The Good Eco-friendliness; general functionality; usefulness; no batteries required; doubles up as a portable phone charger.
The Bad Price; no belt clip; line-in socket should be 3.5mm; torch is utterly pointless on an MP3 player; included earphones are abysmal.
The Bottom Line An extremely niche product and as a result of its high price, probably only one for campers, travellers, the seriously pro-green or anyone desiring music when they can't guarantee mains power exists. Costly, but too cute to dislike
Baylis Eco Media Player EP-MX71
When describing the Baylis Eco Media Player EP-MX71, it's hard not to think of treehouses, dreadlocks and music festivals.
This is an MP3 and video player that needs no power cables and will potentially work for years without ever being connected to a computer. It's powered by a hand crank, an internal dynamo and a lithium-ion rechargable battery. It's the eco-warrior's dream; as environmentally friendly as a tree with an acoustic guitar wedged in it.
For around £129 for a 2GB player, it sure isn't as wallet-friendly as it is earth-friendly. Is its green nature worth such a high price, or is this just a giant wind-up?