It's been a while since an MP3 (or rather, ATRAC) player impressed us this much. Sony has nailed the small-form player and delivered everything you could hope for. Aside from the typically pointless SonicStage software, this is a master stroke
The slimmed-down features list bothered us at first, but what Archos has done is given you the choice -- if you don't want to record TV shows, you don't need to buy the dock and can save yourself £70 off the price of an AV 500. Improved design and similarly strong performance makes the 604 a more than worthy successor
The Creative Zen V Plus is a superb choice for anyone looking for a compact and feature-filled flash MP3 player with great sound quality. If you're looking for a more sophisticated design (or have large thumbs), look elsewhere.
Many prospective MP3/PVP buyers have been waiting patiently for this compact, easy-to-use, one-stop shop for media files--looks like the Toshiba Gigabeat S was worth the wait.
It's taken a relative newcomer to show the old timers how to do things right. PQI hasn't been in the mainstream long, but its P600 blows away the competiton like a nuclear bomb. Feature-wise, there's nothing more to ask for here. A few tweaks to the user-interface and PQI could just push this product from merely impressive to spectacular
Creative's experience in MP3 player design has finally paid off. This is an exceptionally capable player, impressive both for its good quality audio output and its video playback features. The Vision:M leapfrogs the iPod's current video offering and proves itself a worthy contender. With a revision of the navigation system Creative will have a killer on its hands
The Creative Zen Micro Photo is an excellent full-featured MP3 player and, for its size, a decent photo viewer; it just doesn't combine the two effectively.
The AV500 is a marked improvement over previous Archos efforts -- the experimental predecessors paying off with a truly desirable gadget. The screen is fantastic, the chassis is sleek and the features are plentiful -- only the interface disappoints on this gorgeous piece of modern gadgetry
The well-appointed Archos AV500 puts wide-screen video in your pocket, but we're still waiting for a point-and-click way to get video into the device.
The pricey iRiver U10 is a superbly designed MP3 player that is both easy to use and packed with pretty much every feature in the book. But Apple won't be quaking in its boots until iRiver ups its capacity to 2GB and 4GB.
Thanks to its limited capacity, the gorgeous iPod Nano isn't for everybody, but it sets the standard for MP3 players to come.
The NW-E507 looks fabulous and sounds just as good. Top volume falls well short of the iPod, but then you don't want to break your ears. If this almost immaculate player has a flaw, it's this: the jukebox software is poorly designed. You'll have the smartest looking MP3 player on the street, but when it comes to transferring songs, you'll be cursing the software
The Babel Fish of portable video players -- there are very few codecs that this can't cope with. The mPack's screen is sharper and significantly more vibrant than anything else we've looked at in the world of handhelds. Best of all, there's no need to recompress your video for playback. This is an interesting offering from a relative newcomer to the scene
The iPod Photo is a beautiful and versatile device with a new, affordable price.
Apple's fourth-generation iPod delivers notable improvements to an already excellent product--and at a lower price.
This tough microdrive player has a lot of selling points but holds only 1.5GB.
This fine portable entertainment device proves that you can take it all with you.
The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.