When it comes to displaying your digital media content, there are several ways to get the job done. Unfortunately, unless you go out and purchase a software package that is designed for converting this content to a DVD disk, most of your choices will end up with the watching of movies on your computer. Granted, many modern displays for the PC are getting larger and have better quality, but if you are like most folks, your PC is not in the immediate vicinity of your primary television.
Enter Mvix USA with a product that not only plays your content and natively supports a vast majority of the conversion methods currently in use, it also gives you enough power and flexibility to actually take the place of an HTPC system. All this plus the ability to connect to your home network to stream media is a very nice package rolled into one convenient box.
Additionally, the 780HD has its own operating system installed and is compatible with home PC systems using Windows XP/Vista, Linux and Mac OSX. This means that even if you don't happen to be a Windows person, you're not being left out in the dark. Also of note is that the OS in question is based on the Linux kernel, which means you can be assured of a reliable medium for your media center.
Major improvements made from the older 760 series include the support of SATA drives (but still keeping support for PATA drives) and the inclusion of the HDMI output method. While the support of newer drives is a nice addition, I truly looked forward to seeing the HDMI output in action. It goes without saying that I was pleased with it. Upconverting movies worked flawlessly on the fly and without any stuttering of the video or audio streams.
As far as cost is concerned, the MSRP is listed at $349US, but the 780HD can be found at online stores for closer to the $320 mark. While not a cheap addition to your entertainment center, it is still a lot cheaper than building your own HTPC to handle the same tasks. An added HDMI cable would have been nice, but you can pick them up online for just a few bucks.