ViewSonic VMP72 review

It might be lacking a hard disk, but this streamer more than makes up for it with its good price and easy-to-navigate menus Tested at £117.00

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Our Verdict

It might lack a hard disk, but this inexpensive streamer is more than decent considering the price

For

  • Simple menus
  • good price
  • good spec for the money

Against

  • No hard disk

If you already have a network attached storage (NAS) device you may well resent the idea of paying for a media streamer with a hard disk built-in.

If that's you, this disk-less ViewSonic may well be up your street.

The lack of a hard disk (and the low price tag) are evident in the lightweight feel of the unit, but it looks good and takes up very little space.

More importantly, other than the missing onboard storage, little in the way of specs has been sacrificed in order to keep the price down.

The ViewSonic matches the video format support of the more expensive players around, and like them will stretch to 1080p content.

iTunes users may be disappointed to learn that all of Apple's music formats (AAC, Apple Lossless and AIFF) are out, but pretty much any other format, from MP3 to FLAC and WAV, is in.

Good all-round performance
There's nothing particularly attractive about the menus, but they're fairly easy to navigate.

Initial setup is a doddle, and the VMP72 easily found all our files. And the performance is very good. There's occasionally a touch of noise and there's some judder to motion, but colours are balanced and detail levels respectably high.

Certainly, for the money it's a good performer. It's a similar story with standard-definition. It's a little flat where sound is concerned, but decently detailed.

If you are concerned about the lack of a hard disk, you can always add an inexpensive USB drive. All in all, then, a decent streamer at the price.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Brand NameViewsonic
Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberVMP72-P
Product NameViewSonic VMP72
Product ModelVMP72-P

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • VMP72-P Network Media Player
  • Remote Control

Network and Communication

Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
EthernetYes

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Audio

Audio FormatsWMA, MP3, FLAC, WAV, ADPCM
Sound SystemDolby Digital

Management and Protocols

ProtocolsUPnP

Physical Characteristics

Width204 mm
Depth40 mm
Height145.4 mm
ColourBlack
Dimensions145.4 mm (H): 204 mm (W): 40 mm (D)

Video

Scan Format1080p
Video FormatsMJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, WMV, AVI, TS, MPEG, VOB, IFO, TP, M2TS, MOV

Image

Image FormatsJPEG HD, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF