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AC Ryan Veolo review

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Price when reviewed : £168
inc VAT

A media streamer running Android might sound like an interesting idea, but the implementation is poor and it's far too expensive

A.C. Ryan’s Veolo is a unique media streamer that runs Android and includes a remote control with a full QWERTY keyboard that also doubles as a wireless mouse. You press a button on the remote to control the on-screen cursor, and press another button to click. It works fantastically well and saves you having to plug a mouse in, so you can use the spare USB slot to attach a hard disk, for example.

AC Ryan Veolo

Until a recent update, the Veolo didn’t have access to the Android Market, making it rather basic. Thankfully, the Market was installed in a recent patch, bringing with it access to countless useful apps, including YouTube, BBC iPlayer,, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Aupeo. In addition, most services you’ll find on other media streamers are available in the Android Market, plus many more that you won’t find elsewhere.

AC Ryan Veolo

As well as media apps, you can add email, calendar and even document editing apps, turning the Veolo into a mini-PC attached to your HDTV. It’s not all smooth sailing, however: in GMail, we could see our mailboxes but not the list of emails itself, while in BBC iPlayer, we could see the menu headings across the top of the page, or choose the Channels, Categories or Live TV options, but despite a spinning icon indicating activity, no videos actually appeared in the lists. Hopefully these bugs – no doubt caused by Android 2.2’s limitations with screen sizes – will be fixed in a future firmware update.

AC Ryan Veolo

Both USB mice and keyboards are supported by the Veolo, and you can have both plugged in at once, provided you don’t need either of the USB ports for an external drive. The keyboard defaults to a US layout, however, but there are only a few keys you’ll need to remember to swap as you type (the @ and ” symbols, for example). The mouse’s right button acts like Android’s Back button, while pressing the middle mouse button brings up the menu.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Media Streamer type streaming multimedia receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback Yes
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats FLAC, MKA, RA-Lossless, COOK, DRA, RA, TTA, APE, AC3

Video Compatibility

Other video formats MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, WMV, XVID, DIVX, VC-1, RealNetworks

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support Yes

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 0
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 0
Other connectors 2x USB, SDHC


Size 36x150x114mm
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 8W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £168
Warranty two years RTB

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