• Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
  • Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
  • Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
  • Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards
Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards

Micca MPLAY-HD Mini 1080P Full-HD Digital Media Player for USB Drives and SD Cards

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  • Make your TV smarter by adding the ability to play videos, music, and photo slideshows! The MPLAY-HD Mini is a low cost media player solution that can be used at home, in the office, or in an RV!
  • Equipped with HDMI and analog audio/video connections, the MPLAY-HD Mini provides universal compatibility with TVs and projectors.
  • Plays media files from USB drives or microSD cards. Automatic playback feature starts playing after power on. Resume capability lets you pick up watching a video right where you left off.
  • Compact design takes up minimal space. Optional IR extender cable (sold separately) allows the MPLAY-HD Mini to be hidden away behind a TV while still receiving remote control signal perfect for digital signage applications!
  • Supports MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4, ISO video files with MPEG4 or H.264/AVC encoding, up to 1920x1080p resolution and 30fps. IMPORTANT: DOES NOT SUPPORT HEVC/H.265, 10-bit MKV, and 4K videos.

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This thing is just cool as hellOK I have to say this little device is just very cool. I'm a 1950's sci-fi fan and I've wanted some place to store and play all my old movies. Well this thing does it. About the size of a deck of cards it has a micro SD slot and two 2.0 USB ports. I have a 32 gb SD card holding about 60 old movies and a bunch more on flash drives. I'm in the process now of converting all my DVD's to digital files and this thing will accept an external hard drive. a 1 Tb HDD should hold just about everything I own. Now I don't have to worry about losing any old movies on my DVR if I change cable service! Sweet!!!!Update - Just found out when you have two things plugged into the USB ports (cne in the front and one in the rear) you don't get any sound from the movies. I unplugged one of the USB flash drives and the sounds came out fine. Minor issue, but this shouldn't be the case in my opinion. Otherwise it's a nice little device.5Works great in my SUV!First off, I ve tried Fire sticks, Roku, Android boxes, etc.. This box beats them all for the following reasons:- It can be powered from USB (via a separate cord purchase)- It can use an RF remote (comes with IR, but 3 USB/RF remotes I purchased from Amazon for <$10 all worked)- It starts in less than 15 seconds and resumes playback in less than 20.- It supports my 4TB USB driveThe most critical of all these is the seamless startup of the devices. I get into my Cadillac Escalade and start it up and by the time I am in drive, the content has resumed for my kids. It is the perfect setup I have been looking for. No need to transcode video files either, this thing supports all the formats I could throw at it (didn t try 4K though). The only negatives at all are that the UI is kind of dated with only folder/file structure views and no cover art options that I could find. Also, some of the USB/RF remotes that I tried had limited button compatibility, but are still usable. Overall this is the perfect portable media player for a car or many other uses! It is EXTREMELY small and has two USB ports which I use for the RF remote receiver and the 4TB drive, all powered off my rear car built-in USB power! I have tried LOTS of options and for the speed of boot, size, RF (separate purchase), USB power (separate purchase), etc., this is the one to get!5I was always extremely happy with Micca PlayerI recently purchased two units of this product. I had previously used Micca Digital Media Player. I was always extremely happy with Micca Player. I connected two 4TB Hard drives to USB Port. The unit recognized both of them, and played flawlessly. The picture was sharp and same as the bluray disc which I had copied on my hard drive. I had music stored on these hard drives. The music also played flawlessly and was crisp and clear. I am amazed that this unit, which is a size of a credit card, delivers fantastic performance. I am going to buy two more units so that I have them if I need them.Micca also has done an outstanding job with this product and for its older Digital Media Player. In my view this unit beats competition. It is reliable, and very well put together. Congratulations Micca for the job well done for this unit. Your customers like myself will love this product. I believe that this unit most definitely deserves 5 Starts.5This thing is AWESOME!! and now perfect.Just got the player and LOVE IT! This thing is amazing! It just so easily works!! I was so happy this one now plays video files over 4 GB? I have many around 6-7 GB and the old player would shut off after 3/4 way through so I saw they had this one out and I ordered it.In a world of everything on a phone or online with videos and pictures flying through the air there is compression and lag and what not always degrading picture quality and problems streaming with slow connections. Well this thing is hardwired to what ever you want to play or show to someone and take anywhere! It is small and plays absolutely beautiful footage of whatever I throw at it! I think it actually displays my files better than when I play them on my computer with other player software! It also is super fast to load menus and files, has really handy remote with every function you could possibly want and super easy to use!! Did I say I love this thing?However, I do have one little problem, and I will work around until I guess they come out with a firmware update (I asked and they know about the problem). When I hit the fast forward button like 1.5x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, it will fast forward for a while but then revert back to just the regular play speed after only a few seconds of fast forward. I have been using the skip ahead 30 sec. button and that works nice, but would like to have the other option also.Go get yourself one! Load it up with whatever you want to have fun showing relatives, friends etc. and see for yourself how nice it works and fun it is to flip through your photo/video memories with so much ease and control!Thank you Micca for making such a awesome little inexpensive gadget!! I look forward to the 4k and h265 version some day.UPDATE: I am installing the firmware update that now fixes the problem mentioned above plus other improvements they made! It is perfect now! Thank you Micca! 5+++ !Can someone please give me a thumbs up on this review?? I feel like I write these things just for myself. Come on man!5Another nice feature is that the MPLAY-HD Mini allows for 2 ...I own both the MPLAY & SPEC-1 G2. Now, I own the MPLAY-HD Mini. New features allow easier scrolling by pressing the right & left sides of the big circle button :D Also, new is the zoom feature for movies, for photos though, I've yet to figure out how to make the little window go away when zooming.Another nice feature is that the MPLAY-HD Mini allows for 2 flash drive input devices (with the SPEC-1 you only had 1). With the SD input & the 2 flash drive inputs, you have a total of 3 inputs.Reading the manual it says that this product can use up to a 8TB external drive. I've used a 4TB external drive with no problems. Just a note: if you turn off the MPLAY-HD Mini using the remote control, the external drives are still spinning.My negatives about this device are small issues.One feature I liked about the SPEC-1 was the random movie select. The random movie feature is missing from the MPLAY-HD Mini. You have repeat 1, repeat all, but no repeat random for movies. It is possible firmware has been updated to include this feature. The second small issue I had was that when starting the MPLAY-HD Mini seems to load a little slower on startup. Maybe this is due to the extra flash drive input. My third small issue was the power plug for the unit is a space hog and can only be use on the end of my power strip. The SPEC-1 power plug was more elegant and could be use anywhere on my power strip.Overall I like my new MPLAY-HD Mini. I look forward to the next generation which might include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4K features.4Has an "Eye Piercing" blue power indicator light. Works with Mac Videos.The Negatives:The Micca MPLAY-HD Mini has an "Eye Piercing" blue Power On LED. (It Should be a red or green LED.) The blue light is a distraction. "Power On" indicator lights should be red or perhaps green, NEVER blue. Google > Blue lights unhealthy < and draw your own conclusions. If I could figure out how to open this thing up I would explore correcting the LED color. (Some Red translucent tape may be in my future.)This player will not Fast-Forward properly when playing an iso or img movie. It will drop out of Fast-Forward all by itself after just 3-5 seconds. Most annoying when you're trying to find a spot in a movie. It may have this issue with other file formats, I haven't checked everything. This problem does not occur when playing Video_TS files. With my Mac I can convert videos from iso or img to Video_TS but I would rather not have to take this step.Although at the beginning of a video you can select Chapters. (It starts the same way a DVD or Blu-ray would start. ) Unfortunately, once the videos starts you cannot jump to the next chapter by pressing the "Next" or "Previous" buttons on the remote control. This forces you to use Fast-Forward. Not much fun when you're trying to get near the end of a three hour movie.Some movies are not sized properly on the screen on SOME televisions. I had a problem with this issue on one of five televisions tested. I notice this particularly on widescreen movies. The remote does have a Zoom feature. Unfortunately, this makes the picture a little too big. On my home television I can make adjustments to get a good fit. However, hotel televisions are often crippled and you may not be able to access those picture features when traveling. The Zoom is, 1X, 2X, 4X, and 8X. They should drop the 8X and add a 1.5X.The Good:No 4GB limit, I am playing 20GB movies.It does not add any "hidden files" (aka ghost files). Mac users with older Player versions (Micca Speck G2) from would complain about this.I format USB sticks as 'ExFat' from my Mac's built in Disk Utility program. Unlike windows, a Mac can work with virtually any file formats, including old-fashioned ExFat. (Apple uses APFS for solid-state drives because it is much more efficient.)Easy-to-follow menu system. I checked for a firmware update. As of this writing there are none. My unit came with the initial release firmware which is still the current version.Conclusion:This is NOT a replacement for your Multi-Region Oppo blu-ray player. However, it could prove to be useful when traveling due to the small size.The Micca MPLAY-HD Mini could easily rate 5 stars if they would change the 'Power On' LED to red, and fix the glitches outlined above with a firmware update.The product is made in Communist China.4Weird inconsistencies. Too pricy for all the issues.EDIT: 12/29 - For whatever reason I havent run into most of the problems in the past few weeks. Theres still slowdown when opening large folders and it freezes sometimes still, its not as frequent as when I first bought it. I dunno if it was a firmware update or something else but it seems to be working better.Pros: It does what it is supposed to for the most part.As far as I know it plays the most video/audio file types you can find on digital media players.Cons: When Im playing something sometimes it just ends up randomly pausing...I even took the batteries out of the remote and it just sometimes randomly pauses anyway, some weird inconsistent fault or something. It also has a tendency to freeze every so often as well, especially when loading big folders. Some media the audio and video start out of sync, and I play them on my PC to ensure it's not the file themselves but the player.When it works well it works well. But these hiccups keep coming back...not enough to justify going through the hassle of a return but enough to disappoint and annoy - especially when the thing costs 50 dollars. You could get a good Roku for that price without these problems. It feels like it's a beta version or some incomplete product...I checked out Micca's website and they dont even sell this version anymore, just the Speck. And I've heard similar issues with the Speck except it plays less file types.If it cost like 20-30 dollars I'd give it 4 stars because I could justify it being some offbrand item with problems but this just feels incomplete for something this expensive. I'm definitely gonna look into other digital media players and probably update this post.4Excellent Player, Beats Out Built-In Media Player on Smart TVHistory: I've been a bit hesitant to get one of these. I have a Visio smart TV that's around 5-6 years old. While it works great, I have a lot of shows and movies I like to watch stored on my computer and it does play them via USB flash drive sometimes. The extension has to be a .mp4 or a .m4v or the TV won't even show it on the list. I have a lot of .mkv and after a bit of research, I learned you could simply change the extension of a .mkv to a .mp4 and it works most of the time. Sometimes the video would play, but it would have a problem with the audio codec and there was no sound. Okay, so I just run it through a converter, except of course this takes anywhere from half an hour to several hours per video. Oh, and when I call up the media player on the TV, it won't recognize 128GB or larger flash drives and the more videos you have on the drive, the longer it takes to display on the TV - up to a couple of minutes. So I'm ready to sit down and watch a video and it's always a roll of the dice as to how long it take to just see the list of videos on the TV and whether or not they'll play. I recently had a problem with the 32GB flash drive I was using, so I transferred everything to a 128GB drive and the TV couldn't see it. Transferred one video to smaller drives twice and twice the video played to exact same spot and froze even though the timer kept running. I had enough and decided to give this a try.Review: I've been researching these on and off for a year. I was set to buy the older version for ten bucks less, but it would take several days whereas the new one was available next day, so I went with the new one. A very quick comparison between the two: the new one has a micoSD card slot whereas the old one uses a standard SD slot; new one has newer firmware (although I imagine both can easily be upgraded, more on that later); I *think* the old one uses a coin battery for the remote whereas the new one uses two AAA batteries (I read about remote complaints that ultimately came from poor batteries shipped with the remote). In addition to the remote problems, I read about fast forward issues that could be fixed with newer firmware.So I received the unit and took it out of the box. Nice, simple, solid-feeling. I was expecting a coin battery for the remote and was ready to test the battery before I put it in, but low and behold, it requires two AAA batteries that were not included. Perfectly fine by me, I keep good brand name batteries stocked at home, so I knew the batteries going into the remote were reliable from the get-go, though I tested them before I installed them to be extra sure. Next, I hooked it up to my TV then stopped and went to the manufacturer's website to get the latest firmware. It's miccatron dot com. From there you select the device you have from the home page, then, on the product page, scroll to the bottom and click on the downloads tab. Under Firmware, click on Download. File is zipped, so once you download it, unzip it and save the .img file to a USB flash drive. Don't put it in a folder in the flash drive or the player may not see it. From there put it into the media player, go into the menu and choose update firmware. Before commencing, the player will display the version of the firmware currently on the player and the version of the new firmware on the flash drive. I attempted to look at the downloaded firmware file as well as the setting menu in the player to see which version each one was, but it's not clear from the names. However, once you choose to update the firmware, you'll be shown which version you have and which you're about to load beforehand. I had something like version 3.89 whereas the new firmware was 3.93, so I went ahead and updated it before I used the player. The instructions are a little confusing as step 3 says select update firmware and press okay but step 4 says if you want to do it manually, press the little reset button on the player. Step 4 should really be in parenthesis at the end of step 3 or simply added as an aside at the bottom of the instructions. There is no need to press the reset button on the player to install the firmware if in the update menu and you're allowed to select the old or new firmware.Okay, so how does it work? Well, I've only used it for a couple of days, but so far it's been excellent! The picture quality is superb and the video that was always freezing when using the TV media player had zero issues on the Micca. It takes next to no time to turn on. It's now faster for me to turn on the TV, switch inputs via TV remote, turn on the Micca and get into the USB flash drive files. The Visio TV media player would bypass any and all folder names and display every file in a random order. So if I had 150 videos, the TV would display about ten of them on one page, so I'd have to scroll through 15 pages of video names in no discernible order. With the Micca, you have to choose USB, then video, then you're presented your files like you'd see on your computer, folder names and all. To boot, they're in alphabetical order so it's easy to navigate to want you want quickly. When the player is on, the blue LED is on, when it is off, there is a red LED. Both are a little bright, especially the blue, but I always have some ambient light on, so it's not distracting or blinding. If you watch TV with all the lights off, then it could be an annoyance. Based on the reviews I read, I was prepared to pop it open and replace the resistor inside with a bigger one to reduce the brightness, but the player is well sealed - no removing a few screws from the bottom to open it. If this is a big problem for you, I'd suggest covering the LED with a small piece of electrical tape - just enough to cover the LED - too big a piece and you'll cover up the remote sensor. As best I could tell, when the player is off (red LED), the USB drive is powered off as well - the one I used doesn't have a light, but it was cool to the touch - it usually gets warm when powered up. I was a bit worried the USB drive would be powered 24/7 if left in the player which would ultimately shorten its life, but this does not appear to be the case here. Awesome sauce. Ultimately, this is a great player and much less cumbersome than hooking up an old laptop to the TV, waiting for it to boot every time I want to watch a video, then having a special remote or keyboard with a mousepad laying in the living room.5Defective audio outputUnfortunately the MPLAY-HD has defective audio, with sharp pops or clicks emitted at irregular intervals when playing MP4 files to a TV connected to its HDMI output. I have not tried its analog audio output. This problem occurred on 2 units that I have purchased. When playing the same MP4 files on the older Micca Speck G2 unit and in software players like VLC, there are no pops or clicks.I purchased several of these units as Christmas presents to replace Micca Speck G2 units I had previously given to family as well as one for myself. I have previously used the Micca Speck G2 player and highly recommend it. This unit addresses 2 key limitations of the older model. It works with GPT partitioned drives, meaning USB hard drives greater than 2 TB in size. The G2 model only works with MBR partitioned drives, which are limited to 2 TB in size. It plays MP4 files greater than 4 GB in size. The G2 unit does not. Most HD movies produce MP4 files that are >4 GB. However, the G2 unit does play MKV file that are >4 GB, and there are free utilities available on the internet that can convert MP4 files to MKV files in a lossless manner. Because of these improvements, I was eager to purchase the MPLAY-HD as a replacement for the Speck G2. Unfortunately, I discovered the audio issue when I began to use my new MPLAY-HD. I had hoped it was simply a bad unit, and purchased a second unit for myself. It has the same problem, producing pops and clicks at the same points as the first unit. Video (picture) playback is impeccable, but the sound problem renders the MPLAY-HD unit unusable.1Closest thing for turning a TV into a digital photo frame aside from a micro-PCThis unit works as advertised (and has features a cheaper competitor didn't)! It shuffles photos as requested AND properly rotates them without stretching, plus the picture is sharp!The auto-run feature means if I cut the power (switched outlet or pull the plug) and restore it, it will resume playback, but 1) it takes a while--be patient; and 2) in shuffle mode it tends to always play the first picture on the drive first, then go to a random pic after the preset time. (The 32" LCD TV I'm using does the same: if TV is on when power is cut, it also comes on when power is restored; together, I can run these on a small Christmas light timer.)Would prefer an on-board timer/schedule function, but switching the power for both is probably a better solution. (If the player turned off, the TV would eventually time out, turn off, and need to be manually turned on the next day; a physical timer running both makes it all automatic.)Haven't tried the video or music functions (yet).Note that the only connections are HDMI or composite analog video; no VGA on this one. When I first envisioned this setup, I was going to use an old VGA monitor and use the TV with the PC, so this unit wouldn't work. As it turns out, the PC doesn't like the TV at all (won't boot), using VGA or HDMI, so I had to put the small monitor back and now this TV is the photo display!If you've got a spare, compatible screen, this is WAY cheaper than any digital frame and the interface is almost as good as a Nixplay. Don't shell out $150-$200 for a 15" when you can turn your 20" TV into the same thing for only $50!5
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Description
  • Make your TV smarter by adding the ability to play videos, music, and photo slideshows! The MPLAY-HD Mini is a low cost media player solution that can be used at home, in the office, or in an RV!
  • Equipped with HDMI and analog audio/video connections, the MPLAY-HD Mini provides universal compatibility with TVs and projectors.
  • Plays media files from USB drives or microSD cards. Automatic playback feature starts playing after power on. Resume capability lets you pick up watching a video right where you left off.
  • Compact design takes up minimal space. Optional IR extender cable (sold separately) allows the MPLAY-HD Mini to be hidden away behind a TV while still receiving remote control signal perfect for digital signage applications!
  • Supports MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4, ISO video files with MPEG4 or H.264/AVC encoding, up to 1920x1080p resolution and 30fps. IMPORTANT: DOES NOT SUPPORT HEVC/H.265, 10-bit MKV, and 4K videos.
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Customer Reviews

This thing is just cool as hellOK I have to say this little device is just very cool. I'm a 1950's sci-fi fan and I've wanted some place to store and play all my old movies. Well this thing does it. About the size of a deck of cards it has a micro SD slot and two 2.0 USB ports. I have a 32 gb SD card holding about 60 old movies and a bunch more on flash drives. I'm in the process now of converting all my DVD's to digital files and this thing will accept an external hard drive. a 1 Tb HDD should hold just about everything I own. Now I don't have to worry about losing any old movies on my DVR if I change cable service! Sweet!!!!Update - Just found out when you have two things plugged into the USB ports (cne in the front and one in the rear) you don't get any sound from the movies. I unplugged one of the USB flash drives and the sounds came out fine. Minor issue, but this shouldn't be the case in my opinion. Otherwise it's a nice little device.5Works great in my SUV!First off, I ve tried Fire sticks, Roku, Android boxes, etc.. This box beats them all for the following reasons:- It can be powered from USB (via a separate cord purchase)- It can use an RF remote (comes with IR, but 3 USB/RF remotes I purchased from Amazon for <$10 all worked)- It starts in less than 15 seconds and resumes playback in less than 20.- It supports my 4TB USB driveThe most critical of all these is the seamless startup of the devices. I get into my Cadillac Escalade and start it up and by the time I am in drive, the content has resumed for my kids. It is the perfect setup I have been looking for. No need to transcode video files either, this thing supports all the formats I could throw at it (didn t try 4K though). The only negatives at all are that the UI is kind of dated with only folder/file structure views and no cover art options that I could find. Also, some of the USB/RF remotes that I tried had limited button compatibility, but are still usable. Overall this is the perfect portable media player for a car or many other uses! It is EXTREMELY small and has two USB ports which I use for the RF remote receiver and the 4TB drive, all powered off my rear car built-in USB power! I have tried LOTS of options and for the speed of boot, size, RF (separate purchase), USB power (separate purchase), etc., this is the one to get!5I was always extremely happy with Micca PlayerI recently purchased two units of this product. I had previously used Micca Digital Media Player. I was always extremely happy with Micca Player. I connected two 4TB Hard drives to USB Port. The unit recognized both of them, and played flawlessly. The picture was sharp and same as the bluray disc which I had copied on my hard drive. I had music stored on these hard drives. The music also played flawlessly and was crisp and clear. I am amazed that this unit, which is a size of a credit card, delivers fantastic performance. I am going to buy two more units so that I have them if I need them.Micca also has done an outstanding job with this product and for its older Digital Media Player. In my view this unit beats competition. It is reliable, and very well put together. Congratulations Micca for the job well done for this unit. Your customers like myself will love this product. I believe that this unit most definitely deserves 5 Starts.5This thing is AWESOME!! and now perfect.Just got the player and LOVE IT! This thing is amazing! It just so easily works!! I was so happy this one now plays video files over 4 GB? I have many around 6-7 GB and the old player would shut off after 3/4 way through so I saw they had this one out and I ordered it.In a world of everything on a phone or online with videos and pictures flying through the air there is compression and lag and what not always degrading picture quality and problems streaming with slow connections. Well this thing is hardwired to what ever you want to play or show to someone and take anywhere! It is small and plays absolutely beautiful footage of whatever I throw at it! I think it actually displays my files better than when I play them on my computer with other player software! It also is super fast to load menus and files, has really handy remote with every function you could possibly want and super easy to use!! Did I say I love this thing?However, I do have one little problem, and I will work around until I guess they come out with a firmware update (I asked and they know about the problem). When I hit the fast forward button like 1.5x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, it will fast forward for a while but then revert back to just the regular play speed after only a few seconds of fast forward. I have been using the skip ahead 30 sec. button and that works nice, but would like to have the other option also.Go get yourself one! Load it up with whatever you want to have fun showing relatives, friends etc. and see for yourself how nice it works and fun it is to flip through your photo/video memories with so much ease and control!Thank you Micca for making such a awesome little inexpensive gadget!! I look forward to the 4k and h265 version some day.UPDATE: I am installing the firmware update that now fixes the problem mentioned above plus other improvements they made! It is perfect now! Thank you Micca! 5+++ !Can someone please give me a thumbs up on this review?? I feel like I write these things just for myself. Come on man!5Another nice feature is that the MPLAY-HD Mini allows for 2 ...I own both the MPLAY & SPEC-1 G2. Now, I own the MPLAY-HD Mini. New features allow easier scrolling by pressing the right & left sides of the big circle button :D Also, new is the zoom feature for movies, for photos though, I've yet to figure out how to make the little window go away when zooming.Another nice feature is that the MPLAY-HD Mini allows for 2 flash drive input devices (with the SPEC-1 you only had 1). With the SD input & the 2 flash drive inputs, you have a total of 3 inputs.Reading the manual it says that this product can use up to a 8TB external drive. I've used a 4TB external drive with no problems. Just a note: if you turn off the MPLAY-HD Mini using the remote control, the external drives are still spinning.My negatives about this device are small issues.One feature I liked about the SPEC-1 was the random movie select. The random movie feature is missing from the MPLAY-HD Mini. You have repeat 1, repeat all, but no repeat random for movies. It is possible firmware has been updated to include this feature. The second small issue I had was that when starting the MPLAY-HD Mini seems to load a little slower on startup. Maybe this is due to the extra flash drive input. My third small issue was the power plug for the unit is a space hog and can only be use on the end of my power strip. The SPEC-1 power plug was more elegant and could be use anywhere on my power strip.Overall I like my new MPLAY-HD Mini. I look forward to the next generation which might include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 4K features.4Has an "Eye Piercing" blue power indicator light. Works with Mac Videos.The Negatives:The Micca MPLAY-HD Mini has an "Eye Piercing" blue Power On LED. (It Should be a red or green LED.) The blue light is a distraction. "Power On" indicator lights should be red or perhaps green, NEVER blue. Google > Blue lights unhealthy < and draw your own conclusions. If I could figure out how to open this thing up I would explore correcting the LED color. (Some Red translucent tape may be in my future.)This player will not Fast-Forward properly when playing an iso or img movie. It will drop out of Fast-Forward all by itself after just 3-5 seconds. Most annoying when you're trying to find a spot in a movie. It may have this issue with other file formats, I haven't checked everything. This problem does not occur when playing Video_TS files. With my Mac I can convert videos from iso or img to Video_TS but I would rather not have to take this step.Although at the beginning of a video you can select Chapters. (It starts the same way a DVD or Blu-ray would start. ) Unfortunately, once the videos starts you cannot jump to the next chapter by pressing the "Next" or "Previous" buttons on the remote control. This forces you to use Fast-Forward. Not much fun when you're trying to get near the end of a three hour movie.Some movies are not sized properly on the screen on SOME televisions. I had a problem with this issue on one of five televisions tested. I notice this particularly on widescreen movies. The remote does have a Zoom feature. Unfortunately, this makes the picture a little too big. On my home television I can make adjustments to get a good fit. However, hotel televisions are often crippled and you may not be able to access those picture features when traveling. The Zoom is, 1X, 2X, 4X, and 8X. They should drop the 8X and add a 1.5X.The Good:No 4GB limit, I am playing 20GB movies.It does not add any "hidden files" (aka ghost files). Mac users with older Player versions (Micca Speck G2) from would complain about this.I format USB sticks as 'ExFat' from my Mac's built in Disk Utility program. Unlike windows, a Mac can work with virtually any file formats, including old-fashioned ExFat. (Apple uses APFS for solid-state drives because it is much more efficient.)Easy-to-follow menu system. I checked for a firmware update. As of this writing there are none. My unit came with the initial release firmware which is still the current version.Conclusion:This is NOT a replacement for your Multi-Region Oppo blu-ray player. However, it could prove to be useful when traveling due to the small size.The Micca MPLAY-HD Mini could easily rate 5 stars if they would change the 'Power On' LED to red, and fix the glitches outlined above with a firmware update.The product is made in Communist China.4Weird inconsistencies. Too pricy for all the issues.EDIT: 12/29 - For whatever reason I havent run into most of the problems in the past few weeks. Theres still slowdown when opening large folders and it freezes sometimes still, its not as frequent as when I first bought it. I dunno if it was a firmware update or something else but it seems to be working better.Pros: It does what it is supposed to for the most part.As far as I know it plays the most video/audio file types you can find on digital media players.Cons: When Im playing something sometimes it just ends up randomly pausing...I even took the batteries out of the remote and it just sometimes randomly pauses anyway, some weird inconsistent fault or something. It also has a tendency to freeze every so often as well, especially when loading big folders. Some media the audio and video start out of sync, and I play them on my PC to ensure it's not the file themselves but the player.When it works well it works well. But these hiccups keep coming back...not enough to justify going through the hassle of a return but enough to disappoint and annoy - especially when the thing costs 50 dollars. You could get a good Roku for that price without these problems. It feels like it's a beta version or some incomplete product...I checked out Micca's website and they dont even sell this version anymore, just the Speck. And I've heard similar issues with the Speck except it plays less file types.If it cost like 20-30 dollars I'd give it 4 stars because I could justify it being some offbrand item with problems but this just feels incomplete for something this expensive. I'm definitely gonna look into other digital media players and probably update this post.4Excellent Player, Beats Out Built-In Media Player on Smart TVHistory: I've been a bit hesitant to get one of these. I have a Visio smart TV that's around 5-6 years old. While it works great, I have a lot of shows and movies I like to watch stored on my computer and it does play them via USB flash drive sometimes. The extension has to be a .mp4 or a .m4v or the TV won't even show it on the list. I have a lot of .mkv and after a bit of research, I learned you could simply change the extension of a .mkv to a .mp4 and it works most of the time. Sometimes the video would play, but it would have a problem with the audio codec and there was no sound. Okay, so I just run it through a converter, except of course this takes anywhere from half an hour to several hours per video. Oh, and when I call up the media player on the TV, it won't recognize 128GB or larger flash drives and the more videos you have on the drive, the longer it takes to display on the TV - up to a couple of minutes. So I'm ready to sit down and watch a video and it's always a roll of the dice as to how long it take to just see the list of videos on the TV and whether or not they'll play. I recently had a problem with the 32GB flash drive I was using, so I transferred everything to a 128GB drive and the TV couldn't see it. Transferred one video to smaller drives twice and twice the video played to exact same spot and froze even though the timer kept running. I had enough and decided to give this a try.Review: I've been researching these on and off for a year. I was set to buy the older version for ten bucks less, but it would take several days whereas the new one was available next day, so I went with the new one. A very quick comparison between the two: the new one has a micoSD card slot whereas the old one uses a standard SD slot; new one has newer firmware (although I imagine both can easily be upgraded, more on that later); I *think* the old one uses a coin battery for the remote whereas the new one uses two AAA batteries (I read about remote complaints that ultimately came from poor batteries shipped with the remote). In addition to the remote problems, I read about fast forward issues that could be fixed with newer firmware.So I received the unit and took it out of the box. Nice, simple, solid-feeling. I was expecting a coin battery for the remote and was ready to test the battery before I put it in, but low and behold, it requires two AAA batteries that were not included. Perfectly fine by me, I keep good brand name batteries stocked at home, so I knew the batteries going into the remote were reliable from the get-go, though I tested them before I installed them to be extra sure. Next, I hooked it up to my TV then stopped and went to the manufacturer's website to get the latest firmware. It's miccatron dot com. From there you select the device you have from the home page, then, on the product page, scroll to the bottom and click on the downloads tab. Under Firmware, click on Download. File is zipped, so once you download it, unzip it and save the .img file to a USB flash drive. Don't put it in a folder in the flash drive or the player may not see it. From there put it into the media player, go into the menu and choose update firmware. Before commencing, the player will display the version of the firmware currently on the player and the version of the new firmware on the flash drive. I attempted to look at the downloaded firmware file as well as the setting menu in the player to see which version each one was, but it's not clear from the names. However, once you choose to update the firmware, you'll be shown which version you have and which you're about to load beforehand. I had something like version 3.89 whereas the new firmware was 3.93, so I went ahead and updated it before I used the player. The instructions are a little confusing as step 3 says select update firmware and press okay but step 4 says if you want to do it manually, press the little reset button on the player. Step 4 should really be in parenthesis at the end of step 3 or simply added as an aside at the bottom of the instructions. There is no need to press the reset button on the player to install the firmware if in the update menu and you're allowed to select the old or new firmware.Okay, so how does it work? Well, I've only used it for a couple of days, but so far it's been excellent! The picture quality is superb and the video that was always freezing when using the TV media player had zero issues on the Micca. It takes next to no time to turn on. It's now faster for me to turn on the TV, switch inputs via TV remote, turn on the Micca and get into the USB flash drive files. The Visio TV media player would bypass any and all folder names and display every file in a random order. So if I had 150 videos, the TV would display about ten of them on one page, so I'd have to scroll through 15 pages of video names in no discernible order. With the Micca, you have to choose USB, then video, then you're presented your files like you'd see on your computer, folder names and all. To boot, they're in alphabetical order so it's easy to navigate to want you want quickly. When the player is on, the blue LED is on, when it is off, there is a red LED. Both are a little bright, especially the blue, but I always have some ambient light on, so it's not distracting or blinding. If you watch TV with all the lights off, then it could be an annoyance. Based on the reviews I read, I was prepared to pop it open and replace the resistor inside with a bigger one to reduce the brightness, but the player is well sealed - no removing a few screws from the bottom to open it. If this is a big problem for you, I'd suggest covering the LED with a small piece of electrical tape - just enough to cover the LED - too big a piece and you'll cover up the remote sensor. As best I could tell, when the player is off (red LED), the USB drive is powered off as well - the one I used doesn't have a light, but it was cool to the touch - it usually gets warm when powered up. I was a bit worried the USB drive would be powered 24/7 if left in the player which would ultimately shorten its life, but this does not appear to be the case here. Awesome sauce. Ultimately, this is a great player and much less cumbersome than hooking up an old laptop to the TV, waiting for it to boot every time I want to watch a video, then having a special remote or keyboard with a mousepad laying in the living room.5Defective audio outputUnfortunately the MPLAY-HD has defective audio, with sharp pops or clicks emitted at irregular intervals when playing MP4 files to a TV connected to its HDMI output. I have not tried its analog audio output. This problem occurred on 2 units that I have purchased. When playing the same MP4 files on the older Micca Speck G2 unit and in software players like VLC, there are no pops or clicks.I purchased several of these units as Christmas presents to replace Micca Speck G2 units I had previously given to family as well as one for myself. I have previously used the Micca Speck G2 player and highly recommend it. This unit addresses 2 key limitations of the older model. It works with GPT partitioned drives, meaning USB hard drives greater than 2 TB in size. The G2 model only works with MBR partitioned drives, which are limited to 2 TB in size. It plays MP4 files greater than 4 GB in size. The G2 unit does not. Most HD movies produce MP4 files that are >4 GB. However, the G2 unit does play MKV file that are >4 GB, and there are free utilities available on the internet that can convert MP4 files to MKV files in a lossless manner. Because of these improvements, I was eager to purchase the MPLAY-HD as a replacement for the Speck G2. Unfortunately, I discovered the audio issue when I began to use my new MPLAY-HD. I had hoped it was simply a bad unit, and purchased a second unit for myself. It has the same problem, producing pops and clicks at the same points as the first unit. Video (picture) playback is impeccable, but the sound problem renders the MPLAY-HD unit unusable.1Closest thing for turning a TV into a digital photo frame aside from a micro-PCThis unit works as advertised (and has features a cheaper competitor didn't)! It shuffles photos as requested AND properly rotates them without stretching, plus the picture is sharp!The auto-run feature means if I cut the power (switched outlet or pull the plug) and restore it, it will resume playback, but 1) it takes a while--be patient; and 2) in shuffle mode it tends to always play the first picture on the drive first, then go to a random pic after the preset time. (The 32" LCD TV I'm using does the same: if TV is on when power is cut, it also comes on when power is restored; together, I can run these on a small Christmas light timer.)Would prefer an on-board timer/schedule function, but switching the power for both is probably a better solution. (If the player turned off, the TV would eventually time out, turn off, and need to be manually turned on the next day; a physical timer running both makes it all automatic.)Haven't tried the video or music functions (yet).Note that the only connections are HDMI or composite analog video; no VGA on this one. When I first envisioned this setup, I was going to use an old VGA monitor and use the TV with the PC, so this unit wouldn't work. As it turns out, the PC doesn't like the TV at all (won't boot), using VGA or HDMI, so I had to put the small monitor back and now this TV is the photo display!If you've got a spare, compatible screen, this is WAY cheaper than any digital frame and the interface is almost as good as a Nixplay. Don't shell out $150-$200 for a 15" when you can turn your 20" TV into the same thing for only $50!5
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