Last year, Micca released a hard drive based portable media drive called the Slim HDD Digital Media Player (imaginative, I know). Based around a standard 2.5” notebook hard drive, the Slim DMP could handle a wide range of containers and formats and had a 720p HDMI output. At $59 sans drive (now down to $49), it represented a solid value and even without too many premium features, it was a very functional media player at its core. Now we’ve got Micca’s followup device, the Slim-HD Portable 1080p Full-HD Digital Media Player (for the rest of the review, I think I’ll stick to calling it the Slim-HD just for sanity’s sake).

The Slim-HD basically takes the Slim and adds 1080p playback capability, along with support for more video and audio codecs, notably FLAC and DTS. The price is now $79 without drive, and includes a remote, the composite A/V cable, USB cable, and AC adapter. Beyond playing videos, music, and pictures, the Slim-HD doesn’t do a whole lot - no fancy Netlfix playback or internet streaming here like on the WD TV Live Hub we looked at recently. It’s an honest to god media player in the simplest form - just plug it into your TV, navigate to the file you want, and away you go.



As with the original Slim, Micca is aiming for the entry to mid-level market, with a focus on the compact form factor, ease of use, and the ability to use it as a portable USB drive. They don’t intend it to be a high end product, but instead as a portable media drive that can play 1080p content. Does it live up to the goals set for it, or does it fall short of the more fully featured competition?

Micca Slim-HD - In and Around
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  • iurie - Sunday, November 28, 2010 - link

    Can you please confirm that this device can play the 1080p60 M2TS files produced with Panasonic HTC TM700 camcorder?
    I see that it is mentioned that it plays 1080p60.AVC.AAC.MP4
    The Panasonic 700 camcorders stream M2TS files 59.94 fps, H.264/AVC (1920x1080), audio AC3 (5.1, 48000Hz)
    If it plays smooth the 1080p60 files from Panasonic 700, this will help the owners of this type of camcorder, as there till now there are no devices that can play these 1080p60 files, except the camcorder.
    Can you please try playing this file that was shot with Panasonic TM700 at 1080p60?: http://www.vimeo.com/17273401
    You can download it if you have or create a vimeo account.
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  • snail3 - Monday, November 29, 2010 - link

    It's Cyber Monday now but I dont see this player has a special price (at least in Micca Store) as mentioned in the article. Anyone able to find this player at $59.95 somewhere? Reply
  • ganeshts - Monday, November 29, 2010 - link

    The link to the deal has been updated in the article.

    http://www.miccastore.com/micca-slimhd-1080p-fullh...
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  • snail3 - Monday, November 29, 2010 - link

    Yes, after I emailed their support, they updated their store site. Also found out this special will only be available via their official store and not Amazon. Reply
  • davmat787 - Saturday, December 04, 2010 - link

    I don't have a use for this device unfortunately, but I just wanted to point out the fact that a representative of Micca is taking the time to answer questions and take feedback.

    I will certainly lookup Micca in the future.
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  • jeffMS - Friday, December 17, 2010 - link

    Jack,
    First off, thank you for taking the time to answer all of these questions. That is top notch customer support. I am looking for a media player that I can use in a haunted house attraction. It will have two movies on it...One is a video of a still picture, the second is that same picture, but it has motion. The idea is that when a customer walks up to the static image, a sensor is tripped which skips the media player to the next movie, which moves. For example, you can have a picture of a guy, but when the customer approaches the picture, the guy jumps out of his chair.

    The problem that I have been having with dvd players, and the media players that I have tested display text and graphics on the screen when the Skip track button is pressed. Does the Micca Slim do this, and is there any way to suppress it? I was hoping that you could just pull up a pin on the F16 chip or something simple, but I fear that this would require a firmware modification.
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  • djsilence - Thursday, December 23, 2010 - link

    Thanks Jack for the time you spend answering questions. Does this player require a mini-HDMI cable or full-size? Thanks... Reply
  • djsilence - Sunday, December 26, 2010 - link

    Nevermind, I just received my slim-hd and its a full-sized HDMI cable. So far the player is awesome. I mostly play .mkv and .avi files and they're playing great. Thanks for the reviews... Reply
  • djsilence - Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - link

    Recently, some .mkv files will not play on my player. They transfer to the slim-hd successfully but when I choose to play them it skips right over them. Most of the files I put on it are .mkv files and they play just fine. What would cause some to play and some not? Also, none of the LED indicators on the front illuminate, ever. My hard drive is sometimes not recognized by the player or my computer. Reply
  • iplocker - Saturday, March 02, 2013 - link

    Hello.

    Does anyone know how to reflash the device , from micca store they told me to send it and they will do it for 25$ , but to send it from Greece to Usa cost mores than to buy a new one .

    So does anyone knows how to reflash it ?

    I have extract the placket but dont see any reset button or something.

    Thanks
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