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Portable Media Storage/Playback

by TheOriginalJimGo / July 1, 2013 5:27 AM PDT

We have kids, and I'd like to be able to rip their favorite DVD's and other programs to a portable device so we don't have to worry about losing the DVD's when they want to watch something in the car or when visiting my parents or in-laws. I know I can get a laptop, but I don't want that kind of bulkiness, especially in the car. I know I can get an iPod/iPhone, but they are insanely expensive for the amount of storage they provide, and I'm really not looking for something with an integrated screen. Is there a sub-$100 device (and preferably les than $50) that has enough storage for 5 or 6 feature-length movies, and that I can output to HDMI as well as the old-fashioned RCA-style video jacks?

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At that price I came up empty handed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 5:33 AM PDT

What have you found so far at 50 to 100?

Maybe some cheep tablet but you have likely read the issues with those.
Bob

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So far...
by TheOriginalJimGo / July 1, 2013 9:27 AM PDT
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Didn't know the storage was optional.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 10:04 AM PDT
In reply to: So far...

I see no storage, no display so it's missing the price target by a wide margin IMO.
Bob

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No need for display.
by TheOriginalJimGo / July 1, 2013 12:18 PM PDT

No display needed. I just need something that will store the movies and be able to play them back when connected to a screen. We already have displays and sound systems in the car, house, in-law's home, parents home, etc., so I see no reason to pay for the display again. Sorry if that wasn't clear before.

The storage can be removable or integrated, I don't care. But that $35 unit, plus a 32 or 64 GB storage card would just about do it for me (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003FVG3PC/ref=redir_mdp_mobile) I've never heard of that brand, though, and wanted to see of others had better suggestions, especially at a better price point. I wasn't sure if there would be a HDD-based device with 50-100GB of storage for not too much more than this device. I hadn't seen one, but thought maybe I wasn't using the right search terms.

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All 50 to 100GB units blow past your price point.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 11:37 PM PDT
In reply to: No need for display.

Looking at 64GB flash cards is most of your budget and there are no 50-100GB HDDs in production so that's not out there.

I think you've found something. My thought is a cheep tablet might be an alternative.
Bob

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I found that 32GB has the best value lately.
by Oldartq / July 2, 2013 4:59 AM PDT
In reply to: No need for display.

I have seen the prices from $17-$22 but be sure they have a speed rating of 10...or you are not comparing the same value.

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I would try it
by Pepe7 / July 3, 2013 1:27 AM PDT
In reply to: No need for display.

Although I have a feeling the reviews are a tad 'juiced' Wink

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Look at these
by samkh / July 2, 2013 10:59 PM PDT
http://www.cobyusa.com/?p=pcat&pcat_id=2001

They take microSD. I'm sure you can hunt them for <$100, the 5" sold for <$50 a while ago. You don't need the screen but if it's there, why not? Kids can even watch in car.
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They aren't worth $20
by Pepe7 / July 3, 2013 1:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Look at these

Pure garbage. Don't even bother.

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