JCMatthew MyMovie review:

JCMatthew MyMovie

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Typical Price: $249.00
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CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Sharp, colourful display. Good media file support. Decent battery life. Great bundled accessories.

The Bad Poor vertical viewing angle. Reflective glass display can be distracting. Clumsy controls.

The Bottom Line For the money, you'll struggle to find a media player with the clarity of this display and the versatility of its media support.

8.0 Overall

Entering a world already crowded with digital photo frames, where its space in turn has been encroached on by the Apple iPad, the JCMatthew MyMovie has a tough journey earning a place in our hearts and on our already cluttered mantelpieces. Though it's not intended as a tablet PC, the MyMovie does well on a number of tasks the iPad is known for, and comes at a significantly lower price — AU$249 RRP.

What we like

The centrepiece of the MyMovie is an 8.9-inch 1024x600-pixel LCD display. The colour reproduction is really quite remarkable for a device in this price range, though you need to view it from directly in front to get the full impact. The built-in speakers are also pretty good, a little tinny as you might expect, but fine for blasting out some background music. If you want more intimate audio there's a 3.5mm headphone socket on the side for plugging in your favourite cans.

At its core, the MyMovie is a personal media player. It supports a range of video and audio formats including MP4, DivX, XviD, Real Media and popular ripped DVD video formats, plus MP3, AAC, WMA and WAV audio. The MyMovie can also build image slideshows out of JPEGs and bitmap image files, and can display subtitles while videos play.

Media can be stored on either the internal 8GB of memory available or on an external SD memory card. You get a mini USB cable in the box to transfer files directly from your PC — no clunky middleware needed here. Also in the box is a leather headset pouch that turns the handheld screen into a mountable car video player. You just slip the cover over the back of a headrest and slip the player inside — a very cool idea.

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