Certainly the most capable handheld video player we've seen to date. With its unrivalled screen and codec support, its direct recording capabilities and its ability to playback DVD video files without transcoding, Cowon's A3 is a well-priced behemoth for portable video lovers, despite the advertised HD video support being so disappointing
The Android-based Samsung Galaxy Player 50 aims to knock Apple's iPod touch off its pedestal, but fails. A number of flaws mean this media player feels rushed and generally unimpressive.
The Creative Zen Sleek is a decent WMA alternative for those looking for a music-only high-capacity MP3 player.
The Mcody M20 is a stylish MP3 player that's super-slim and incredibly lightweight. Unfortunately it's quite hard to use and is very fiddly at times -- it might suit a tech-savvy commuter, but it's not a good choice for kids or technophobes
The iRiver T60 terrific-sounding player, and many people will find the use of AAA batteries handy. But the very low-resolution screen doesn't impress and navigating the thing can be tricky at times
For the price, the Zen Stone is a killer MP3 player with great audio quality. Its tiny size and minimal features make it perfect for people who want a second player, for when they don't need their entire music library with them
A superhuman MP3 player with a very mortal sound, the mobiBLU DAH-1900 may have stamina, but it's got no style. mobiBLU has released some decent MP3 players in the past, but this one is a disaster. It may play for 153 hours without a charge, but the DAH-1900 sounds so lacklustre you'll unplug it after just one song
The built-in speaker may have few real-life applications, but it makes room for a more capacious battery, and it takes nothing away. For that reason, and because of its tiny price, we can't help but think this is a stunning alternative the iPod shuffle
The new 'wire-free' Walkman sports a lighter, improved design and better waterproofing. It's set to ship in March for $99.99.
This large MP3 player offers a slew of connectivity, recording, and sound options.
If you need lots of music at your fingertips and hate bloated interfaces, the Recorder 20 is the device for you.
The Philips GoGear Jukebox 6GB (HDD1630) will please penny-pinchers and patient power users alike, but if you demand a speedy processor in your MP3 player, look elsewhere.
Slow performance, a relative lack of storage, and uninspiring audio quality mar an otherwise clever idea.
For a budget portable media device, the likable Kingston K-PEX definitely rocks.
While the Key019's coolness factor may appeal to the must-have gadget crowd, photo and music enthusiasts will find it lacks certain features they've come to expect in many of today's portable convergence devices.
The Sony W-Series Walkman is a great option for active users who want an all-in-one music device to use while working out.
Toshiba adds some useful technology and features not found on the iPod, but too many unnecessary limitations, sloppy software, and counterintuitive ergonomics add up to a wasted opportunity.