EGREAT EG-M35A Networked Media Tank
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The number of hardware media players in the market gets bigger everyday with improved models by a wide range of companies in the field and although Realtek has introduced their own Media Playback Chip Sigma Designs is the leading company in the field with their SMP86XX Chip range. Today’s review is about the latest EGREAT solution, the EG-M35A which at this time is their flagship model featuring the Sigma Designs SMP8635 Chip. EGREAT has been in this field for quite a few years and up until today none of their Media Players failed to do exactly as advertised so hopefully the EG-M35A will not be an exception to that.
EGREAT was established in August 2006 and is based in China. They have spent much on the R&D department in a continuous pursuit of perfection in arts and crafts and that ensures that they get high quality and innovative products. Their current product line includes multi-media hard-disk players, HD network HDD Players, Network storage servers, digital photo frames, advertising machines, USB video creator, USB DVR surveillance system and company accessories. Having already reviewed most Multimedia Network Tanks from EGREAT we have quite a good idea of what kind of performance to expect from their high quality and feature rich solutions.
The EG-M35A sports a different design from what EGREAT has gotten us used to while at the same time it uses the same internal HDD hot swap mechanism the older EG-M32B did. That aside we also find the usual additions like in most high end models such as BT Download, FTP upload/download and generally the usual NAS usability Sigma Design based solutions offer. My only concern is that this unit comes with the previous Sigma Designs chip and not the latest one and so i am pretty certain i will experience the same issue as all of the Sigma Designs based solutions up until now, meaning the freezing of media files encoded with a bitrate of over 13Mps, not that you can find many media files encoded with such high bitrate levels.