Date: May 7th, 2008
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: VL System
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES (From: VL System)
M-Play Blast can power on and off the PC by using remote controller and also can control the PC to come in handy. It can support “Revo” software so that you do not need to buy Windows Media center separately when you make to coordinate the HTPC. Also remote controller can control the Media center and show the information related to real-time display through the VFD screen during playing the Media Center.
It can control the Multimedia programs like as Media Center, Revo, Gom Player, KM Player, Winamp, Power Cinema, RealPlayer, iTunes, QuickTime Player, JetAudio, GBPVR, WinDVD by remote controller.
Basic support of Revo:
Revo is total Multimedia program including various function and intuitive interface so it has the function of moving picture, listening music, watching TV, seeing photos, internet radio, real-time news.
Install V.F.D (Vacuum Fluorescent Display):
It can display the system information and Multimedia display Information like as Revo, Media center, Media player, Winamp player.
A.F.C(Automatic Fan Control) function:
This A.F.C has function to adjust auto fan controlling according CPU usage, temperature, user's option. It's enabled to be minimized it from unnecessary noise.
Easy to install, the USB interface is supported. We can also support to making the USB herb function as your needs.
Again the poor translation makes the information hard to follow but it should be clear enough to get the gist.
The package took a bit of a beating during shipping despite having been wrapped in about 4 layers of bubble wrap when it arrived at my door. Nonetheless the components arrived intact. Some more secure packaging may be in order to insure safer shipping.
First out of the box is the VFD display and remote control. The VFD display has a nice dull metallic black finish and is quite pleasant to look at (also available in silver). The remote looks a lot like one of those multi remotes you buy so you don't need to use multiple remotes for your entertainment system. It has a number of PC specific buttons that let you know it's more than that however.
Next out of the box are the installation manual and driver CD. The CD includes drivers for the device as well as some software that can turn almost any PC into a media center without the need for Windows MCE.
Lastly we have the cables needed to hook this puppy up as well as mounting screws and batteries for the remote. Always nice to see batteries included.
The cables included are as follows:
From left to right: Thermal sensor, Power cable, 2 x Fan extension cables, The cable that connects to the power switch on your PC enabling you to turn the PC on and off with the remote, USB header cable (connects to a USB header on the motherboard) and lastly a USB cable incase you don't have a spare USB header on your motherboard.
I thought the inclusion of both a USB header cable and standard USB cable was a really nice touch. I personally prefer the header cable as it means I don't have to route a USB cable out the back of the case and into a USB port. But, should you not want to sacrifice a front USB port and connect it in this way you at least have the cables to do so.