The Good Sleek design; good format support; works with downloaded BBC iPlayer content.
The Bad Navigation is slow and laborious; noise-cancelling technology isn't very effective.
The Bottom Line The GoGear Muse is a better media player than Philips' previous offerings, as it supports a wider range of video and audio formats, and features a much more attractive design. But these enhancements still don't make up for the poor screen and disappointing user interface
Philips GoGear Muse
Apple's market-dominating iPods make it difficult for other companies to compete, but Philips is one of the few that's still plugging away. The GoGear Muse is its latest high-end portable audio and video player and comes equipped with on-board noise-cancelling technology. Our review is based on the 16GB model, which costs about £150, but a 32GB version is available for around just £30 more.
Slimmer and sturdier
The Muse supersedes the as the premium offering in Philips line-up of portable media players. It features a number of enhancements over the Opus, including a larger, 76mm (3-inch) screen, redesigned user interface and the addition of on-board noise-cancelling technology. Perhaps the most noticeable difference when you initially set eyes on the player is its slicker design.
Philips players have been rather bulbous in the past, but the Muse is a much slimmer affair, measuring only 9mm thick. The player also feels much sturdier than previous models, and the glossy front is complemented beautifully by the brushed steel finish on the rear.
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