Brando HD Media Player Docking Station does multi-format 1080p


How about that, another week and another Media Extender device is announced. This time from a company called Brando, where apparantly showing your bare naked hard drive is appealing. I don’t know about you, but my gf would kill me if I tried to stick this on my entertainment shelf.


Following in the footsteps of the very recent Multimedia Dock, the latest unit adds H.264 decoding to the already present DivX, Xvid and MPEG-4, while output graduates to full 1080p. Featuring HDMI and a plethora of supported media formats, the humble docking station has certainly grown up, but is it enough to compete with standalone media players? Input flexibility would suggest so — the new device accepts 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives, alongside USB flash memory, SD, MMC, and MS cards — but alas, Brando loses the plot at the final hurdle, asking for an astronomical $199.