The single best feature of the Wyplayer is its ability to save a show recorded on its hard drive to a USB card or portable hard drive. This is a real boon for people with portable media players or laptops who want to watch TV on the train, for example. Recordings are untouched from the Digital Video Broadcasting stream, so whatever device you use to play them back will need to support MPEG-2 video in the transport stream format.
While we were using the Wyplayer, we noticed that it was making some noise. There wasn't any audible fan noise, but we could hear the hard drive clunking away most of the time. If silence in home-cinema equipment is important to you, buy a Wyplayer without a hard drive, and fit your own quiet model.
We like the Wyplay Wyplayer a great deal. It's on the expensive side, but we can forgive that because it does so much, and it does pretty much everything really well.
We're really put out that the device won't output at 1080p. It seems such a pointless exercise to play 1080p video, and then downscale it to 1080i. It's not that we think there's anything wrong with 1080i, but we prefer 1080p because it cuts out many picture-processing problems.
The only other thing that gets our goat is the remote control. This device does everything you need it to, but the controller just makes all of it much harder than it needs to be. The remote that comes with the Popcorn Hour A-110 is far from brilliant, but, because it has a dedicated button for most features, it's not hard to use and feels more likeable as a result. If we could change one thing about the Wyplayer, it would certainly be the controller.
Edited by Charles Kloet