If you’ve seen any of my AC Ryan reviews, you’ve pretty much seen all this before. It’s got a different skin, but it’s the same backend.
The first part of the setup is updating the firmware. It’s gotta be done. You usually get some extra features, a few bug fixes. Still, you’d have thought they could make the process at least a little prettier, right?
The home page is a little bland, but it’s got a grungey, scratchy background to make it look cool. You navigate the menu with the left and right buttons on the remote, though they in-fact equate to clockwise and anti-clockwise, which can get a bit confusing once you’ve gone half the way round, but you get used to it quick enough.
As with the AC Ryan media players, your options here are setup, apps, music, movies, images and manager.
Movies simply indexes all the video files you have on the hard drive and attached storage. You can list them in a variety of different ways, including preview, thumbnail and list. Depending on which one you pick, it can display the length of the video/movie/tv show, the file size, file type, where it comes from etc.
Photos are much the same. Here we have some halloween shots it seems.
Once you’ve selected the video you want to watch, you can access further information from within. On other players you use the right and left buttons from here to cycle through your options, but in this case you use a time code wheel system which isn’t quite as intuitive. You can still jump ahead or back with the right/left buttons, but since it doesn’t bring up anything to show how much you’re moving, it’s easier to use the fast forward and rewind functions.
There are several applications built in to the RT3, giving you access to Youtube, Facebook and similar sites, including internet radio. If you plug in a keyboard and mouse, you can use both to navigate these apps. instead of the remote which is much easier. However, with only two standard USB ports, you’re going to need to use a wired connection if you have a mouse and keyboard seperately, or a combo device with a USB wireless connector.
Would it have been that hard to include a third USB port?
BBC news and a couple of other sites are accessible from a new apps menu added in the recent patch. They work well enough, but I’d recommend getting some sort of touchpad keyboard and mouse as navigating them with the remote is quite difficult.
File moving and copying is handled in exactly the same way as the AC Ryan media players. You select the file(s), then travel through several layers of menus to choose where you want to place them. While this isn’t too bad, make sure you don’t hit “exit” at any part in it as it completely restarts the process leaving you to reselect everything once again.
When you do get a transfer going, you get some information including: a percentage loading bar, which file is currently being sent and how many there are to go.
The setup menu is quite in-depth, allowing for changes to the video output, audio settings, along with various network compatibility options.