Items tagged with PMP

There are iconic brands, and there are really iconic brands. Sony's Walkman line is easily one of the most famous of all times, and the new NWZ-W260 keeps the lineage alive. It's a new one-piece, water-resistant W Series Walkman MP3 player for sports enthusiasts, which weighs around 24% less (and is around 2/3 smaller) than the prior model. It features a rinsable, wearable and water-resistant headphone-style design, perfect for those who just can't stop exercising. The water-resistant frame ensures it can withstand sweat from intense workouts in any weather condition, and it ships with Content... Read more...
You might think we're living in an iPod world, but while that unit may rule the roost in terms of sales, there are still plenty of alternatives popping up for those who aren't onboard the Apple bandwagon. iRiver is a major player overseas, and the company's slick and sleek design language translate well on this site of the ocean. The company's P Series hasn't been updated in some while, but now that's changing with the introduction of the P8. It's a beautiful media player with a vast array of files that are supported, a battery that will last 9 hours, and 8GB/16GB of internal storage. There's also... Read more...
More new gear from Creative? Yep! The company has gone quite some time without really introducing any new equipment in the consumer universe, but that all changed over the past week. Perhaps the most interesting of the new additions is the ZEN Style M300, which is a music, photo and video player with Bluetooth wireless audio playback. It measures 55x44x12mm in size, has an open microSD card slot and a 1.45" TFT screen with Touch Buttons. It looks somewhat similar to an iPod nano, but unlike Apple's unit, the M300 starts at just $49.99. For that price, you can probably spring for one just for gym-use.... Read more...
If the iPod touch is the iPhone without a phone, the Galaxy S WiFi is the same device over on the Android side of things. The company has just launched two incredibly sleek players in Korea, the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and WiFi 5.0. The only major difference is the screen size; the 4.0 has a 4" panel, while the 5.0 has a 5" panel. Both will have a 1GHz CPU and ship with Android 2.2, with the 4.0 shipping first in Russia and the 5.0 first in Switzerland. Both are expected to roll out to other nations shortly. Essentially, these two players are similar to the Galaxy S smartphone, but there's no phone aspect... Read more...
So, wait. The Zune HD isn't dead? Hmm. After hearing that Microsoft was transitioning away from the Zune HD hardware and focusing more on software, it seemed easy to assume that the Zune as a standalone hardware icon was dead. But that may not quite be the case yet. Microsoft made it pretty clear that Windows Phone 7 would be their focal point this year, and the media integration aspects were taking over for Zune in some sense. But now, DaveMac-MS -- manager of business development for Zune hardware -- is saying something a bit different. He claims that he still has the title just mentioned, which... Read more...
Why wait for CES? That's exactly what Archos is thinking. The company has just revealed that the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, the first Android tablet with a 250GB hard drive, is now on sale and available to purchase in the United States. This is a unique Android tablet, as it focuses first on being a multimedia tablet. There's plenty of storage for your music, photos and videos, and there's a high-res screen, a 1GHZ CPU and a Wi-Fi module. It's on sale now for $349.99, which is actually less than a Galaxy Tab with far less storage. If that's too large for you, the Archos 28 and 32 are also shipping... Read more...
As if it weren't official already, 3D has taken over the world. It's hard to say if the trend will continue this time, but the 3D effect is now filtering down into gadgets that were previously immune to 3D coverage. Even Nintendo's DS will get a 3D overhaul next year, and now Cowon has revealed a media player that will as well. Simply called the Cowon 3D, this simply designed media player retains the sleek style that Cowon is known for, but adds a 3D panel and support for 1080p playback. There's an HDMI output, a 4.8" display (800x480 pixels) and a 3D visualizer that doesn't require glasses. The... Read more...
Microsoft's Zune HD sure has seen a difficult road. No matter how hard the company tried, they never could gain ground on Apple. The iPod has proven too strong for even Microsoft's marketing powers, and now it's rare to hear anything about the player at all. Microsoft is still making them, but they're hardly marketing it; at this point, the iPod has simply taken over, and as SanDisk's CEO pointed out a few years back, it's hard to "out iPod the iPod." But that's not to say the Zune HD is dead. United Airlines has just given the media player a new lease on life thanks to a partnership that will... Read more...
Now this is impressive. In fact, it's hardly believable. SanDisk's CEO was quoted a few years ago as saying that no one could "out iPod the iPod," and over the years, that has been proven true. Even mighty Microsoft couldn't put a dent in the iPod's market share with the now-forgotten Zune, and one could argue that Sony never really tried. But that's in America. Over in Japan, it's another story. Sony has a huge, huge following in Japan, while Apple is still trying to break fully into that market. A new survey on sales from the country recently found that for the first time, Sony's Walkman has... Read more...
Is SanDisk back in the portable media player business? It looks like the answer may be "yes!" The company's Sansa line has faltered in recent years, with the last unit to come from it being introduced so long ago that most of you probably don't even remember it. The company's CEO once admitted that no one could "out iPod the iPod," so we just assumed SanDisk gave up trying as Apple continued to gobble up market share. Clearly that's not entirely true. The Sansa Fuze+ is the company's comeback device, but it's not even trying to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft's Zune HD or Apple's iPod touch. Instead,... Read more...
Cowon's a company that few people in America have heard of, mostly because they don't spend a great deal of money marketing themselves here. The likes of Apple and Microsoft are much more known in the mainstream, but Cowon's competing in the same portable media player space. By and large, the company makes great products. They're sleek, they're portable and well-built. They're extremely popular in South Korea, and they're trying hard to widen their presence in other countries. There's hardly a better way to do that than to simply continue to produce new gear. The company's latest device is a real... Read more...
Sungale isn't a popular name like Apple, Acer or Archos, but it's making a play for the portable media player market with its Kula TV. Boasting a 4.3" display, a pop-up Wi-Fi antenna and the ability to stream Internet content, this is one of the most interestingly designed PMPs that we've seen to date.The screen is actually a touch panel, and it also includes 2GB of internal memory, but otherwise there aren't many details to go on. It will arrive in March at $199.99, presumably with support for a wide range of audio and video formats. The full press release is below.Sungale Streamlines Kula Tv... Read more...
When you think of ViewSonic, you probably think of LCD monitors. Believe it or not, this company is actually pretty diverse, and its easily-recognized monitor division is just one of the many aspects where it  to the larger realm of consumer electronics. Take the VPD400 for example, which is a rather robest media player that actually looks a lot like something a top-label company like Apple would create.The MovieBook VPD400 describes itself as the next generation of the ultimate, all-in-one portable entertainment experience, and while we kind of doubt it'll take the place of the iPod, the... Read more...
It's a good time to be in the market for a portable media player. From Apple's iPod lineup (the obvious choice) to Microsoft's Zune HD to Archos' range of media-centric players, you've got options galore. But just in case you still weren't confused enough as to which device was right for you, Creative has just added another to the mix. The company once famous for its expansive range of audio cards has begun to dabble in the wide world of PMPs, and while it's newest product is no iPod touch, it may just be enough for you. The ZEN X-Fi2, as it's known, is a touch screen-based player, and on paper,... Read more...
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