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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Creative's Little ZEN Style M300

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/05/...style-m300-pmp/

"Creative Technology Ltd today announced the launch of the Creative ZEN Style M300 music, photo and video player with Bluetooth wireless audio playback. Just 55 x 44 x 12 mm in size, the Creative ZEN Style M300 is packed with features including a microSD card slot and 1.45" TFT screen with Touch Buttons, and it is priced from only $39.99."

If you're looking for a small MP3 player that doesn't cost a bunch, and is easy to carry/hold on your person (gym workout anyone?) then this new ZEN looks like a winner. It comes in 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB sizes and can be expanded via microSD cards. Add in 20 hours of battery life and Bluetooth for wireless headphone support, and you have a compelling MP3 player - especially with prices running from $50 to $90.

I just wish devices like this would sync with the Zune software - I don't even have my music loaded into Windows Media Player 12 any more, I use the Zune software for all music listening duties. Creative can make the best software in the world, but without a solid ecosystem of software and entertainment to go with it, they simply can't compete with Apple products.


Friday, April 1, 2011

New Cowon D3 Plenue Android PMP Reviewed

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/29/...p-review-video/

"This beaut is one of the few pocketable Android-based PMPs available today, offering up a gorgeous 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchpanel (800 x 480), dedicated media controls along the edges, Android 2.1, WiFi, 1080p video output, a built-in microphone and a battery good for up to 21 hours of use."

I wasn't familiar with Cowon before this. The D3 Plenue is an interesting Personal Media Player. It has some serious strengths like excellent audio quality and support for all kinds of formats including FLAC and OGG Vorbis. Unfortunately it also has some issues like no access to the Android Market and apparently a user interface that can take some getting used to. There may be a new firmware on the way to fix some problems and there is even the possibility of it getting Gingerbread so who knows what upgrades and fixes may be in store but check out the Engadget review for their take on the device as it is available now. Do you have one or want one? We would love to know your thoughts!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Toshiba Release 1.8 Inch Hard Drives With Low Insertion Force (LIF) Connector

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/24/...drives-with-li/

"The MKxx39GSL family is designed for applications requiring not only the smaller, lighter footprint of 1.8" drives, but also the highest possible storage capacities. Both feature a 16MB buffer for improved performance. The drives are capable of withstanding the demands of mobility usage, tolerating up to 1,500Gs of non-operational shock and 600Gs of operational shock, compared to 900G of non-operational shock and 400G of operational shock for the most robust 2.5-inch HDDs currently available. The drives are also exceptionally quiet, operating at 14dB at idle and 15dB at seek, and require only 0.35 Watts of power at low power idle, the smallest power consumption levels for any SATA drive. All of this performance is delivered in a form factor of just 48g/5x54x71mm."

There's still some life left in tiny hard drives, though their time on this earth is coming to a close: available in 160 GB, 200 GB, and 220 GB capacities, these new drives from Toshiba are aimed at portable media player market. Although the industry is clearly zoned in on flash-based memory, there's something to be said for a small device that has 220 GB of storage. The impressive 600G of shock that it can absorb without damage is impressive, though I still feel like anything with a hard drive would have to be treated more gently than something based on flash memory. I wonder what sorts of device we'll see these in?


Monday, January 3, 2011

Amazon UK Now Offering Samsung Galaxy Player

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:30 AM

http://erictric.com/2011/01/02/sams...1-announcement/

"Last week, it was revealed that Seoul, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics had developed an Android-powered MP3 player called Samsung Galaxy Player to take on the iPod Touch by Apple Inc. and the Zune HD by Microsoft Corp. The company was expected to revealed the device at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show [CES] in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, Amazon.com has put the device up for pre-sale on its U.K. website."

Although the dedicated MP3 player market is shrinking - Apple is selling less iPods now than a year ago I believe - it's still a vital market with a lot of money attached to it. Riding on the success of their Galaxy Tab, which is widely regarded as the best Android tablet on the market today, Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy Player this week at CES. Amazon UK has published the specs early though; it will have a 3.2 inch display, be available in 8 GB and 16 GB capacities, support a wide variety of audio and video codecs (MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, WMA, OGG, AMR, MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, and Xvid), and perhaps most importantly will have fully sanctioned support for the Android Marketplace - and be running Android 2.2 (Froyo).

My reaction? Media players need decently large screens - I already feel like the 3.5" screen on my iPod Touch is too small, so 3.2 inches is going in the wrong direction. For compatibility with Android apps, the resolution is presumably going to be 800 x 480, so I'd have preferred to see a 4" or 4.3" screen in there.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Archos Newest Android PMP

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://electric-echoes.blogspot.com...ted-by-fcc.html

"Hot on the heels of last weeks Archos 32 Minidroid comes another device from Archos forthcoming 'Generation 8' line-up. As the name suggests, it is a 2.8" media player running Google Android. The user manual and internal photos are available on the FCC website."

I think Android makes a fine core OS for a PMP. All the basics are already taken care of and a lot of expandability is already there. But, I also see the stand-alone PMP going the way of the stand-alone PDA. From a hardware perspective, my Droid makes a fine PMP, all it really lacks is a really great media app. So if Archos develops one for their own Android devices, I wonder if we'll see it released on the market for other non-Archos devices?


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Archos 7 Home Tablet

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/03/...-pmps-hands-on/

What you've got here is a 7 inch screen, Android 1.6, and a price tag of around $200. A fresher version of Android would be nice, but hey, this is quite a bargain for a nice sized tablet browser, perfect for sitting on the couch. Hopefully it has access to the Google marketplace for extra apps. From what I've read, it doesn't look like they are using the "pay for additional functionality that should have been included in the box" model from some of their other devices.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Iriver Wins Award For Goofiest Named Media Player: The iriver P.ple P10

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/arch...es-official.php

"iriver presented a load of new players at CES this year and now another one of these has become official and available now in Korea. The iriver P.ple P10 is another technological marvel that may or may not ever see light outside of Asia. The device has a 4" 800x480 touch screen, 33GB 1.3" HDD, flash lite support, internal speaker and TV out. It supports pretty much any video format you can throw at it including Xvid at up to 720x480 (DVD resolution) so the player should do wonders for watching videos. On the music front it does mp3, wma, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Wav and APE so it should be well covered there too. There's also a pro version that features a DMB tuner, but that will definitely not make it to the US or Europe so all we can do is hope that the standard version will."


iriver officially wins the 2008 Digital Home Thoughts Award for Goofiest Named Media Player! But don't let that goofy name distract you from the SERIOUS specs that accompany this little device. I really like the fact that it supports just about every audio and video format out there. Would you choose the P.ple P10 over an iPod Touch?

Tags: video, music, iriver, pmp

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