MediaGate MG-450HD Review

May 31, 2008 at 10:58 pm 13 comments

Reviewed by K.C. Kim
http://www.mediagateusa.com/mg450hd.html
$224.99

Experience crystal HD playback on your TV with 5.1 SPDIF digital audio output. MG-450HD will lead you into a edgy experience of multimedia world. MG-450HD is not only a HD high storage capacity multimedia player, but provides Wi-Fi Networking solution that allows you to stream over the multimedia files through the local network.

Features:

* HDMI (High Definition Multimedia).
* SATA HDD Supported.
* Internet Radio.
* FTP Server & Client.
* uPnP.
* 1920x1080P Full HD.
* IEEE 802.11g(54Mbps) 802.11b(11Mbps) wireless.
* standard / 10/100Mbps wired LAN
* Easy to upgrade Firmware.
* 3.5″ Hard Disk Drive (Not-included).
* Wireless security – WPA / WEP.
* Wireless Infrastructure and Ad-Hoc Mode.
* External USB 2.0 storage via USB device connecting a computer.
* Read an external USB storage or an optical drive via USB host connecting various external USB device.
* DVD Manager – Playback of DVD File same as Original DVD title.
* Video output – HDMI, Component, S-Video and Composite.
* Audio output – Stereo, Digital Coaxial & Optical 5.1 ch. Sound.
* DTS down mix to stereo.

Specifications:

* Product Name: MediaGate MG-450HD.
* Power: DC 12V 3A.
* Dimension: 57 x 150 x 185 mm (without wireless antenna).
* Working Temperature: 0oC ~ 60oC.
* Working Humidity: 10% ~ 50%.
* USB Device: Device Port x 1ea, 480Mbps USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) USB Host: Host Port x 1ea, 480Mbps USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) supporting the capability of reading USB devices like External USB HDD, ODD, Flash Drive, Card Reader.
* Wired LAN: 10/100 Mbps LAN (RJ-45) x 1ea, 100BaseTX: UTP/STP Category 5 LAN cable compatible.
* Wireless LAN: 54Mbps IEEE802.11g, 5dBi detachable antenna x 1ea, SMA type connector.
* HDD Type: 3.5″ SATA HDD.
* HDD File System: NTFS / FAT 32.
* TV TYPE: NTSC / PAL.
* Video Format: AVI: MS-MPEG4v3/XviD/WMV9 (XviD with GMC option applied not supported) WMV: WMV9, ASF: WMV9, MP4: MPEG4 Video, DAT: MPEG1, VOB: MPEG2, MPG/MPEG: MPEG1/MPEG2, TP/TS/TRP: HD-MPEG2/SD-MPEG2
* Audio Format: MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA.
* Photo Format: JPG/JPEG, PNG, BMP.
* Video Output: HDMI (480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p), COMPONENT (480p, 720p, 1080i) S-Video, Composite.
* Audio Output: STEREO L-R S/PDIF Digital Output (Coaxial/Optical).



Intro – I am a serious movie buff and wanted a new media player to play all of my movies on the big screen. I have been using my Cowon A2 with 20 GB hard drive. But that media player fills up fast. Also the video quality is not that good with poor sound. Now there are products like the Apple TV and Archos TV+, but these models have limited codec support and in the case of Archos you have to pay additional fees to add features. So I was looking around for a better product. One that had a ton of features and connectivity options. That’s when I found the Mediagate MG-450HD, a Wi-Fi Net-Disk multimedia player.


In the box – MG-450 Device, Remote Controller, Wireless Antenna, Stand (Cradle), Power Adapter, Composite A/V Cable, Sata HDD Connector, Setup CD, Quick installation guide.


Design – The MG-450HD is one of the better looking set top players available. I like that it’s silver which matches my big screen television. Unlike the PS3 which is black that doesn’t match with my setup. And when I first open the box that I was surprise the multimedia player looks even better in person. It’s also very lightweight for moving it from room to room and traveling. Included is a stand to save space and a remote to control while your sitting on the couch.



Functions – I opened the box and hook up the cables in minutes. Had a Simpletech 160GB external USB 2.0 hard drive lying around and connected it to the MG-450HD. It immediately recognized that a USB device was connected and within minutes I was watching videos. The unit comes with a nice remote that controls the interface. The interface is rather simplistic which makes it very user friendly. The MG-450HD can have a Sata HDD installed internally. But the ability to have an external drive or stream with WIFI makes this versatile. The unit overall is very simple to use which would make it great for those who are afraid of complicated technology. This unit is pretty much dummy proof. The MG-450 also has an HDMI input so you can watch high definition video. This is the future and everyone with big plasma’s will like this feature very much. Video quality is excellent. I say it’s better than my PMP player. Another emerging feature is internet radio. This feature is a major plus and I don’t see other companies have internet radio on their set tops.



Conclusion – The Mediagate MG-450HD is an advanced powerhouse player. There are simple many options to choose from on how to play your media. The ability to play divx files out of the box is great. I think this is a nice alternative to the Apple TV and in my opinion easier to use. Not having to convert divx files over to Apple’s MP4 format is a nice plus. Providing ease of use, good value, and quality build quality makes the Mediagate MG-450HD a must buy for video enthusiasts and perfect gift for a special someone who has a home entertainment system.

9.0 Out of 10

Buy it now MG-450HD MediaGate Wireless High-Definition MPEG4 Netplayer (SATA Version)

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mk  |  July 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I have a MediaGate MG-450HD as well and I am very impressed with it. It has all the inputs and outputs you need and supports hard drives, USB disks, memory cards (with a USB memory card reader), etc. and the ability to stream over wifi with perfect connectivity is a serious advantage over other media players.

    I just upgraded the firmware to 1.1.11 and it’s just getting better and better each time!

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    • 2. Shevaun  |  September 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      I am having trouble with booting up my Mediagate 450 HD. I have downloaded the firmware 1.1.11 unzipped it and saved it onto the mediagate but I cannot open it – what file do I open it with?

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  • 3. Alexei Odarenko  |  August 18, 2008 at 7:06 am

    I live in Belarus, my friend sent this unit for me from USA. All are ok, but whether there is a possibility to add in an insertion support of files MKV? Thank you.

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  • 4. Ron R  |  September 1, 2008 at 8:40 am

    just bought the MG-450 from landmark computers in BoxHill for $299.00.
    This little beast performed well straight out of the box and you don’t need to be a brain surgeon to use it.
    I was expecting a slow interface but was very surprised at the speed .
    I would not hesitate to recommend the MG-450 to anyone out there.

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  • 5. Chuck  |  September 29, 2008 at 5:31 am

    was does the main menu look like? Is it clean like the Apple TV or is it plain folder style like Iomega TV link?

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  • 6. chon le  |  January 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    My MG450 is working fine.
    except when i play video files from PC with wireless network.
    voice and pictures hesitated, sometimes broken
    Do I need to send back for replacement?
    Thank you

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  • 7. Larry King  |  January 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    The Mediagate MG-450HD
    I have a new seaqgate 1.5tb hdd. will this media player support it?
    is there any problems with a hdd this large with this kind of media player

    Reply
  • 8. reddy  |  April 22, 2009 at 4:15 am

    good review , you really do a big list , I know a place , that is : Tradestead , there are many kinds of such beautiful and powerful consumer electronics that I have got many for myself there too!

    Reply
  • 9. Apolo Khayak  |  April 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Hey, just bought a the MG 450, and slotted in a WD 1TB Hard drive, however, sumtimes during playback, tha damn thing freezes. I also cant network it to my new imac. any remedies, or should i switch to Apple TV?

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  • 10. brianbuys  |  July 9, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Good article but but needs updating since there’s been many firmware releases that have fixed these problems. Since this came out the MG-800HD (SATA with wireless N) has also been released. Just out recently is the newest type of Mediagate, the MG-M2TV which does not have a hard drive inside much like the similiar Western Digital WD TV Media Player. From what I hear it’s very mature and been in development for a long time. Will play many more files compared to others like the WD TV and even has RealVideo 10 RMVB support for those who like to play asian videos. Looks to be in stock and on sale now at xpcgear.com : http://www.xpcgear.com/mediagate-mg-m2tv-korean-rmvb-player-hdmi.html for just $109.99

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  • 11. brianbuys  |  July 21, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Looks like Mediagate released a Korean language firmware for the MG-M2TV. found the link on xpcgear.com http://www.xpcgear.com/mediagate-mg-m2tv-korean-rmvb-player-hdmi.html

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  • 12. uyin  |  August 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

    See my blog for online tvshows..
    Put your requested TV Shows at chat box so that I can upload them soon..

    Reply
  • 13. Enrique  |  November 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Does this device supports USB Hubs for multiple HDD? (I have 5 of them)
    Does is also support MKV? all my movies son MKV

    Reply

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