Has anyone looked at the Argosy HV359T?
I got one a couple of weeks ago and it is really impressive.
The Argosy has an internal SATA hard drive but I got one without a drive and added my own. You can get them with a pre-installed drive anywhere from 750GB to 1.5TB. Also it has a USB port so you can also attach an external USB drive.
It has network capability so you can play files from any shared folder on your network and you can connect the Argosy to your network using either a wired or wireless connection. The device also acts as a network drive in that you can access its hard drive from another computer on your network.
The HV359T model also has recording capability although the inputs are just composite. This is one of my only complaints. I wish it had component or HDMI input.
For outputs it has HDMI, component and composite with video upscaling to 1080i.
I've been backing up my DVDs to the device using DVDShrink in the DVD folder format because it does a quick conversion with good quality and I can have good control over the file size depending on the quality I want. However the HV359T supports a bunch of other file formats.
It also has photo slideshow (with music) and MP3 capability although I don't think I'll use that much. The one nice thing about the photo shows is that they display in high def.
I've seen standalone network hard drives that cost more than this device and the HV359T does what a network drive does plus you get all of the video I/O capabilities.
I know this probably sounds like a commercial but I really like this unit and I haven't seen much in the form of reviews online as of yet. Argosy has some other media players but the HV359T has the most functionality. My dream unit would be one with HDMI input and a better cooling fan to keep the temps down.