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June 14, 2006

My ideal Media Player

Engadget highlights a new product coming from Philips that is yet another Personal Media Player that is hitting the market in September. I think the addition of a small stand is actually a handy thing for those airline flights.

David at eHomeUpgrade mentions this when talking about the Philips product:

Rather than opt for the "smaller is better" philosophy, the PMC from Philips opts for a more video-friendly approach to their design.

Having stocked up on various PMPs for testing our product TVHarmony AutoPilot, there are a lot of great products out there that support video but not many that are a great form factor for my 3 and 5 year old to use in the car.

As a consumer, I'd love to find an inexpensive 7" screen PMP that I wouldn't feel uptight with my 5 year old holding it while she's making a mess eating goldfish in the car. Right now, I've tried only two solutions neither of them are ideal. The first is a cheap portable DVD player, which has all the issues with scratched DVD disks and the hassle of carrying around all the accessories. The second is to have a portable screen like a Lilliput that gets connected to the video output of another PMP, but that turns out to be a cable nightmare as well.

Here's my ideal cheap product that I wish existed:

* 7" screen
* No hard drive/ No DVD player
* dual headphone jacks
* a video out jack
* An SD or compact flash card slot
* A usb connection so you could transfer files directly to an SD card
* Capable of playing Divx/Xvid files
* Plays mp3 and views photos
* Decent battery life
* Sub $200 retail

Is that too much to ask?

Posted on June 14, 2006


Just curious why no hard drive? Do iPod's have problems with them. I would want a hard drive and an SD slot. This way you could have your favorite videos on the device, but still be able to swap out a movie with a friend's card to see their movie.

Posted by: D-man at July 2, 2006 05:42 PM

Hard Drive = moving part = first thing to die when the device is dropped.

Posted by: Wizard Prang at January 3, 2007 01:45 PM

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