AVerMedia AVerLife HD Studio Review

  • price

    ₹5,500.00

  • tech2 rating

    3.5/5

  • user rating

    0.4/5

The HD media player market is saturated by a number of brands and products. These products have always been about offering very simple solutions for those who purchase high-definition TVs, but don’t have the content easily available. AVerMedia, a company that’s known in the past for its TV tuner cards and recently for a bunch of other products, has also been selling HD media players. Their new AVerLife HD Theater is one of their latest products to hit the market.

 

Design and Build Quality

The AVerMedia AVerLife HD Studio is a compact little device. It’s compact - roughly the size of a WD TV media player. The entire product is made of plastic and the top surface has a brushed metal look to it. There’s also a full HD 1080p badge on the right-top of the player. The bottom surface has large vents for cooling and some on the either sides as well. All the connectors are present at the rear of the player. Only the power button is present at the front, besides the IR receiver and activity indicator. Overall, it feels sturdy, but it could have been more stylish, in our opinion. 

Simple, plain surface and a pretty compact device

Simple, plain surface and a pretty compact device

 

 

The bundled remote is flat in design and is made of plastic. It doesn’t feel and look like a remote control for a television or a media device. The directional buttons could've been closer though, and the volume switches, more prominent. These are minor issues, though.

 

Features

The AVerMedia AVerLife doesn’t come across as a much different player than most of the others in the market. The player has two USB 2.0 ports - one on the side and the other at the rear. There’s also a memory card reader on side that supports SD/MMC/MS cards. The rear also has an Ethernet port which can be used to playback media over the network.  While the player supports Wi-Fi, you’ll have to purchase a separate USB Wi-Fi adaptor, which means you only get to use one storage device at once. There’s a single HDMI port at the rear to connect the player to a TV as well as a composite out for older televisions.

Memory card reader on one side

Memory card reader on one side

 

 

Format support is great, too - it supports everything from the traditional AVI container with DivX/Xvid codecs to the latest MKV containers with media stored using H.264 codecs. Support for Flickr, Picasa, radio stations are present, but the interface doesn't look upto  the mark. Media streaming over the network is done using uPNP, which is something that needs to be enabled on Windows.

Somewhat flimsy and light-weight remote

Somewhat flimsy and light-weight remote

 

 

Power it up and it shows up a simple, straightforward interface with large icons for different kinds of media supported. The interface is not very stylish, but it isn’t really bad, either. The icons are self-explanatory as well. The interface is smooth and each of the features load quickly. The Settings menu is detailed and there’s everything from firmware upgrades to customizing the interface for the different media playback sections.

Performance

The player takes no more than 8 seconds to power up from a total power-off state. Loading of files is quick and images show up thumbnails. Movies do not show as thumbnails, and a few, basic details of the movie are available. Video playback itself is smooth and there are no signs of stuttering across all formats of all resolutions.

Basic connectivity features at the rear

Basic connectivity features at the rear

 

 

Our standard 60fps 1920x1080 video ran perfectly fine without any stuttering. Image transition effects are smooth as well and there are really no complaints as far as performance of the player is concerned. Text file support is present and it works fine, too. We’re not sure how practical reading long pages of text will be on a TV, though.

 

Verdict

The AVerLife HD Studio - an affordable network-capable media player

The AVerLife HD Studio - an affordable network-capable media player



The AVerMedia AVerLife HD Studio sells for Rs.5,000 (MRP Rs.7,475) in India, which makes it fairly affordable for a device that plays all media formats. We would like a slightly more refined product and more Internet features. But, for a player meant to stream media from an external hard drive, it's a great value-for-money product. If you have a HDTV and want to play HD content on it, this is one of the cheapest options available.


Specifications

AVerLife HD Studio is an extra powerful Full HD 1080P network media Player. With a potent processor, AVerLife HD Studio makes an ideal home theater in your living room with high-definition entertainment system. Ready to play your Full HD 1080P movies and video files on your TV at any time. Shares files over the local area network - Easily share media with friends and family (UPnP client). Newer and faster processor for increased performance in all areas. Supports the most advanced high-def video and audio standards. (Refer to the list of supported codecs below). Supports Flickr, Picasa & Internet Radio. Enjoy music and photos in the living room on the big TV screen.

Media Formats

Video Formats MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264, Real Video ,Flash ,DVD, BD
Photo Formats JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
Audio Formats MP3, WMA, WAV, Real Audio (.rm), OGG, AAC, FLAC, APE
Subtitle Support SMI, ASS, SSA, SRT, SUB, SUB+IDX, PGS

Connections

Component Video No
Composite Video Yes
HDMI Output Yes
S/PDIF Out (Coaxial / Optical) Yes
USB Port 2 x USB 2.0

Networking

Ethernet (LAN) Support Yes

Online Streaming Services

Audio Services Internet Radio

Miscellaneous

Other Features Flickr, Picasa

Others

Dimensions (W x H x D) 185 x 76 x 145 mm
Weight 491 grams

After Sales Service

Warranty 1 Year

Published Date: Dec 28, 2011 05:07 pm | Updated Date: Dec 28, 2011 05:07 pm