file. It works on 2D and 3D TV’s.
The Mede8er Med800X3D has lots of connectivity options available as well. It has a maximum size capacity of 4TB and has a built-in 3.5″ hard drive bay, making it ideal to use it to back up your files from your computer. You get a HDMI cable capable of supporting HD/3D/24p video and audio as well as analogue video. You also get a SD card slot and a pair of USB ports. The USB 3.0 connector on the side allows the Mede8er MED800X3D to be treated as an external drive for easy transfer of media to and from your computer.
And thanks to the possibility of an internal HDD you can use this player as a NAS for sharing your documents and files with your entire network. You can even download Torrents with TransmissionBT.
We would also advise you to opt for the built-in network or Wi-Fi connection to allow you to access the web. With this option you can instantly search for movies, series and music and stream it straight to the media player. You are also able to instantly play videos from YouTube directly without having to download anything. The built-in BitTorrent client allows you to download from peer-to-peer websites without having to use your computer.
We have to admit that the rather chunky Mede8er MED800X3D isn’t the most attractive media player on the market. That being said, I personally do prefer the simpler square shape of the MED800x3D over the saucer design of the Mede8er MED1000X3D.
The external power unit is also extremely clunky and it could become annoying when you are constantly moving the media player around.
Basically it has more of a functional rather than a stylish design to accommodate for its sheer power and storage size. Another thing we miss is a front digital display, which would make it possible to check the info on your video or music playback without having to press info on the remote.
As mentioned above, the menu features YouTube, web browser and BitTorrent functions, making most web videos playable. The Mede8er MED800x3D also comes with a Subtitle Downloader allowing you to watch any movie with the right subtitles in any language you choose.
But, our favourite feature has to be the Movie Scraper. This feature lets you collect all the information and images of your movies and series collections and puts them in the Video Wall, a neat and organised display. The information includes the title, genre, year and ratings of movies and series. An eyeball icon shows you which movies and episodes of series you’ve already watched, which is especially handy for series.
There is also an iPhone app available for the Mede8er MED800X3D that lets you easily control your media library. The app allows you to browse through your media library and create music playlists. You can even play your music without having to use your TV.
The remote control comes with a handy blue backlight (activated by pressing the blue side button) that makes it perfect to use in the dark. The other blue button can be programmed to be a quick access button for anything you choose.
Although the Mede8er Med800x3D media player is powerful and works relatively well it isn’t without its flaws. It is rather clungy and moving it around becomes a hassle. It doesn’t support DivX, which is frustrating to say the least. The startup time is also really long and the screen starts to lag when the device is almost full.
On the plus side, it does support basically any video format you can think of (except DivX) and it has really cool connectivity features.
- HDMI Cable
- AV Cable < 2X AA Battery
- Quick Start Guide
- User manual
- Power Plug
- USB 3.0 Cable
- Processor: RTD1186
- 512 SLC Flash
- 512 DDR3 SDRAM
- Video Formats Supported: AVI / BDMV Light / BDISO Light / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG / MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / RM / RMVB / FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080p 3D Video: 3D BDISO, MVC, SBS, T&B, Frame Sequential, Frame Packing (max 1920 x 1080)
- Video Codecs Supported: MPEG-1-2 / MPEG-4 SP /ASP /AVC (H.264) / XviD / WMV9 (VC-1) / RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)
- Audio Codec Supported: Mp3 / Mp2 / OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / AAC / RA / Dolby True HD – DTS MA Passthrough on HDMI / AC3 – DTS 5.1 / FLAC up to 24bit 192Khz on HDMI & Co Ax Digital – 96khz on SPDIF Optical / WAV / WMA Standard (DRM, & Advanced Profile not supported) Photo format Supported: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG File System Supported: FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ Video output: NTSC, PAL, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 1080p 23.976, 24hz, Auto Frame Rate Input/Outputs: HDMI 1.4
- Component Video
- Composite Video
- Stereo RCA
- SPDIF Optical
- Co-Ax Digital
- Slave Port USB 3.0, HOST Port x 2 USB 2.0
- Optional Hard Drive: Internal Hard Drive is optional unless otherwise stated on the packaging. Optional WiFi: MED10WFB or MED20PCIE (WiFi is optional unless otherwise stated on the packaging)