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Media Player Classic

MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.

Rating

5.0

★★★★★

Amazing

Rating

4.0

★★★★☆

Great

Media Player Classic Specs

  • Version: 1.7.1
  • File Size: 9.8MB
  • Price: FREE
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Overview:

Media Player Classic is a free media player that brings back the look and feel of the classic Windows Media Players, but with a whole host of updated and expanded features and control options.

Pros:

For users who have been using Windows for most of their lives, the Media Player Classic interface will look familiar and be easy to navigate. The lightweight installation makes this player very easy on system resources, and is ideal if you are using an aging computer or a computer where processing power is a concern. As is the case with many of the free media players, Media Player Classic will do the basics very well, but has a lot more robust control options that advanced users can set up to their specs.

Cons:

The only real con of Media Player Classic is that it doesn’t do anything amazingly. It’s a solid video player, it runs smoothly, and the interface is easy to navigate. However, there are no amazing features that set it apart from any of the rest of the competition. There are some odd quirks, like the fact that if you hit stop, the video starts again from the beginning (you need to hit pause to resume from the same spot) or the fact that it defaults to muted audio. Still, those are just minor gripes.

The Verdict:

If you’re looking for a lightweight, solid, reliable media player that won’t overwhelm you with features or a long setup process, Media Player Classic will fit the bill. If you’re looking for advanced tools and pro-level controls over playback features, you may be let down. Still, with the variety of file formats it can handle, and the familiar look of the player itself make it a great option for people looking to simplify their media player experience.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Pros: lightweight installation makes this player very easy on system resources

Cons: no amazing features that set it apart from any of the rest of the competition

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