The Good The Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player is a wind-up MP3 player that features video playback, a photo viewer, an FM radio, a voice recorder, a line input recorder, a text reader, expandable memory, and a flashlight. You can even use it to charge your cell phone.
The Bad The Eco Media Player is bulky, expensive, and includes only 2GB of storage. The music player does not support DRM-protected music, or ID3 tag sorting. Video playback is dim, and the screen is relatively small.
The Bottom Line The Eco Media Player may be overkill for recreational camping, but it's a perfect boredom-buster for globe trekkers, extreme outdoorsman, or MacGyver.
Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player
The Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player ($350) is an MP3 player that can be powered using either a USB connection or a built-in hand crank. In spite of its novelty, the Eco Media Player is a relatively full-featured MP3 player that includes video playback, an FM radio, voice recording, line recording, and a photo viewer. Price, bulkiness, and low storage capacity, however, make the Eco Media Player strictly a specialty item meant for campers and people living under extreme conditions.
The Eco Media Player is a chunky little guy that measures 2.5 inches high by 4.5 inches wide by 1.25 inches deep. Don't judge him by his looks, though; the Eco Media Player is designed with utility in mind. Like the Swiss Army Knife of portable human-powered entertainment, the Eco Media Player's design is packed with every imaginable MP3 player feature--and even some features you might not expect on an audio device (flashlight, anyone?).