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Western Digital Elements Play 2 TB HD Media Player

Western Digital started the whole media player craze with their ground-breaking WD TV HD media player. They have since introduced variants of the media play, like the WD TV Mini, WD TV Live, WD TV Live Plus and the newly-launched WD TV Live Hub.

To this mix, Western Digital has also introduced what they call a "multimedia drive". Basically, a multimedia drive is a media player with a built-in hard disk drive. Their first multimedia drive launched is the Western Digital Elements Play,which boasts of the following features :

  • Full HD 1080p Resolution
  • Plenty Of Room For Your Media Collection
  • Supports A Wide Variety Of File Formats
  • Camera Compatible
  • Automatic Play
  • Easy, Intuitive User Interface
  • Composite Video Connection
  • Digital Optical Audio

The Western Digital Elements Play media player comes with either a 1 TB or 2 TB hard disk drive built-in. In this review, we will be testing the 2 TB version - the Western Digital Elements Play 2 TB Multimedia Drive (WDBACC0020HBK). Let's find out how well this player performs!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Comprehensive Review

Model

• WDBACC0020HBK

Built-In Hard Disk Drive

• Western Digital Caviar Green AFT (WD20EARS)

Drive Storage Capacity

• 2,000,398 MB

Drive Spindle Speed

• Fixed, Between 5400-7200 RPM

Drive Buffer

• 64 MB SDRAM

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 110 MB/s (sustained, maximum)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 3.0 Gbits/s

Power Consumption

• 24 W (Maximum)

Input Interface

• USB 2.0

Output Interfaces

• HDMI
• Composite A/V
• Optical audio

Video Formats Supported

• AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4)
• MPG/MPEG
• VOB/ISO
• MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264)
• MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4)
• TS/TP/M2TS (MPEG 1/2/4, AVC)
• FLV (D1 resolution only)
• RM or RMVB 8/9/10 (up to 1280x720 40 Mbps)

Audio Formats Supported

• MP3 (up to 320 kbps)
• WAV/PCM/LPCM
• WMA (up to 320 kbps)
• AAC (up to 256 kbps)
• FLAC (up to 1200 kbps)
• MKA (up to 256 kbps)
• OGG (up to 256 kbps)
• APE (up to 256 kbps)
• Dolby Digital (inside video file only)

Picture Formats Supported

• JPEG
• GIF
• TIFF
• BMP
• PNG

Playlist Formats Supported

• PLS
• M3U
• WPL

Subtitle Formats Supported

• SRT
• SSA
• SUB
• SMI
• MKS
• TXT

USB Storage File Systems Supported

• NTFS
• HFS+
• HFS+Journaling (read only)

Maximum Height

• 41 mm
• 1.6 inches

Maximum Depth

• 225 mm
• 8.9 inches

Maximum Width

• 149 mm
• 5.9 inches

Weight

• 1.05 kg
• 2.31 lb

Power Requirements

• 12.0 V ± 10% @ 2.0 A

Ambient Temperature

• 5 °C to 35 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 65 °C (Non-Operating)

System Compatibility

• Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
• Mac OS X (Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard) requires reformatting

Kit Contents

• Elements Play multimedia drive
• Compact remote with batteries
• USB 2.0 cable
• AC adaptor
• Quick installation guide
• Warranty leaflet

Warranty

• 3 Years Limited Warranty (APAC)
• 2 Years Limited Warranty (EMEA)

 

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