|Iomega 34200 USB 2.0/AV 500GB ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive
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The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive 500GB is a high definition multimedia player plus a high capacity storage device for your media collections of photos, videos, and music files in a compact, sleek black finish to complement your home theatre system. Long - Enjoy the convenience of watching digital files on your home theatre or TV without being connected to the computer! The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive is a cost effective, high definition multimedia player plus a high capacity storage device for your media collections of photos, videos, and music files. In a compact, sleek black style to complement your home entertainment system, the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive includes an HDMI connection and is compatible with the latest media formats such as MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG. NTSC - 480i/480p/720p/1080i AV connections - SCART (RGB), HDMI, Composite video and audio R/L, Component video Y, Pb, Pr, and Coaxial S/PDIF output System Requirements - Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional, XP Professional x64, and Windows Vista Dimensions - 7.7 x2.3 x 5 Weight - 2 pounds
With the Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia 500 GB Drive, you can watch and listen to digital media files on your home theater or TV without being connected to your computer. With a sleek and compact black style that will complement your home entertainment system, this multimedia player will let you watch your favorite movies and listen to your favorite songs, all from the comfort of your couch.
Storage and Multimedia Player in One
Watch all your digital media files on your home theater system. View larger.
The remote slides into the bottom of the drive for easy storage. View larger. View remote.
The ScreenPlay has 500 GB of storage that can be connected to a computer via USB 2.0, allowing for fast data transfers. Once your media files are on the drive, they can be played back on your standard television or home theater system without the need for a computer. The ScreenPlay supports all the popular audio, video, and photo formats, so you never have to worry about missing out. The drive includes a playlist manager, and you can play music during a slideshow.
The ScreenPlay supports the following file formats: MP3, AC3, WMA, WAV, and OGG audio formats; MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), and MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) video formats; and the JPEG photo format. For the best picture and video resolution, the ScreenPlay includes an HDMI connection, but it can also connect to your home theater system via the following: SCART (R GB); composite video and audio R/L; component video Y, Pb, and Pr; and Coaxial S/PDIF output.
Sleek, Contemporary Style
The Iomega ScreenPlay is a sleek and compact black box that is designed to complement your home theater system. It features dedicated buttons on the front panel and has a small footprint that will allow it to fit nicely with your home theater components. The drive also includes a handy remote control, so you can navigate through your files from the comfort of your couch. The remote control slides into the bottom of the drive for convenient and elegant storage.
Easy-to-use software is included to make setup as simple as possible. The ScreenPlay requires a PC with Windows 2000 or later and supports both the NTFS and FAT32 file systems.
The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia 500 GB Drive is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
500 GB ScreenPlay HD Drive, remote control, power supply, USB cable, composite video cable, component video cable, quick install guide, solutions CD with user manual, help files, and playlist manager software.
The elegant Screenplay HD fits in the decor of any home.
- Convenient - Enjoy watching digital files on your home theatre or TV without being connected to the computer
- Cost Effective Multimedia player/hard drive storage
- Audio Media Formats - MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding) and WAV
- Video Media Formats - MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4
- Photo Formats - JPEG
- great for music and pictures, lousy for movies
The manual is very basic and only has less than one page of instructions in English. You will have to go the Iomega website for any install issues. My music and pix work fine, and look very nice on my TV. Only about half of my movies(all Windows XP media files) worked though. I downloaded some codecs onto the unit, and it did'nt really help. I would not advise this item for novices.......more info
- Could not be happier .. well maybe a little
This thing is great
I haven't found any real glitches other than when it is set to 1080p and is plugged into hdmi and i take it and plug it into regular av without changing the settings back to the lower options it won't display anything at all .. and mine get's extremely hot after watching a movie .. other things that i wish it could do is play mkv's without me having to convert them into vob's and it doesn't play iso files .. but those are both very easy fixes and require 2 free pieces of software that you can easily download (ConvertXtoDVD for the mkv's and anything to mount the iso's and just copy the video_ts folder)
That said it plays every avi and mpeg i have thrown at it save for 1 mpeg-4 file that it didn't like but 1 in 200 (so far) is not bad
I would and have recomended it to everyone willing to listen
i even plugged it into a projector and had a movie night in my yard off the side of my house !!! it was fantastic...more info
- Complete waste - HDMI flawed, playback clunky, performance weak
Unfortunately, all the features that are supposed to make this device stand-out, fall on their face. The HDMI port is a joke. I plugged this into two different model HDTVs (both 720p/1080i max resolution). When you power it on (which takes about 30-45 seconds to initialize) the display color isn't correct. In fact it's missing two of the color channels - RED and GREEN.
I had to actually plug the included (non-standard) component adapter into the TV, turn the drive on (without HDMI plugged in), get into the menu, switch the drive's display settings to 720p. Then while leaving it on, plug in the HDMI cable and switch the input on the TV for it to display all the colors. If you turned the drive off - or it froze and you had to reset it, you had to complete all those steps from the beginning.
Also, the device tends to freeze - A LOT. I had to reboot it by holding the power switch in the back so many times I lost count (it was over 10 times in one sitting). If you do actually get it to play back an AVI DivX movie, don't hold your breath. It completely froze 5 times with 5 different movies, all of which play fine on my Xbox360, Xbox (softmodded), and computer. This device, though potentially the most useful device for storing and playing back a large library of ripped DVDs, doesn't even work like its manual and ads say it should. On top of that Iomega decided to format the drive NTFS - which means you have to reformat it if you want to plug the USB into a Mac or Linux computer to start copying your library to it.
Avoid this thing like the plague. You can get a 500GB external drive, and a Philips upconverting DivX DVD player with HDMI and a USB port to plug a drive into for $40 less - and it works better than this piece of garbage....more info
- Tired of your kids using DVDs as frisbees?
DVD movies are expensive. I got tired of the kids scratching them. This device works great. I have a program that can rip (even copy protected) DVD's to an avi file. I did this with all the kids' DVDs, transferred them to the multimedia hard drive just like any other external hard drive, took it back to the TV and plugged it in. Voila. No problems with any of the video playback.
One can organize your videos anyway you like with folders. I have adult and children and then subfolders A-G, H-N, O-Z. One could do action films, animated,...whatever. Navigating uses the four directional buttons, with right button to open a folder and left button to go up the directory. Very fast.
- Old Reliable
I have had the Screenplay HD 500Gb for awhile now. I have had very few problems. It has been a great mobile entertainment center for when I am out on the road. Some features I don't like. The remote has failed on me and no one has a replacement. Luckily it was still under warranty and Iomega replaced it. Secondly the cables are RCA to a Stereo type Plug. You forget that cable and you are SOL. Overall it plays great just don't mess with the video resolution settings. If you set it too high by accident you have to hit a certain key combo to reset it. The new Screenplay Pro HD 1Tb fixes alot of these features and added a bunch more. It's only drawback is they removed shuffle random as a option on the remote. Something I like for my music. Overall they are both great units....more info
just what i needed but got one snag it needs power even when connecte to pc...more info
- excellent product for the most part
This is super easy to use and does everything you need it to do. My only problem was it can't play everything. Maybe they can come up with some software to add more codecs. Otherwise great product....more info
- Amazing. It's Great!
The ScreenPlay works perfect! I can Store up to 400 movies to take with me everywhere and I can use it in almost every TV. I'm very happy with my ScreenPlay....more info
- Buy only if have the right expectation
Like other reviewers said, this thing is not real HD. However, I am very happy with it. I use it for playing back Video_TS folders (regular DVD resolution), and it looks great on my 1080i TV (connected with the supplied mini component cable). The quality is just as good as any DVD disc player I own, but with this, I no longer need to change DVDs.
One complaint: The connection for the mini component cable is not tight. The picture could degrades if wiggled lightly. ...more info
- got to be improved
This unit is not reliable.Sometimes it starts speed playing ,sometimes when I fast forward ,it goes to original beginnings of playing list.it should be improved. ...more info
- Works fine but with some issues
Got this Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive yesterday and I've been playing with it since, so far everything works fine as advertised after unboxing I went to Iomega website and updated my device then started transferring my files mostly AVI, Divx & Xvid most of them worked fine without problems picture & sound quality is very good the remote control is easy to use and works even from far distance the problems I have with this device are the limited 500GB storage and it makes a buzzing sound noticeable in quiet rooms plus transferring files is very slow anyhow I think this device is good and I recommend it to others....more info
- Great bang for the buck
This unit will do everything it says it will do. It's main function is playing back digital media (music, pictures, movies) on your TV. It has an HDMI out to go into your HD TV (hence the "HD" in the product name). I think some reviewers who have complained about the unit have the wrong expectation. Think of it as a way to play your movies/music on your TV, that's all (see main function stated above).
That being said, I have not had any major problems with this device. Some reviewers report clunky/jerky video playback and lockups. After having it for 2 months I can count on one hand how many times I have had to reboot it. The firmware update may alleviate some users problems, not sure.
I have played large files of video files in VOB format (over 7 gigs) and smaller files converted to xVid format (350-700 megs) and it works like a champ. The quality is excellent (looks the same as a DVD) and is very convenient as it is a small footprint. I actually bought two, one for the living room and one for the bedroom so I don't have to go hunting for any DVD's, it's all at a touch of a button, on demand. For the price you can't beat it....more info
- Works as advertised, no issues
Bought this player recently to handle my digital video library.
Before doing anything, I checked at the manufacturers website for a firmware update. Found one and installed it before doing anything else. This review refers to a machine that was updated with the latest firmware. I am not aware of any issues that existed prior to the firmware, since I never used the machine prior to installing the update.
I uploaded more than 150 GB of video files and some audio files.
Machine works as advertised.
I tried connecting it with Composite and Component. Component connectors provide superior picture on my system. My TV has only one HDMI connection, which is being used by my PS3.
I tried high quality DVD files including some that are bigger than 4 GB. All work fine with no stall or issues. Both picture and audio quality is better than I expected after reading the reviews. I set it up to produce progressive standard definition picture over component. Works really good. Picture looks fine on Sony Bravia HD screen with Denon Amp through a home theater setup.
I do not think that you can get better for the price.
Small, light weight, nice remote, and big storage. Nothing to complain about.
Lost one star because it says HD on the box, but probably does not run HD movies. I have not tested that though, so I am just going by what I hear.
I would not hesitate buying it again....more info
- GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!
I have been waiting for something like this for more than 5 years, and now it's here. I have been using it, and it's been almost perfect. It's so easy to use. Only problem I have is that a few times, it had a hard time reading a few movies, and it ended right in the middle - but putting it back on, it continued to the end of the movies. A little inconvenience that is more than tolerable. Don't really know if the device or my files have the problem. Only thing I hope they make better is the HD quality they can convert like in those DVD HD players. But, I'm more than satisfied having a lot of movies (at least 90) in one systems....more info
- great for movie playback
I use this exclusivly for movies. it works great on my 720p TV. just don't compress the video file to much. The HD means "HardDrive." So don't expect 1080P. The transfer speed takes 10 min per movie over the usb connection.
The harddrive may be to small at 500gb(about 100 movies with some compesion), but I hear you can put in a larger harddrive which will void the warranty. Or go buy the Screanplay Pro which has 1Tb and is expandable via usb/and external harddrive. ...more info
- Great Product for Movie files/Photo files & HDMI
I've got lots of video photos and music so I was happy to see these media hard drives. I was cautious so I looked at reviews and support forums to find out how user friendly they were. This one was only a little more expensive than a comparable 500 GB hard drive so I felt like it was worth a try.
For movies, I've had a few issue with the audio sync in the Divx format. TMPGEnc Express 4.0 & Divx Converter have been the best tools to get video into this format. TMPGEnc is better subtitles & avoiding audio sync issues. MPEG/VOB files play great and I haven't had any problems with them. Xvid is supposed to work but it hasn't for me since the audio is always out of sync. High quality video files look just like a DVD when playing on my HDTV.
For photos, the pictures look great in HD...some of the portrait type photos get cropped but it's only been a problem for about 1 out of 20 pictures...I plan to just crop them in my software so they look better on the screenplay. The slideshow speed slows down a bit when you have pictures that are 12 megapixels. There are a few different slideshow speeds to choose from and you can add a music file to your picture folder and get a soundtrack to play along with the pictures. There are no slideshow transitions or motion effects but the HMDI connection allows the pictures to look like they do on a PC Screen when played back on HDTV.
For music, I have mp3 files and they play fine, but the features for playlist and shuffle are done with a seperate software (on the installation disc)...so I haven't used it much for music.
The biggest limitation of the device is that it's hard to navigate through the hundreds (or thousands) of files it can store. Use the PC to get things organized in subfolders BEFORE you try to find a specific file while hooked up to the TV. Overall I'm a big fan of this kind of device & so far this is my favorite in the category for price/features. The HDMI connection isn't available on all these devices, so if you have HDMI on your TV you should consider this one....more info
- Great for storage or entertainment.
I haven't had any problems with it freezing up and it loads fast if you have your files organized in folders. I rarely use my dvd player since I got this unit. I'm happy to have purchased it....more info
- Flawed but useful device for playing back audio files on your home stereo system
The Screenplay HD Multimedia Drive allows 500 GB worth of files to be stored on one small device and played back on your tv or stereo system without the need for a computer. The unit is smaller than most 5" external hard drive enclosures. It includes a small remote that conveniently snaps into the base for storage.
The connections provided are HDMI (for picture and sound), component video, stereo audio and video (Red white yellow connectors) and digital audio (via a single RCA cable). A SCART connection is provided for users in France other countries where this unusual connection is used.
The unit has an on-screen display that allows it to be controlled by looking at a menu on your TV screen.
I found that the unit handles video files poorly. Very large files (more than 300 MB) take a long time to load and sometimes the device crashes completely. The quality of 640 x 480 video on a 32 inch LCD looks surprisingly good, better than the display on my computer monitor. HD files are not recognized. The on-screen display doesn't even show them even though they are visible when looking at the directory with the unit USB connected to your computer as an external hard drive.
Jpgs are handled well enough but there is an annoying delay between pressing next on the remote and the next image being displayed. If the folders created by the user contain too many files (near a thousand rather than a hundred or so) response time becomes unusably slow. The slide show mode allows changing the time between dissolves but the time is far longer than indicated. It does not recognize the Raw digital image formats Nikon NEF or Canon CR2. Given that these are slow to load on a fast computer it is probably best that they didn't try to include that feature.
Music files are handled best by the Screenplay. It will play mp3, WAV and WMA files. It does not recognize FLAC and EAC. Response time is acceptably fast keeping in mind folder size. When opening a folder containing audio it will automatically play the entire folder. Alternatively, the user can stop the autoplay and look for a particular audio file within the folder.
It is capable of playing back sound through the television's built in speakers but I have instead connected it to an amplifier. The quality of the sound coming as amplified by my Sony receiver was very good. Playing back my music library of WAV files ripped from CDs was my primary reason for purchase. Given that, I will rate the device as acceptable for that purpose especially since 500GB is currently plenty of storage space for me. Users who wish to primarily playback video may have less positive opinions. It can do that and display images but with some drawbacks related to the limited amount of processing power available. Since very large video files can slow down even a fast computer it isn't surprising that this little gadget has problems with them as well....more info
- Nice HD storage unit, easy to use remote
This unit installed effortlessly on my main computer via a USB connection. After loading it full of pictures & videos, I took it over to a TV at a friends house. Using the ordinary yellow red white audio video out cable, it plugged right into the TV front panel. It displayed all the movies, image files, & even the audio files stored on it. It's nice and small, easy to carry. Will fit in a small handbag. Has very good outputs for audio & video including HDMI, & component video, and digital audio coax. It doesn't have a fiber optic audio output connection. It does have some type of European standard socket that kind of looks like a VGA or printer output but it's not. I am not familiar with it either. The internal operating system seems to handle most all of the ordinary mp3, mp4, avi, divx, jpeg type files I copied, but on it's own - it doesn't play back everything. There were some files that will play through on my desktop computer, but won't play on the internal operating system of the drive when connected to an external audio/video device. Overall, it's a really neat little external hard drive, and a really oustanding value at the $220 or so selling price. I like the portability, the remote control, & the fact that it will plug into just about any kind of t.v. set or projector. Audio & video quality are very high quality. And, I like it's very large 500gb capacity. ...more info
- No Virgina, it doesn't mean high definition
I also bought this unit to archive video from my new hidef camcorder. Since it won't handle HD, it's just another external hard drive with somewhat buggy software. Oh well, back to the return bin....more info
- Excellent product. I am very satisfied with it.
The product makes everything that is specified. Iomega only produces quality products. I stored all my collection of DVDs, Photos and Musics and still have space for more. I recommend. ...more info
- Not perfect, but probably the best such product available
I am reasonably satisfied with this product. I have not run into some of the problems reported by others. I only used it with an old non-HD TV. After reading the specs I did not expect this drive to have HiDef. I only had two problems with it: playback crashes once in a blue moon; the power supply died while still under warranty. The crashes are not frequent enough to make me bother with firmware upgrades. The power supply is the same brand that many other companies include with their products. IOMEGA replaced it for free and getting that done was quite painless once I figured out my way through their web site (it is indeed very confusing) and decided to try on-line chat support -- it really worked the way it should!...more info
- Compact Portable Movie Library
This drive is exactly what I expected it to be - a compact, portable drive that will play a library of movies without having to get up and change the DVD's. I can take the drive over to a friend's if we're in the mood for a movie, but cannot decide which one, or leave it in my bedroom so I can tap into the uncut, unedited version of my favorite movies if inspired by a showing on cable TV. Transferring files are easy via a simple "click and drag" or saving directly onto the unit as though it were a portable hard drive.
The unit comes with RCA, component, and HDMI ports to accommodate the various connectivity options a user has. I have it hooked up via the HDMI and have had no problems. Audio and video are crisp. There is also a credt card sized remote that conveniently snaps onto the bottom of the drive for storage/transport ease. The only thing I wish was better is the setup features. There are no explanations for what the different audio options are unless I test it out via trial and error. The instruction manual on the installation CD will tell me if no "x" then no "y," but I can still get the unit to produce different results despite what the instructions say.
I'm not sure why the other reviewers believed this drive is meant for high definition (HD). The box says it upconverts the picture and processed the "HD" picture. I processed "HD" to mean Hard Disk. It's the same shorthand used for camcorders - HDD is hard disk drive.
- Nice machine!
I have 2. One for my music collection & one for videos, both home-made movies and back-ups of favorites. Have had them 6 months & have no complaints. Very easy to use....more info
- Not ready for primetime
I must be getting old because I'm really impressed that some of you found this device anything other than dissapointing. Guess I've been spoiled by my Tivo and ipod.
In concept I was really excited about this device. I wanted to move a bunch of mpeg4 movies and stuff from my computer and Tivo to this drive but it doesn't see any of them when plugged into a TV. Advertising says it plays mpeg4 but it doesn't.... guess the truth is somewhere in the troubleshoot section of the manual.... ahhhh workarounds. Apparently I'm not smart enough to read between the lines anymore.... maybe it's time to start reading the manuals.... ohhhhh nooooooooooo.
So I moved King Kong directly to the drive from DVD but all I get disfunctionality. Giant time-suck. There are probably work arounds that involve pushing buttons in secret combinations but I want easy.
I bought this for the convenience but all I've found is one work-around after another. Something I'd be willing to deal with ten years ago when all tech required an inner-geek.
If you're looking for file storage this device works fine... but I'd point out that you can get twice the storage for the same price if you don't need the disfunctional video features.
ScreenPlay.... you're not ready for primetime. ...more info
- Actual item good, but beware of Amazon bundled items!
Have only had the Iomega device one week. So far, so good.... This "review" is more to warn buyers about the appealing "Frequently Bought Together" pitch you will see on the item page! In this instance, it was for a HDMI 2m/6ft cable AND an Eforcit 10ft HDMI-HDMI cable for a mere two dollars extra. Sounds like a deal, right??? As the saying goes: "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably isn't true". The aforementioned cables WILL only cost two bucks, BUT THE POSTAGE will cost you another $20-25! Cables, light-weight, cost very little actual postage to mail, but in this "deal", they will cost you plenty!!! Buyer beware.......more info
- Great product!
This product was easy to set up and is easy to use. I haven't had any problems with tranferring files. It plays all my files with great clairty and great sound. You have to remember to set up your files in folders and lists the way you want them before you tranfer them to your machine because you can't do that from the menu screen on the tv. But it's easy to pull up the hard drive on your computer and set them up that way. I have quite a few movies and music files and still have plenty of room left! I might buy another one for my son....more info