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Buying advice: Mede8er MED1000X3D media player

Lots of features and solid build quality

The Mede8er MED1000X3D has left us with a mixed impression, which is true for most recent media players that we've reviewed. On the positive side there are lots of features, the menu is well-organised and user-friendly and reacts quickly to input from the remote. The build quality is solid, and it supports most file formats. See also: Group test: what's the best portable media player?

If we can be candid for a moment, we hope that Mede8er will make a future media player based on a chip from a different manufacturer. Mede8er has proven time and again it listens to the end user, and that it has a development team that is able to make the most of what they have to work with. The number of alternatives to the Realtek platform is much greater now than in 2008, when Mede8er was known for creating low-cost products.

Mede8er MED1000X3D review – 3D media player without Android

Most media players are still unable to playback 3D video files. Until now, the Prodigy by Xtreamer basically was the only option you had when looking for a player that can do this. Mede8er now has one as well, the MED1000X3D. Hardware.info tested this brand new media player, and was left with mixed emotions about the device.

The Mede8er MED1000X3D is only the second player with a Realtek RTD1186 processor. Even though Mede8er has taken its time with this one, it’s not as if a lot has happened since the introduction last year of that other media player that can playback 3D content, the Xtreamer Prodigy, which runs on Android, which the Mede8er does not do. At Hardware.Info, they weren’t entirely convinced about the use of Android on the Xtreamer, so it certainly isn’t disappointing that the MED1000X3D doesn’t have this particular feature. Realtek has indicated that it won’t support Android anyway, so the usefulness of Android on Realtek-based media players is questionable at best.

Mede8er MED1000X3D - a 3D player without Android

The Mede8er MED1000X3D has lots of features, the menu is well-organised and user-friendly and reacts quickly to input from the remote. The build quality is solid, and it supports most file formats. There are some drawbacks to this player though, according to Hardware.Info. For example, there was an issue with the fairly standard BDMV folders and ISOs, which it didn’t seem to like all that much. The finger-pointing at Realtek and future updates didn’t help either, even though it is the harsh reality for a manufacturer working with Realtek, but the fact remains that the MED1000X3D is launching more than six months after other media players based on the same chip, more than enough time to get things sorted. It may be a good idea for Mede8er to look for a different chip manufacturer for future media players.

Mede8er has proven time and again it listens to the end user, and that it has a development team that is able to make the most of what they have to work with. The number of alternatives to the Realtek platform is much greater now than in 2008, when Mede8er was known for creating low-cost products. Both the ARM and Intel architectures are more powerful than the MIPS architecture that Realtek uses. With an average price of around £160, the Mede8er MED1000X3D definitely can't be called cheap, especially since you can buy nettops including hard disk and RAM for only a little bit more.

Hardware.Info also asks a larger question, and that is whether dedicated media players still have their own niche. At this point, they still have that, but their role is shrinking with the advent of TVs and Blu-ray players with increasingly more Smart TV features, not to mention nettops.

All in all though, the Mede8er MED1000X3D is only one of very few media players currently available offering 3D playback, and in general isn’t a bad media player at all. Compared to the Xtreamer Prodigy, this is the better choice, according to Hardware.Info. If you want to know exactly why that is, you can read the entire review here.

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