The KDLINKS HD700 Extreme FULL HD 3D Digital Media Player with Gigabit Network is here to bring all types of 3D content to your screen. 3D doesn’t just exist in the new television channels that are starting to spring up in response to mushrooming demand for this exciting entertainment. It should be noted immediately that this is neither a 3D TV, nor a television channel receiver. It is a media player that takes digital content and feeds it through to your 3D television.
Both 2D and 3D files can be played by the KDLINKS HD700 Extreme digital media player, so everything from 3D Blu-ray discs to ordinary YouTube videos can be played using this device. Its purpose is to bring these videos, plus slide shows of pictures in JPG, PNG, TIF, and other formats to your HD 3D TV screen, rather than needing to watch them on your computer monitor. Blu-ray ISO files can be played on the HD700, among many others.
If you happen to have an MKV file of a favorite 3D film, for example, you can transmit it through to appear in glorious, brilliant detail on TV screen, rather than watching it on the cramped confines of a 15” laptop screen.
The KDLINKS HD700 Extreme is easy to set up, with a “plug and play” style of installation and swift booting after it is turned on and connected. Several minutes may be needed for it to connect via USB to an external hard drive with media stored on it, but the player can also handle files on that type of device, too. When reading from a computer or the Internet, the KDLINKS is much faster, though even in the case of external hard drives, the wait is not long.
This digital media player includes built-in Wi-Fi, which enables it to stream content, including Blu-ray, straight from the Web to your 3D TV. The connection can support Gigabit speeds of 1,000 mbps. Other connectivity includes four USB ports, one SATA, and an HDMI 1.4 interface (the player comes with an HDMI cable). The adapter can handle anything from 110 to 240 volts of alternating current (AC).
A huge range of formats is supported by this digital media player. 1080p ISO and VOB files head the list, but there is much more to the KDLINKS Extreme than this. ASF, AVI, BDMV, BD-ISO, DAT, FLV, M2P, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MTS, SWF, TP, TRP, TS, and WMV are all within the player’s capabilities. Five video codecs, a range of audio formats, most of the commonest image formats, and anything you find on YouTube are rendered properly by this machine.
Picasa, Flickr, YouTube, and PPS are just a few of the Internet sites it can connect with your 3D TV, and there are many more, as well as the ability to add your favorites.
One detail that some might not notice, but which is appreciated by those who have used external hard drives with both aluminum cases and plastic shells is that the outer casing is, indeed, aluminum. The metal transmits heat very efficiently without the need for a fan, so the KDLINKS HD700 will not burn out prematurely during a marathon video session. Aluminum is also a bit more resistant to damage than plastic. Of course, the player is only a player, and a 3D TV and appropriate glasses must be supplied separately by the user to enjoy the experience to the full.
Problems of the KDLINKS HD700
The device is mostly a very solid piece of work that offers topnotch playback of a range of digital media files, but there are a few problems that potential users should be aware of. Most of these problems are fairly small, but could have some impact. For example, the remote control is a bit “clunky” to use with complex configurations and file handling. It can be used, but it takes some practice and may be inconvenient for guests who have not had experience with it.
There are several relatively minor playback glitches as well. For example, forced subtitles do not play when this digital media player is being used, whereas they usually will in Blu-ray players. Blu-ray menus also do not appear, especially on anything more advanced than two-dimensional BD 1.0 files.
However, the player does compensate for this by not playing movie previews at all, though this might be a problem for the occasional people who like to watch the previews thrust upon them at the start of every modern disc.
KDLINKS HD700 is an extremely versatile digital media player with great customer service
The KDLINKS HD700 Extreme FULL HD 3D media player is not only a generally well made and highly functional piece of entertainment electronics, it also comes with access to great customer service. The company is at pains to respond to every complaint, attend to the problem as quickly as possible, and offers a full refund in the rare cases when a difficulty is insoluble.
Holiday and weekend customer service is also available, with e-mails answered in a few hours in most cases year-round. Whether service this diligent can be maintained over the long run is difficult to say, but at this point, this is a bonus positive feature of the media player.
Final thoughts on KDLINKS HD700
This digital media player delivers powerfully on its intended purpose, which is playing a huge range of digital formats on a 3D TV screen. Both 2D and 3D media are played very well, with the two small drawbacks of lack of support for Blu-ray menus and the somewhat hard to use remote control.
The built-in Wi-Fi suits it perfectly to playing material straight from the Internet, including the supported YouTube. A huge assortment of audio is also covered, so if you are interested in playing back audio and video files from your digital library, the KDLINKS HD700 Extreme offers plenty of cutting-edge capacity to do exactly that.