Akimbo Systems Video On Demand Player At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Akimbo Systems Video On Demand Player

Decoding formats: Windows Media Video 9
Hard drive capacity: 80 gigabytes, up to 150 hours
Available Finishes: Silver
Dimensions (HxWxD, inches): 2.5 x 16.5 x 11
Weight (pounds): 8.5

Inputs: Ethernet (1)
Outputs: S-video (1), Composite video (1), Digital optical audio (1). Analog stereo (1)
Other: USB 1.1 (2)

Ratings: Akimbo Systems Video On Demand Player

Build Quality: 89
• Rugged metal chassis on top/bottom/sides/rear with plastic faceplate
• Side-vented, as well as top-vented for cool, easy stacking

Value: 91
• Heck, the hard drive alone is worth two bills
• $10/month accesses a wide variety of content
• Minimal cabling included

Features: 80
• It does what you would expect it to—organize, play, and so on, without bells or whistles

Performance: 83
• Audio/video limited to some extent by the quality of the original programming
• Downloading can be somewhat slow, occasional digital glitches

Ergonomics: 90
• Color-coded indicator lights but no controls on front panel
• Squat remote feels good, quick to learn

Overall Rating: 86
The Akimbo player fills a fairly specific niche for those seeking entertainment and educational programming to watch at their leisure. It's a convenient, affordable source component for tech-savvy consumers with offbeat tastes.

General Information
Video On Demand Player AP1200,
$200 plus $10 monthly fee or $200 lifetime subscription
Akimbo Systems
(650) 627-8678

Akimbo Systems
(650) 627-8678