If you’re just dying to get your hands on anything and everything having to do with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, perhaps a MP3 player will whet your appetite. At least, that’s what the makers behind the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium “Bird’s Nest” Style Design MP3 Player are hoping for.
Trade shows are notorious for introducing products that never actually reach the market, and if we're honest we thought the orbitsound single-speaker "stereo aura" range would disappear without trace. Not so: the company's T3 personal powered stereo speaker - which hangs around the neck and creates a bubble of stereo sound around the wearer - goes on sale this week.
Creative have announced their latest PMP, and it seems they've drawn inspiration from their bathroom. The ZEN Mosaic is a flash-based media player with a 1.8-inch LCD, audio and video playback, as well as an FM radio and voice recorder. Initially available in 2GB and 4GB sizes, next month will see 8GB and 16GB versions join the line-up.
iRiver is no stranger to sleek designed portable media player, and today iRiver unveiled yet another small and sleek player, the Lplayer Multifunctional MP4 Player. The player features iRiver’s unique D-Click control, 2.0-inch TFT Wide LCD screen, and FM tuner.
Creative made things official with the Zen X-Fi PMP earlier this week in Singapore, confirming that the music and video capable player would be hitting shelves there imminently. Now, courtesy of Buy.com, we have US pricing, and it turns out the figures are pretty close to like-for-like conversions.
Creative have finally brought their new PMP, the Zen X-Fi, blinking into the sunlight. The WiFi enabled media player had already been spotted surfing the FCC, but Creative's Singapore division has officially announced the new Zen. Among its talents are wireless streaming and content sync from a PC, together with instant messaging via the onboard Yahoo! and MSN clients.
While Nextar insist on calling their new T30 PMP "sleek and stylish", and I'd argue it's actually more "bland and mildly orange", what we can probably both agree on is that there's a fair chunk of functionality for your $99.99. Built around a 3.5-inch 262k color 320 x 240 QVGA display, sadly not a touchscreen, the T30 packs 4GB of onboard storage, an SD slot for expanding that, and measures just half an inch thick.
Amex Digital, who make a variety of home entertainment and HTPC kit, have just announced this, the iMON HD Mobile. Billed as a portable media center, it seemingly comprises a VFD display and IR receiver (with bundled remote) that can control all manner of media software. It'll also display email, news and weather information.
With the array of Eee-style budget notebooks clamouring to play the role of your companion PC, Microsoft's UMPC format is being forced to think outside of its traditional box to score sales. Gigabyte have stepped up with the M700; while it may look like a typical 7-inch touchscreen slate, in actual fact it's running VIA's 1.2Ghz processor with the new VX800 chipset (with Chrome 9 graphics and video decoding hardware) and is part of the company's latest IPTV push. The M700 is in actual fact a mobile media center, complete with a dock that packs a digital TV tuner and IPTV streamer.
Check out the video overview of the Gigabyte M700 after the cut
Creative has taken time out from licking its class-action wounds to stuff a few more gigabytes into their Shuffle-rival, the MuVo T200. The PMP, which previously had only been available with 2GB, will now come in a 4GB version. Unlike Apple's entry-level MP3 player, the T200 has a compact 128 x 32 pixels 65k color display.