A.C.Ryan Veolo
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A.C.Ryan Veolo


Overall rating 7.5/10

The Veolo is an Internet, Android and media streamer all in one package. It allows you to engage in social media, download Android apps and have access to online streaming and casual games.


Design:
7.5
Performance:
7
Features:
8
Value:
6.5
THE GOOD
Access to Android Market allows for a wide choice of apps
Full-fledged web browser
THE BAD
Navigating the UI with the remote is slow and clunky
Does not load ISO files
Pricey

Product Specification

Processor 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Processor
Memory 512MB DDR3
Storage 4GB NAND Flash Memory
Image Format Support BMP / GIF / JPG / JPEG / PNG
Video Format Support
  • Video Formats: ASF / AVI / DAT / FLV / M2T / M2TS / MKV / MOV / MP4 / MPG / MPEG / RM RMVB / TP / TRP / TS / VOD / WMV / MTS / M1V / M2V / M4V / 3GP / F4V M2P / 3G2
  • Video Codecs: DivX3 / Xvid / H.263 / H.264 (MPEG4 P10, AVC, x264) / VC-1 (WMV9, WVC1) / VP6 / RealVideo 8/9/10 (RV30, RV40) / x264 / DIV2 / AVS / SVQ1 / SVQ3 / RV10 / RV20 / MPEG 1/2/4 (DivX 4/5/6, Xvid, MPEG4Visual) / MSMPEG4V1 / MSMPEG4V2 / WMV1(WMV7) / WMV2(WMV8)
Audio Format Support
  • Dolby Digital downmix to stereo and 5.1 pass-through
  • DTS downmix to stereo and 5.1 pass-through
  • Dolby Digital downmix to stereo and 5.1 pass-through
  • DTS downmix to stereo and 5.1 pass-through
  • AAC / FLAC / MKA / MP3 / OGG / WAV / WMA / MPEG 1/2/4 / MP2 / M4A RA-COOK / RA-Lossless / DRA / RealAudio 4/5/6/8/9/10 / TTA / AC3 / APE
I/O Ports
  • HDMI 1.3
  • S/PDIF optical audio
  • Stereo audio
  • SD card slot
  • USB 2.0 ports x 2
Wireless Connectivity & Standards
  • Wired Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
  • Built -in Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Remote Control Yes
Dimensions 150 x 114 x 36 mm
Weight 375 grams

5 user review(s)

nitezz

Rating by User:
2

Issues with hardware after initial purchase. Replaced with new set after sending down to service Center.
Issues with firmware. Upgraded but problem was never resolve
Wireless does not work as claimed and can't even support a decent data transfer from nas for video streaming (Wired works without issue for the same video)
Do not bother to use this to surf the Internet. (Finger cramps just after 15 mins using the controller and I do not have big hands)
Local support folks are nice (tat'z why a '2' for the rating), the product is simply not ready IMHO.

Frankly, a simple iPad running xbmc is numerous time better than this device.


torhar

Rating by User:
1

This piece of crap is not worth to buy, they have stopped fixing bugs, and there are quite a few. You better take a look on the Ac Ryan homepage and read the forums, you will see that they have stopped fixing bugs. This quote are from Ac Rayn forum

"There are very few similar products / competitors who are running ICS on a Android TV box at this moment.

Our engineers decides to discontinue the current firmware development on the Froyo 2.2 version, (therefore you have not seen that many firmware releases last months) as we are going to give ICS a good try and this work is in progress. I will highlight again, this is not a promise that we will release, but a very honest try and hopefully we can bring this OS to your products."


georgezb

Rating by User:
1

I would definitely rate it 0 if I could. AC RYAN is just a piece of junk which create more trouble than you can enjoy from it.


georgezb

Rating by User:
1

I bought a AC RYAN HD2 and I can say it's the most horrible electronic device I have ever had in my life. The manual is just same as NO MANUAL, when I tried to search online for some more detailed usage instruction then I realized I made a totally wrong purchasing decision. I was very cautious to use it and avoided any "firmware update", but this AC RYAN still gave me a loooooooot of trouble, creating numerous problems, and they are all common AC RYAN errors you can easily find in online articles regarding AC RYAN product reviews, like, lost files, damage files, easily hung, strange core file, strange folders, unable delete file folders, stranged locked files, etc, until one day I couldn't help to "firmware update" and install YAMJ, then it crashed. I have to intension to have it repaired, I should have thrown it away on the 1st day I got it.


Astro7467

Rating by User:
7

This is a product with *potential* but a lack of focus on ensuring the same experience from the Playon!HD series existed on the Veolo has currently left me with a feeling of disappointment but in hope.

As Android 2.2 was used and not Google TV (also Android based), there are some quirks, but basically the Android experience survives. Playing videos is basically achieved via the File Manager and launching the file. No native CIFS, FTP, NFS or WebDAV functionality has been added to the Android base OS, so if the app does not have native support for these, then playing media from a network share on a NAS, Mac or Windows host will cause issues.

Adding a media player such as BS Player Lite works great on the Veolo, but the user interface is not optimized for the Veolo control or CPU (SW decoding is the most stable currently).

A unified Playon!HD app being the center piece would have provided a superior experience.

You can Root the Veolo (information available on the AC Ryan forums), so some of the issues can be addressed or improved upon if you are so inclined.

The original Veolo shipped without Android market support or online Veolo firmware update support. An update available via the AC Ryan website will add the functionality, and is relatively easy to download to a thumbdrive and update on the Veolo.

There are stability issues connecting via a Gigabit switch, but a beta update is also available that corrects this.

If the Veolo focused on being a Playon!HD clone 1st and a Android device 2nd, it would be perfect, but currently the balance tips the other way, and just shows the potential that we can only hope a future update delivers.


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