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Zensonic Z500

Zensonic Z500
alaScore 78

22 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Zensonic Z500. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Zensonic Z500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: James Dickinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Zensonic Z500 Home Media Player

 

Many of us have huge numbers of audio and video files sitting on our computers. The trouble is, it sometimes feels a little anticlimactic to watch a m...

Easy to use, Wide range of formats supported including High Definition

Bug ridden, Lack of H.264 support

An easy to use streamer with the advantage of supporting some HD formats, let down by some extremely irritating bugs.

Jan, 2006

Expert review by: Jeremy Roche (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

Zensonic's Z500 is one of the most advanced DVD players we've seen. It has built-in 802.11g wireless, Ethernet and USB connectivity to play almost any type of format you could throw at it.

Plays almost every video and audio file format ; Streams music and video over wired or wireless networks ; Wide range of video and audio connections ; Plays files from USB 2.0 connected devices ; Backlit remote control great for night time

No WPA support (only WEP) ; File browsing and slide shows are very techie ; Prone to occasion freezing and lock-ups

Due to the glitches in the Z500's firmware, we can't recommend it for users looking for plug-in-and-forget-about-it functionality. It is a frustrating box to use and froze up on us four times while playing back video. We seriously hope Zensonic comes...

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: Rossit (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

This thing never worked from day one. I wasted over $600 on this piece of garbage.

none at all

Just does not work

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: buttafoo (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

Doesn't work at all. Drops off the network randomly, seizes up on some files, randomly goes into Fast Forward Mode, SMB does not work. FW 1.7 was the only one that actually worked. 2.0.1 just shows static, can't downgrade to 1.6 or 1.3. Avoid at all costs

Nice picture quality

Everything else. Does not work as advertised

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: zensonic_has_my_vote (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

awesome...

plays everything. perfect for my setup. just perfect

only trouble is people who claim to need a degree in comp science to operate it. idiots

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: Dreamer9 (cnet.com.au)

"Works well for me"

 

New Firmware is great Still happy with the product.

Plays all the files I need. Wireless a plus

nothing in particular

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: Dreamer9 (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

New Firmware is great Still happy with the product.

Plays all the files I need. Wireless a plus

nothing in particular

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: mtompkins (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

Really is a shame you can't give a negative rating on a product this bad.

Doesn't catch fire ; Heavy enough to stop from being blown away

Doesn't catch fire ; Heavy enough to stop from being blown away

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Biglegs (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

Congrats to the Zensonic (now Ziova) ppl for continued firmware improvements. 1.7 is very good and offers extra functionality from original release.

Great playback of many image formats. plays ISO images of DVDs! Streams web radio

Make sure if you plan use it wirelessly you have a good setup, otherwise stick to wired

May, 2007

Consumer review by: allan mills (cnet.com.au)

Zensonic Z500

 

ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!!!!!!

Great to use as a door stopper

Nothing works on it. I cant believe consumer affairs havent stopped this from being sold ; DVD playback doesnt even work properly - cant even get through a whole DVD with out it freezing ; Networking is very hit and miss ; Remote is tragic and very...

Feb, 2007