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Mede8er MED500X2 Media Centre Review

Although not very well known to the general consumer, we generally like Mede8er products. The first two media centres from the company gave excellent quality for the money and the manufacturer’s follow-up service is also very good, with regular software updates.  One must never rest on one’s laurels however and we have taken a good look at the brand’s latest model, the MED500X2 and its lot of innovations: the Internet services have been developed and USB 3.0 and a Gigabit network have been introduced

Pros

Multimedia compatibility / Audio HD Bitsream

Rapid networking speeds (though this is relative for the Gigabit)

Practical USB 3.0 port for copying large volumes of files

Display in the form of miniatures for all types of files

Video jukebox using Yadis for films

Cons

 No in-built video jukebox: you have to use third party software

Video jukebox: poor support for series

Mediocre support for external subtitles

Menus lack style

Web services still something of a gadget

Conclusion

This is an undeniably good media centre, which does what you ask of it. If you’re already equipped with its predecessor however, it doesn’t represent enough of a leap forward to justify the asking price. It’s also time that Mede8er gave its interface a serious makeover. Plus, the internet services need modernising and there should really be a built-in video jukebox by now.

Read the full review at digitalversus.com.

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