Portable Media

Acer MP-340 20GB PMP

Acer MP-340 20GB PMP

The new Acer MP-340 PMP is smaller and much more pocket friendly (weighs only 148 grams and measuring 95x65x20.6mm) than the MP-500. The screen size is smaller measuring in at 1.8-inch, 160x128 TFT display, supports H2.64 format video. It’s also got a 20GB HDD with file support for WMA, MP3, WMA DRM compatibility, voice recording and JPEG photo playback. The biggest surprise of all is the preloaded Sudoku, ebook reader along with other preloaded games. There’s also an SD slot for memory expansion and playtime should be around 10-hours via a rechargeable battery.

Acer MP-340 Portable Media Player [via MobileWhack]

Creative Zen Vision Widescreen (W) Portable Media Player

Creative Zen Vision Widescreen (W) Portable Media Player

Yes, the W in the name Vision W stands for widescreen; and widescreen it is. The 3.7-inch display on the ZV increased to 4.3-inch with the ZVW. According to Popular Mechanics, the problems with viewing angle no longer exist, and made the BOLD statement that it’s the best screen they’ve seen on a portable media player.

The ZVW plays every file format from MPEG, AVI to various types of DivX. There’s also a CompactFlash card slot for additional storage.

The 30GB model sells for $399, while the 60GB will cost $499.
Creative Zen Vision W Revealed! [via epizenter.net]

Sansa e280 is World’s Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player

Sansa e280 is World’s Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player

SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) 1 Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is the latest evolution of SanDisk's flagship e200 series. The 8GB device sports a microSD expansion slot allowing expansion to 10GB of music—or 2,500 songs—with an optional SanDisk 2GB microSD card, making it the largest capacity  flash-based MP3 player on the market.

In conjunction with the rollout of the e280 and in preparation for the holiday season, SanDisk has lowered its prices on the entire Sansa e200 line of products, including the existing 2, 4 and 6GB models.

Current pricing on the Sansa e200 product line includes a 2GB flash-based player for under $140 MSRP.

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SIRIUS Official Announcement of Stiletto 100 and 10

SIRIUS Official Announcement of Stiletto 100 and 10

The new Stiletto 100 and 10 will ship in September and October, respectively. These two portable players are capable of playing live Sirius broadcasts. Both models offer the same touch-sensitive wheel that’s located below the large, easy-to-read color display screen. The Stiletto 100 storage has the capacity to how up to 100 hours of MP3 and WMA files. It features WiFi, includes a unique antenna headphone for improving signal quality. Other accessory includes two lithium-ion batteries, one large and a slimmer version. The full-size battery allows four hours of live satellite radio listening and up to 20 hours of pre-stored-content listening, while the slim battery has only half the listening time. Also included in the package is the AC charger, earbuds, and a PC cable.

The Stiletto 10 will only have 10 hours of storage and doesn’t have WiFi – priced at $249.

Video: Viliv P2 Hands-on Preview

Video: Viliv P2 Hands-on Preview

Who needs a stinking Zune when the Viliv P2 is here now with spanking features like AMD processor 400MHz, 60GB of storage, 4.3-inch widescreen LCD display, an optional GPS receiver, USB 2.0 connectivity, and touch-screen? The Viliv P2 supports MPEG (1, 2 and 4), H.264, DivX, WMV, XviD, OGG, MP3, AC-3, and WAV formats. Click for the video after the jump.

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Gizmodo’s Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details

Gizmodo’s Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details

The first ever image was just leaked minutes ago, and now more exclusive Zune info as promised by Gizmodo! Lets dive in and get to the gut of the Zune. The scroll wheel isn’t a wheel at all. They’re just four buttons arranged in a wheel formation. Boo! This is a big drawback for iPod users. Then again, Microsoft doesn’t want Steve accusing them of being copycats. Similar to the scroll wheel, the scrolling speed increases if you hold the button down longer. There’s even a large letter that appears in the corner corresponding to the letter of the current song when browsing through the list.

On the back, there’s a grip so you can comfortably hold the player when watching video in landscape mode. There’s also a magnet of some sort on the back of the Zune for headsets to attach to – nice touch. The other functions of the magnet can be used for docking or attaching a case to it. This is still being hashed out. There’s an iPod-like dock connector at the bottom of the unit, while the case itself is plastic and semi-transparent.
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RoverTv Mobile Media Player To Go

RoverTv Mobile Media Player To Go

The RoverTv portable media player is by far one of the sexiest devices I’ve seen. It merely weighs 4.5 ounces and roughly the size of a deck of cards, making it extremely pocket-able. Cool features like record directly from TV, DVD, CD, FM or computer (supports Mac and PCs), RoverTv accommodates MP3, MP4, WAV files and more. Built-in software allows for easy transfer of video and music content to and from the device. There’s also a built-in FM radio receiver to listen and record FM radio. It's ashame there's no WiFi.

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Here Comes the Sirius Stiletto 100 Fully-Portable Satellite Radio Receiver

Here Comes the Sirius Stiletto 100 Fully-Portable Satellite Radio Receiver

UPDATE 08/28/2006: Added hi-res image and retail product sheet, thanks to SSG for the high-resolution image of the SIRIUS Stiletto and GSI.
Oh boy – I’m getting chills down my neck as I eagerly write about the Sirius Stiletto 100. I confess that when Howard Stern moved to Sirius, I was one of the many millions that subscribed. I’ve been waiting months on in for a portable solution from Sirius. Howard and Bubba the Love Sponge (Howard 100 and 101) my dear friends, I’ll have you everywhere I go – in my car, my office, airport and yes even while I’m on the toilet.

The Sirius Stiletto 100 is a serious portable device with a bigger screen and an easy-to-use click wheel (similar to that of the iPod). Other cool features include up to 100 hours of music (MP3/WMAs), audio via WiFi connectivity. There are two batteries included with the packaging. One standard, and one extended life, which offers 4 hours of live Sirius reception, 14 hours of WiFi reception, and 22 hours of stored playback time. Yes it does sound confusing right now, but things should be cleared up closer to launch – I hope.

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First Zune Content Revealed

First Zune Content Revealed

The official Zune guys of Madison and Pine just shared some of the content that’s expected to come with the Zune. I have no clue who these guys are - the Subpop’s CSS and Hot Chip, but what I do know is I don’t care for demo tracks or videos. I’ll end up wasting more time deleting them off the device. Thanks but no thanks – I’ll add my own content. If this is what Microsoft means by a greater experience, they’ve got their work cut out because everyone’s taste in music is different. Boo!

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Curon QCOX PMP With Click Wheel

Curon QCOX PMP With Click Wheel

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, so does the same principle apply to designing PMP? There’s the usual Windows CE 5.0-CE based operating system powered by AMD’s Alchemy chipset. Most PMP offers a 4.3-inch screen, 30GB hard drive, supporting a variety of audio and video files. More and more PMP also features a T-DMB receiver and supports “HD quality TV out,” in countries that support it. So what did Curon give the QCOX to make it stand out from the rest of the crowd? A simple and easy to use circular click wheel, that’s found on some digital cameras. This is a nice addition allowing users to switch between modes easily and quickly forgoing the GUI.

UB-890 PMP

UB-890 PMP


This is possibly one of the tiniest PMP on the market, weighing merely 55g.  The screen is only 2 inches so it might be difficult to watch video or read your ebooks comfortably.  The UB-890’s storage capacity range from 1-4GB; which is plenty of room to store a couple of videos, ebooks or songs for the road.

Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: For HDTV on the Go

Artec T14A USB TV Tuner: For HDTV on the Go

If you love your HDTV, but hate not having the ability to utilize it everytime your on the go (or simply on your laptop), then Artec's T14A USB TV Tuner might be just what you need. While it requires you to have a normal analog TV Tuner card already installed, this little device llows you to pull HDTV streams right over the air and retails for $89 at the lowest, which is still one helluva lot cheaper than buying an HDTV, an HDTV-ready set top box, and any of the hundred accessories or addons that you may or may not decide to need.

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