HDD Media Players

An HDD media player is a device that allows computer users to move files into it and play them on a monitor or television. HDD stands for Hard Drive Disk, and when connected to computers, HDD media players function in exactly the same way as any other external hard drive. However, they have the additional capability of being connected to a TV, so that they can play media files in the same way a DVD player would. HDD media players are very versatile machines, because they can accomplish a large number of tasks, and act as a significant part of a home entertainment system.

The main advantage to an HDD media player lies in its innate versatility. It performs more entertainment functions than any device except for a well-equipped computer, and is more mobile than they are. They usually come with a very good amount of storage space, so they can store both regular files and media files that you don’t want cluttering your PC. A regular external hard drive can do this as well, but it doesn’t come with the ability to actually play any of these files – external hard drives can only store files. With an HDD media player, you can connect it to multiple computers, taking the files you need, and you can play them on any TV that takes its output formats. It’s a very convenient device.

As a media player, it is also more versatile than others. Other types of ways of viewing media through a TV include VHS (cassette) players, DVD players, and Blu-ray players, but for the most part, these only play one or two types media (videos and sometimes music). An HDD media player can recognize, and play, an enormous amount of different file types. It can play multiple types movies, music, pictures (including slideshows) all on your screen. Of course the other advantage is that it can simply hold more – DVD players only hold one disc at a time, whereas many HDD media players can hold more than 500 DVD’s, and/or the equivalent amount of music and pictures.

Now, a well equipped laptop can do much the same thing as an HDD media player. If a laptop has an S-video output, then it’s possible to buy a cord that will change the S-Video outlet into a composite video cable (the yellow cable in the yellow, red and white cables that many TV’s are adapted to). It’s also possible to get a high definition picture if the computer has a DVI or HDMI output. However, laptops with both are fairly rare, and it’s inconvenient to have to set up all of those cables every time you want to watch something from the laptop.

However, it is possible, and also probably the biggest hurdle in selling HDD media players: they are only convenient, not necessary. Many new TV’s can connect to the same VGA port as computer monitors, and it’s always possible to write DVD’s with the movies, pictures and music you want as an alternative. An HDD media player just makes the process easier, and it is a fairly expensive option for that. They are probably only for people who are very serious about their entertainment, as few others will be able to justify the expense.

Concerning that expense, the price of HDD media players isn’t prohibitively expensive, but they generally start at about $100, which is a little higher than the starting price for plain external hard drives. This isn’t a deal breaker for anybody who is really interested in media players, but it is enough to give many consumers pause. However, if you are considering a new DVD player or external hard drive anyways, you might want to consider a HDD media player instead. It’s not much more expensive, and it’s very useful if you use its functions at all.

This HDD Media Players Review is Written/Updated on Mar 7th, 2011 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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