Review: Sumvision Cyclone Micro 2+ Hardware | My Reviews 25 AUG 2011

Billing itself as the smallest MKV media player in the world, the Sumvision Cyclone Micro 2+ HDMI high definition media player may very well live up to its tag – when I opened the box I couldn’t believe that the device lying inside was literally the same size of my credit card in terms of dimensions!

Anyway, what it is, is a simple high definition media player with upscaling abilities that doesn’t come with any built in storage but is more that capable of accepting anything you bring near it sporting a USB output or SD (plus derivatives) card, like your USB thumb drives, external hard drives or even camera memory cards.

Sporting HDMI output the Cyclone Micro 2+ (there were two versions before this one) is able to play back material in full high definition (720p, 1080i, or 1080p), and thanks to its digital coaxial port, it can push out full 5.1 cinematic digital audio as well when needed. Needless to say, it can also handle photos as well as do MP3 music playback, and as an added bonus, also in its box of tricks is the ability to handle subtitle files and even e-book files! (It also comes with a fall back standard AV output mode for those of you who might not have a HD television set).

In terms of supported video codecs and formats, it turns out that there is very little that this little media player monster can’t handle, with support for all the major video file formats of today, from H.264 through to XVID and even RMVB if for some reason you need it.

Build quality is sturdy enough on what is a pretty lightweight device, and everything clicks nicely into place when you plug it in. The single power state LED isn’t blindingly bright and the remote control works pretty well for the most part, though you do need a good line of sight and be on a close vertical and horizontal level to the device when using the remote.

The user interface is exceedingly simple, basically an initial menu to select source or change the device settings, and from there, just a basic file system browser which lists all your files in alphabetical order, with a small preview window for each file.

Playback options via the remote control includes all manner of nice things, like being able to set the video playback dimensions, the audio source, subtitles and even a nifty little goto function that lets you quickly select a point in time of a video that you want to skip directly to, in amongst all the standard functions like play, stop, pause and of course fast forward/rewind.

Finally, the winning factor of this little Chinese beauty – the price. At only R440 from, this little HD media player is a steal, making it well worth the effort of grabbing if you don’t already have such a device. Sure it doesn’t have all the nice bells and whistles like built in storage and network streaming capabilities, but it does what it does VERY competently.

(Just a note. The box comes with the device, a power cord, an AV cable, an audio cable and the user manual on a disc. No HDMI cable included, so you’ll have to pick that up yourself. But they are pretty cheap these days, so that shouldn’t be much of a problem.)

Specs grabbed from the official website: (

  • Audio File Support — MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, APE, AAC and ATRA.
  • Video Resolution — H.264, MKV, RM/RMVB, WMV9 and TS supports up to 1920 x 1080p at 30fps
  • TV system — PAL, NTSC, Auto
  • Video Container — MKV, TS, M2TS, TP, WMV, VOB, AVI, MPG, MP4, M4V, MOV, RM, RMVB, XVID, FLV and PMP.
  • Video Output — Composite Video and HDMI
  • Image output — Support – JPEG, JPG, BMP, PNG and GIF
  • Subtitle Text — Support – SSA, ASS, SUB, ACSII and UTF8
  • Video Codec Support — H.264, H.263, MKV, RM/RMVB, WMV9, MPEG 1/2/4, Xvid and FLV
  • External — external HDD, USB pen drives, portable, via USB Host
  • Audio Output — Stereo, Digital HDMI and Digital Coxial.
  • Languages — English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
  • Power Adapter — Universal AC 100 ~ 240V 50/60Hz
  • E-book — TXT, LRC and .C
  • Power — DC 5V, 2A

In summary, a pretty good purchase thus far.

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • chris20

    Hiya Craig,

    Do you have an affiliate link w/

    If you do, update your post or mail me – want to buy 2 for me! And you might as well make some $$$ for the free advertising you give!


  • J-Man

    I bought one of these players as far back as July 2011. The player is fantastic. However, I lost the remote and that basically renders the player useless. Apparently, you can get a OneForAll remote that will emulate the player, but these are high end remotes and cost more than buying a new one. For those wishing to buy, consider rather the new Cyclone 3, which can be powered by the TV’s USB port as well as having a power adaptor. Don’t buy the player in SA – they are ridiculously expensive. I bought mine on and it cost me about R310 including shipping.

    Just don’t lose the remote or get it broken! I have tried to get a new remote separately but Sumvision doesn’t have contact details and all the suppliers are in UN. I suspect that the Cyclone 3 and Cyclone 2+ remotes are identical – although this has not been confirmed. Certainly you cannot use a Micro 2 remote on a Micro 2+ player. Micro 2 remotes are terrible apparently.

    The one criticism I have on the remote is that the remote is black and the colours of the print on the remote is blue. That’s fine if you have light and you can read what the buttons do, but in dark or near-dark you’re guessing blind. Sumvision corrected that with the Cyclone 3 – you can purchase the player in white which makes the remote’s button labels a bit easier to read.

    • J-Man

      Er, that’s UK, not UN!

    •  Awesome, thanks for the heads up!

  • tehtorq

    Hey Craig
    Doug from high school here :P Came across your review after seeing this media player on Takealot. Very nice review! I have a WD TV Live media player, which is pretty good but there are two things that bug me. 

    Firstly no software volume control at all, meaning if I plug it straight into a monitor, I have to stand there to adjust the sound when starting a movie. Can you control the volume on the Cyclone via the provided remote? 

    Secondly, it can’t handle exFAT formatted drives, which is a pain because it seems like the only file format the both Windows and Mac OS X play nice with. Any idea if the Cyclone can handle exFAT?

    I suppose I could just google this info, but it seems way more fun this way :P

    •  Hey Mr. Anderson, glad to see you’re still around and kicking (though of course, not quite sure why you wouldn’t be! :P). Definitely has volume control on the remote, but I can’t give you an answer on the exFAT question.