Saturday, June 19, 2010

HDI Dune Prime 3.0 Part 1

After so long of "interviewing" many contractors, I made up my mind to appoint one to complete my Mega Project. Let's take some time off from the project and get to gadget world and blogosphere.

While the renovation is sub-contracted, I am still working on the "entertainment segment" of the project. Therefore today I am gonna to "report" another component in the entertainment segment after the "first revelation"...


The HDI Dune Prime 3.0.

The key features printed on the box...


The bundled accessories...


Come with a simple user manual (softcopy is included in a CD), power cable, AV composite cable, an HDMI cable, remote control with its AAA batteries.

The player...


Nothing fancy on the design, it just looks like an ordinary DVD player except the blue Bluray logo on the disc tray at the center that distinguishes it as a Bluray player.

Now check out the I/O ports at the rear...


The LAN, USB 2.0, HDMI out, Coaxial and digital optical audio out, analog (L/R) audio, composite and component video. Next...


Second USB 2.0, eSATA (cool!), 7.1 analog audio out (coolest!) and follow by third USB 2.0. With that 7.1 analog audio out, one does not need to invest too much to buy an AV receiver/amplifier. Just plug in 7 speakers and the player will output 7.1 surround audio streams! Though, don't expect high quality output. I believe this is unique on this player, I don't find any other player with such feature.


Last is the power plug, as shown in the photo above. Good point here is no power brick, just connect the power cable to the player. In the same photo, the USB port is the third found in the previous photo. But there's a surprise...


The fourth USB port on the left of the front panel. Cool design! You don't have to reach to the rear to plug in your thumb drive for a quick view on photos and other multimedia content.

Lastly the remote controller...



Built with rubberized plastic but provide solid feel. The buttons are soft to press and provide good feedback.



Ergonomically nice to hold too with a little contour at the back of the RC to cater fingers placement and easy reach out to the most-used buttons by thumb, which should be the directional keypads on the RC.

Stop for now. Let me set it up with a simple setup and will report back in a short while. Browse to its "official website to know the detailed technical specification.