Just popping in for a brief review of the Trekstor Antarius I’ve borrowed from a friend for a couple of days. Similar to the WD TV DVD menus are ignored but as it recognizes VOBs < 30 mins and ISOs < 40 mins and allows the user to select each title of these files via the remote, watching episodic shows and music DVDs is possible. Although it’s still gonna take me some time to jump on the HD bandwagon my next mediaplayer is bound to have HD support, however despite being advertized as such, the Antarius falls short of that category cause as of firmware 1.26 there’s
no H.264 support.
When pressing play on some trailers resulted in “invalid file” I re-checked homepage and manual and indeed, somewhere in the fineprint it says that MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP (xvid/divx) is supported up to 1080p but not MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC (H.264) which means that pretty much every mkv out there won’t play back. Epic fail.
OTOH I don’t feel to bad about skipping this device cause I think both design and UI suck and it comes with further flaws (YMMV), some of which might get fixed by an upcoming firmware:
- due to a pointless preview window on the right side of the screen the file browser is limited to a puny 16 (!) chars with painfully slow scrolling (yes, it’s even slower than my old Panasonic’s display)
- the remote’s NEXT does not skip to the next song but goes PAGE DOWN (thanks for breaking usability)
- no shuffle play (and as a matter of fact even no continuous play in folders unless you switch to music mode and select “repeat all”)
- m3u playlist selection
- some ID3 v2.3 tags don’t work (no time for further testing)
- after file copy is done (you can’t write on FAT32 but only NTFS drives!) you’ll end up at root dir instead of the dirs you were in
- on -> standby -> no power -> power -> on (instead of standby)
- with some idx/sub only every other item is shown
- no srt font size selection so word wrap does not work properly with some subs
Next up for testing are EGreat EG-M34A, Xtreamer and Asus O!Play HDP-R1 (I’m not kidding, that’s the name!), whichever is available in Germany first.