|Nixeus Fusion HD 1080p Media Player Review|
|Home Theater Media Servers Home Theater/Media Center PCs|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Tuesday, 31 August 2010|
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It's just about impossible to find a digital media player that does everything, but if you look hard enough you'll find one that does everything you need. The Fusion HD from Nixeus won't satisfy those looking for a Boxee Box like device – it's not built around streaming. If you're looking for something that will handle your digital media collection with ease though, you'll find it in the Fusion HD.
Setting up the Fusion HD can be as simple as setting up a new Blu-ray player. Plug it in, turn it on and go. It gets a little more complex if you're using the more advanced features like wireless internet or installing the internal hard drive, but even then it doesn't take more than a few minutes. Since I didn't have an extra SATA drive lying around, I popped the HDD out of my computer to try with the Fusion HD. After removing the four external screws, I was able to pop the top of the unit right off and hook my hard drive up.
One thing that might throw you off initially is how long the Nixeus Fusion HD takes to turn on. When you power the unit on, the indicator light will turn from red to orange and will stay orange for around 15 seconds until the Fusion HD starts up. Once it's on, you can change your video and audio settings to best suit your setup, including PAL formats if need be. It's all pretty standard stuff. There are some options for configuring the picture as well. I initially tried out the Fusion HD with a wired internet connection, which required absolutely no configuration. I plugged it in, turned the device on, and it was all set to play files from my network. I then gave it a go with the included USB dongle and found it to be quite friendly. All I had to do was go into the setup menu, enter my WPA2 code and it was ready to go.