MegaMind Player doesn't make the cut

Look elsewhere for an easy-to-use, all-in-one digital media player.

With so many free media players available to download, it's hard to know which one to use. But they tend to break down into two kinds, easy-to-use and do-it-all. MegaMind Player is an easy-to-use media player, though a bit too basic: It offers few of the amenities needed to live up to its claim of being an all-in-one digital media solution, and there's some clunkiness, too. It also uses components of Windows Media Player, so it's not the best choice if you're looking for an alternative.

We've seen every kind of user interface, but MegaMind Player's blocky, asymmetrical layout takes up too much space for the controls it offers, and there's no way to resize it, or to change the unfortunate background color. The attached Playlist can be minimized but not resized or moved, and it sticks up above the player controls on the left side. It's a very simple Playlist that merely shows the files you've added, making it difficult to play movies and other multifile media, and programming is impossible. More troublingly, we couldn't even drag the player's interface on the desktop; it remained fixed in position. Again, the control panel is much too large for its basic layout. It has the usual full screen, shuffle, and repeat functions, and a volume slider, but that's about it. We discovered no Help file and no options or settings beyond those on the program's interface. It played image slideshows, music, and movies, though we couldn't resize the screen; the two options were full-screen or the standard, fixed view.

MegaMind Player is certainly capable of playing or displaying a variety of digital media files, and it certainly seems to be as simple as media players get. But its deficiencies mean we can't recommend it, not with so many excellent freeware players out there that do everything MegaMind Player should do, and more.

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