From the Book of Saw will be in cinemas on May 13
- Flexible, inexpensive
- Requires technical knowledge to configure
Modix is trailblazing with the HD-3510B. It will primarily appeal to geeks and the techno-savvy; a little polish is required before it's ready for the mainstream.
Price$ 359.00 (AUD)
Korean company DTS Infocom has taken the clever step of integrating an external USB hard disk enclosure with an HDTV-compatible media player. The Modix HD-3510B is designed to live between a computer and lounge room, storing files or serving up movies and songs on demand.
The machine is sold without a hard disk, so you'll need to factor in the cost of this when you're shopping around. It takes a standard 3.5" desktop ATA drive, which is easy to find at computer shops, markets or online retailers, but it requires a little technical skill to fit it. The enclosure is capable of housing a hard disk with a capacity anywhere from 40GB to a whopping (and as-yet unavailable) 2TB, so there's no danger of running low on storage space!
The front panel is crammed with buttons, LEDs and a 1.2" backlit display that shows information on what's playing, while the back offers composite, component, S-Video, and optical outputs.
The Modix ships with a massive range of accessories, including a carry bag so you can take it on the road with you. In fact, at just 350g (sans hard disk), is ideal if you're frequently stuck in hotels or often visit friends, as you can take a selection of movies with you.
The Modix registers as an additional hard disk when plugged in via USB 2.0 to a Mac or Windows PC, so you can use it to archive files as well as store media. After copying movies and songs to the drive, you can fire up the device through a TV and use the remote control to navigate the menu system. It's easy to use and works well, though the menus can be a little unresponsive at times (and some of the English is a little offbeat).
Just about every common video format is supported, including AVI, MPEG1-4, XviD and DivX 3.0 to 5.0, along with audio formats MP3, MP2, MP1, OGG and WMA. The Modix HD-3510B and worked well, with the displayed image appearing clear on all tested TVs. We encountered a couple of slight playback glitches during testing, but they weren't enough to crash the machine, and it was always when playing back large HDTV files downloaded from the Net.
The Modix HD-3510B is relatively inexpensive and its one-year replacement warranty is adequate, but the machine would appeal primarily to those comfortable with fitting a hard disk into a computer.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Razer Naga Trinity review: The last best MMO gaming mouse
- 2 Dynabook Portégé X30W-J – a very good all-rounder
- 3 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 4 Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- 5 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review: Killer form-factor, lethal price-tag
Latest News Articles
- Sony announces X-Series speakers for music lovers of every genre
- JBL PartyBox 310 lets you party in wet and dark places and sing duets
- 'Black Widow' and 'Cruella' will stream on Disney+ the same day they hit theaters
- Why did Apple’s original HomePod fail? Let’s count the ways
- Don’t worry, Spotify Free users: You can still cast to Google speakers
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- Best Android and Apple phones for under $600
- Dynabook announces 11.6-inch student laptop
- Signal's hack of surveillance software a big concern for courts
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies