Micca Slim-HD - User Interface

The UI is another place where the Slim-HD feels cheap. It’s kind of unfortunate, the visual and physical interfaces are both kind of off, which kinda ruins the whole deal. The UI is clean and intuitive, a very straightforward menu system. The home screen is black, with 5 buttons - Videos, Music, Photos, Files, and Settings.

Files and folders are listed by alphabetical order, again just white text on a black background. It’s just a basic, boring, functional UI. Compared to the WDTV Live Hub, the interface lacks polish. I’m not much of a home theater guy, but here’s the kind of difference that I’m talking about: go look at an Android phone, dig down into the settings and menus. Compare it to the same menus in an iPhone or a Windows Phone 7 device. There’s a distinct cohesiveness and style to the iOS and WP7 interfaces that simply isn’t found in Android.

That’s kind of the feeling I get with the Micca UI, except even more so. It’s kind of jarring, it feels like a thrown together UI. It’s just plain, and in comparison to the much more visually jazzed WDTV Live Hub UI, somewhat ugly. If you look at the WDTV screens from our review, you’ll note that it’s basically the same menus, the same options. These aren’t radical UIs, there’s only so many functions for them to serve. But I think providing something more visually engaging than just a plain black screen is really a must, especially for a device that will spend much of its time plugged into large HD displays.

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  • Freddo - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    I wasn't aware of this device, and I feel that with better support for file format (like ogm) and supper for all kinds of subtitles, it would suit me perfectly. So something I will keep my eyes on when they decide to release a new device next year or whenever it happens.

    I also like that the UI seem to be very basic, which suits me just fine.
  • GreenArrow2k4 - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    Can this device play the iso format?
  • therealnickdanger - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    I would say "RTFA", but that would be rude.

    No, it does not play ISOs.
  • Pino - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    Can someone comment about subtitles support?

    Wich formats are supported?

    How the subtitles looks on screen? Yellow? White?

  • jack@micca - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link


    For subtitle, this player supports SUB, ASS, SRT, SSA, SMI. Of course it also supports embedded subtitles in MKV files.

    The subtitles are white .

    Here are some additional specs for this player:


  • Sufo - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    So, if it supports ass in mkv, does that mean it supports proper styling (colours, packed fonts, animations)? Or does it just render them in a default config, as your "The subtitles are white" statement would suggest?
  • jack@micca - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link


    The subtitles will be displayed, but will not be stylized. This is a limitation of the player for the moment.

  • MrCromulent - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the thorough review.

    Are subtitles shown while fast forwarding at 2x and 4x speed (or even higher)?
  • MrCromulent - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    Since jack@micca didn't answer, I guess the answer is no :)
  • jack@micca - Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - link

    I needed to get my hands on one to check. And the result is that subtitles are not displayed when fast forwarding.


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