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HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0 Review

The HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0 is a multimedia centre with an integrated Blu-ray player. In fact, it’s probably one of the main competitors of the PopcornHour C-200, another hybrid model. Will the Dune have what it takes to outdo the five-star PCH?

The BD Prime looks more like a Blu-ray player than a media centre. The main body of the device is made from metal and the front panel is plastic. On the whole, the finish is pretty average and it feels like an entry-level product to handle. It’s certainly a far cry from the solid finish of the PCH C-200. The basic model isn’t supplied with a hard drive, but it can be easily equipped with a 2.5″ SATA hard drive. Note that 3.5″ models, primarily designed for desktop computers, aren’t compatible.
 

Pros

Plays Blu-ray and DVD discs

Excellent support for different multimedia formats

DTS and Dolby Digital decoding

Ability to make a video jukebox

Good SD upscaling

 

Cons

Not very classy design (media centre and remote)

External subtitles handled poorly

Interface

No advanced web services

 

Conclusion

This excellent hybrid media centre offers great video compatibility and playback, as well as a customisable interface. Although it’s not perfect, it ticks enough boxes to walk away with a top score.
Read the complete review at digitalversus.com

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