Disgo's Mediabank can store all your multimedia content and plugs directly into your TV for quick-and-easy operation via a remote control.

Using the built-in USB 2.0 connection, you can hook up the Disgo Mediabank directly to your PC, where it will function much like any other 500GB external hard drive.

You could use the Disgo Mediabank for normal storage or backup purposes – but fill it with your music, photo and video collection and it becomes a media player capable of playing back all of your content, or most of it at least, via a TV independently of your computer.

The Disgo Mediabank will also accept memory cards so you can show photos or video straight from a digital camera. Or, you can also record directly to hard disk via the supplied AV cable, enabling you to record TV from a set-top box or perhaps your old VCR.

Once connected to a TV, you'll be greeted by the Disgo Mediabank's simple yet attractive-looking graphical menu allowing you to browse through your content by media type.

While this looks simple enough, delving any deeper into the Disgo Mediabank's system reveals some serious limitations. It's just not easy enough for the novice to use. If your media library is very large you may have difficulty finding the content you want as it lacks useful search facilities.

Copying files from a media card on to the internal hard drive can be achieved, but you would never work out how to do it without a thorough study of the Disgo Mediabank's manual.

The lack of any supplied PC software leaves it in the hands of the user to work out how to upload and manage their media, and if your content is in an unsupported format, such as .WMV, you'll have to convert it yourself. The documentation tells you where to find a PC utility to do this, but it's not provided in the Disgo Mediabank's box.

For a standard-definition device, the Disgo Mediabank's output quality is pretty good and in the hands of a reasonably savvy user this could be a useful device.

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Disgo Mediabank: Specs

  • Supported video formats: VOB, VCD, KVCD, SVCD, DIVX 3.11, DIVX 4.x, DIVX 5.x, XVID, MP4, DAT, AVI
  • Supported audio formats: MP2, MP3, WMA, AC3, AAC, WAV
  • Picture format: JPEG
  • Subtitle format: .SRT
  • Composite, component, S-video and VGA outputs supported
  • 500 GB internal hard drive
  • SD, MMC, CF Card slots
  • Infrared remote control
  • 165x165x55mm
  • 0.96kg
  • 2-year warranty
  • Supported video formats: VOB, VCD, KVCD, SVCD, DIVX 3.11, DIVX 4.x, DIVX 5.x, XVID, MP4, DAT, AVI
  • Supported audio formats: MP2, MP3, WMA, AC3, AAC, WAV
  • Picture format: JPEG
  • Subtitle format: .SRT
  • Composite, component, S-video and VGA outputs supported
  • 500 GB internal hard drive
  • SD, MMC, CF Card slots
  • Infrared remote control
  • 165x165x55mm
  • 0.96kg
  • 2-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

A useful but flawed product, the Disgo Mediabank performs its rather basic set of functions adequately, but really needs to be easier to use before it could be considered worthy of a living-room based setup.

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