The Windows-only Iogear Portable Media Server Player GMD2025U120 is a small, self-contained, non-networkable external 2.5in hard drive that you attach to your PC's USB port; copy media files on to it, and then attach it to your TV or other display to render its contents.

The whole deal - drive, cables, remote, carrying case, and all - will easily fit into a briefcase or backpack. The Iogear Portable Media Server Player lacks an HDMI output, but you can hook it up via component or composite jacks on a TV - far more common inputs on hotel sets than HDMI or DVI, at any rate.

Although the Iogear Portable Media Server Player ships with a remote, it conveniently has a full complement of controls on the unit itself that allow you to control playback as well as to navigate the on-screen menu.

It's not all that uncomfortable to actually hold the drive in the palm of your hand like a remote and press the buttons. Just be careful not to drop it - the case has a spinning hard drive inside that will almost certainly sustain damage in a fall.

The Iogear Portable Media Server Player played all its supported files types (including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Xvid, DivX, MP3, WAV, and JPEG) without any glitches. The one on-screen error message we received was when we tried to play a 1080p DivX file whose resolution exceeds the Iogear's 720p output capability.

One inconvenience: the onboard video electronics apparently takes a fair amount of power, so the GMD2025U120 requires its AC adaptor to operate, even when plugged into a PC's powered USB port.

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Iogear Portable Media Server Player: Specs

  • Source data-sheet: ICEcat.biz
  • 2.5in hard disk drive capacity: 120GB
  • Compatible operating systems: Windows 2000/XP/VISTA
  • USB
  • 850g
  • 165x50x243mm
  • Operating temperature range (T-T): 5 - 35°C
  • Operating relative humidity range: 8 - 80%
  • Data transfer rate: 480Mbit/s
  • Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2, Xvid, Divx
  • IDX/SUB, SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB (type II), SMI, PSB
  • Jpg, Jpeg
  • Source data-sheet: ICEcat.biz
  • 2.5in hard disk drive capacity: 120GB
  • Compatible operating systems: Windows 2000/XP/VISTA
  • USB
  • 850g
  • 165x50x243mm
  • Operating temperature range (T-T): 5 - 35°C
  • Operating relative humidity range: 8 - 80%
  • Data transfer rate: 480Mbit/s
  • Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2, Xvid, Divx
  • IDX/SUB, SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB (type II), SMI, PSB
  • Jpg, Jpeg

OUR VERDICT

The Iogear Portable Media Server Player GMD2025U120 is a good, but expensive, solution. It's very portable, has controls on unit as well as remote, but is power hungry.

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