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.