AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2

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The only real way to test a device such as this was to play around with it for a few days and write up my experiences, so that’s exactly what I’ve done. During the testing I watched a few movies, used several of the internet and social applications.


Since the Mini 2 is basically just a cut down HD 1tb, I’d recommend for a full run down of most of the features found here to check out the results page of that review which you can do here.

However, that said I do need to make some things clear about the Mini 2. Networked up, it does everything that the 1Tb can do, for a much reduced price. It’s also smaller, quieter and boots a lot quicker because it doesn’t have to index files everytime it starts up.

This means that thanks to the gigabit NIC built into it, wired up, this little hub can stream full, 1080p HD movies to your TV, with 5.1 surround and all the trimmings. If you don’t want wired, it can manage 300MB/s wireless with an optionally purchased wireless dongle. I doubt it’ll do 1080p at those speeds, but 720p might be possible.

If the Playon!HD2 1Tb is for people that are serious media consumers who don’t have a download rig or HTPC already, then the mini 2 is for those do. The jukebox system makes watching movies convenient and easy and though occasionally I do miss the onboard storage, its really not necessarily with how well this little thing works when networked together.

The only thing I’ll say that I don’t like with the Mini 2, is that it only has 2 USB ports. How am I supposed to have a mouse, keyboard and wireless transmitter/receiver plugged in with only 2?


Ok so it’s still around £90, even though it doesn’t have a built in drive. But still, that’s £60 less than the 500GB version and over a hundred less than the 1TB. For that money you could buy one of these, get a TB drive in your main PC which you stick all your movies on, and you’re still £60 quid in profit.

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Last modified: March 28, 2011

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6 Responses to :
AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2

  1. Jeff Sherwin says:

    No Ogg. No Way.

  2. Phil Roe says:

    Purchased the AC Ryan Playon!HD Mini 2 with the wireless dongle
    WLAN 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps via USB WLAN adaptor.

    I am having trouble getting it to work. I have followed the set-up manual and am running it through a wireless network connection. PC with NETGEAR WN311B to a NETGEAR Wireless N-300 Modem Router DGN2200.

    What else do I need to do to get it to stream?

    1. Whoopty says:

      Have you setup your network connection through the settings menu?

  3. Jimbo says:

    This review is unacceptable. The main use of this product is streaming HD content. And you dont even test it and even say “If you don’t want wired, it can manage 300MB/s wireless with an optionally purchased wireless dongle. I doubt it’ll do 1080p at those speeds, but 720p might be possible.” True, the wireless dongle has to be purchased seperately, but every semi-decent review should test it. And you also provide wrong info since it DOES in fact stream 1080p without any stutter or lag (the original Playon HD could not over wireless).

    1. Whoopty says:

      Thanks for the pointers Jimbo. We’ll take it on board and try and improve our next review.

  4. Jan Vissers says:

    As a satisfied user of the old AC Ryan Playon! HD MINI1 “I wanted to buy new equipment because the gigabit data stream over my gigabit network, and thus the ‘heavy’ files to my TV set could stream without faltering.

    But what happens is that a downgrade rather than purchasing an upgrade.

    The menu where you must scroll through file consists of large icons, which only 8 fit on your screen.
    So, if you have many files in a folder, it may leave you a long scroll until you have found the correct file.
    (There is a ‘list’ button on the remote, but this is a detour, and not at all practical)

    Also it goes very wrong with the subtitles of mkv video files.
    The unit takes the first .srt-file from the folder, regardless of the video file. So you should always manually add your subtitle manually via the configuration sub-menu. (The name of video and subtitle are always identical, with no spaces or dots)
    The previous ‘Playon! HD MINI1 “I had it two years in my possession, I’ve never had this problem.

    Also the sound goes mute, and you can hit a few times forward and backward, to get the sound back.

    At first I thought it were beginners flaws of a new device, but these problems have existed since February 2010, and AC Ryan has still not be able to correct these problems through firmware updates.
    I’m looking for another media-player, because this unit is a bad buy overall. This unit has won prizes, but many buyers experiencing the same problems as me.

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