By Andrew Liszewski
If you’re looking for an extremely stripped down way to play media files on a hard drive through your HDTV, this SATA hard drive adapter from Brando is as simple as it’s ever going to get. (Until hard drives themselves get an HDMI connector that is.) It functions like a standard SATA USB adapter, allowing you to connect either a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA hard drive to your PC via USB, but it doubles as a media player too, letting you connect the drive to your hi-def TV via HDMI, without the need for a computer in-between.
It supports pretty much every type of multimedia file you could ever want to play, from MPEGs to VOBs to the all important Divx files when it comes to video, and MP3s, WAVs and even AC3 when it comes to audio. It also comes with a decent sized remote for controlling playback, a basic composite video breakout AV cable and a universal AC adapter, and you can order one now from Brando for $69.