Anyone over the age of about ten knows the awful feeling of
having to restart your entire movie collection, because they’ve ditched VHS for
DVD, and then DVD for Blu-Ray and whatever thumbnail-sized acronym is going to
be replacing Blu-Ray. Nowadays, hardly anyone owns DVDs anyway, because
everything is just files on your computer – which, granted, can be a bit
irritating if you want to watch your movies on anything except your computer. Luckily,
the Cyclone solves both problems. Supporting everything from SDHC memory cards
to MP3 players, the Sumvision Micro Cyclone means that now you don’t need to
keep restarting your movie collection, or burn your files to DVD before being
able to play them on something larger than a laptop screen. The Cyclone’s menu
shows all the files and folders you have on your storage device, and accessing
them is as easy as clicking a few buttons on the remote control.
Whatever type of files you have - xVid, AVI, MPEG4 or an MKV
of your boss doing the Charleston at the office party, you can share it in
high-definition with your friends and family via whatever television you have
handy. The nifty little device supports many of the 1080p HD video formats
currently available on the market; 1080p, for those who don’t speak geek, just
means that the video has better resolution than people on New Year’s Eve.
Already awesome because of its small size, high portability and plug-and-play ease of use, the Cyclone wins bonus points for its HDMI interface which provides superb audio quality and playback on your television. Even if you don’t have an external hard-drive, the multimedia bundle comes with a 16gig Transcend flash-drive, so you can get started on your digital collection of movies and embarrassing snap-shots of your boss.High-definition fact: 3D television was invented by a man from Toronto, Canada. While eating gourmet sandwiches and watching his favourite sitcom, he found himself wondering what television would be like if the images popped as much as the flavour of his sandwich, and set about trying to create ‘gourmet television’.