The Mini unit, which KitGuru also received is the little relative of the previous unit we looked at on the last page. It does not include an internal hard drive and is designed to stream media already on your network.
While the Mini is obviously smaller it is built around the same design ethic as its bigger counterpart. Simple and sleek with a black ‘piano style’ front fascia to look good in a living room environment. A.C. Ryan supply the exact same remote and HDMI cable as before which is pretty much all most people will be requiring. We like the fact they are throwing in a set of batteries, as many people normally end up having to run to the store.
The rear offers good connectivity again, with RJ45 LAN connections, HDMI, Composite, Optical and Component. There are no USB connectors or media card slots on the side of this unit however.
Here you can see both front and rear of both units we are testing today, this is a good indication of how much space you will save if you opt for the Mini unit.
A.C. Ryan also sent us their Playon! branded USB adapter which is available from them as an optional extra if you wish to avoid trailing cables through your chosen location. Ideal for instance in a living room situation if your router and network boxes are upstairs. This device supports 802.11 B/N/G and can receive 300Mbit while sending 150mbit. This is a great option to ensure totally compatibility with the PlayOn! units on test today and it supports WEP, WPA/2 TKIP and AES. We tested it on our Windows 7 computers and it also worked great there.A.C. RYAN PlayON! HD & MINI Media Player Review,