Mvix's Wireless HD MX-760HD boasts some nice capabilities. Besides supporting mainstream video formats such as MP4, DivX and XviD, the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD plays unusual formats such as ISO DVD images, DVD files, VCD files and streaming Mpeg2 DVD files. You can upgrade the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD with an internal 3.5in IDE hard drive, and it supports full, 1,080p HD video.

Unfortunately, the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD is an absurdly difficult device to set up and use. Nothing will help you with initial setup - not the onscreen menus; not the dense, overly complex documentation printed in a tiny typeface; and not the software on the CD (there isn't any). The Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD's documentation can be unreliable. It tells you to turn a screw clockwise when you should do the opposite, for example. This is followed by information for XP - but not Vista - setup. Vista online instructions either do not work in Home Premium or involve editing the Registry.

If you're sharing your media folders with Windows networking, the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD will find them. But the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD lacks support for UPnP servers, which mars otherwise good format support and exacerbates already poor usability. Without UPnP support, the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD can't use Windows Media Player to play any type of protected music files.

And without the organising capabilities of a server, you must drill through the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD's folders to find the videos and songs that you want to play - all identified exclusively by file name.

If you can't bring an ethernet cable into your home theatre, you'll have to configure the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD for Wi-Fi, which entails manually entering your network ID and your hexadecimal WEP password.

The Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD's menus are functional but text is presented in an ugly, monospaced font. Thankfully, video output generally looks good, while there's a very slight harshness to the sound output. The Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD supports full 1,080p HD.

Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD: Specs

  • SEM8621L processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • 8MB Flash memory
  • supports video: DivX (3/4/5), AVI, Xvid, Mpeg, VCD(DAT), DVD (VOB, IFO), ISO, WMV (WMV-9), ASF (WMV-9), TP,TS,TRP
  • supports audio: MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, PCM, AC3, DTS
  • supports image: BMP, Jpeg, PNG
  • Composite, S-Video, Component, DVI
  • audio output: analogue stereo RCA, 5.1-channel RCA, digital coaxial, optical
  • TV system NTSC, PAL, AUTO
  • USB 2.0
  • 802.11b/g/pre-N
  • 187x193x58mm
  • SEM8621L processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • 8MB Flash memory
  • supports video: DivX (3/4/5), AVI, Xvid, Mpeg, VCD(DAT), DVD (VOB, IFO), ISO, WMV (WMV-9), ASF (WMV-9), TP,TS,TRP
  • supports audio: MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, PCM, AC3, DTS
  • supports image: BMP, Jpeg, PNG
  • Composite, S-Video, Component, DVI
  • audio output: analogue stereo RCA, 5.1-channel RCA, digital coaxial, optical
  • TV system NTSC, PAL, AUTO
  • USB 2.0
  • 802.11b/g/pre-N
  • 187x193x58mm

OUR VERDICT

We liked being able to install our own hard drive. But, despite the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD's very good picture and audio quality, wide format support and hard drive option, design issues make the Mvix Wireless HD MX-760HD an iffy proposition for anyone but a true geek.

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