It Cancer awareness month and every company with a bit of social responsibility inclination is doing something in this month. Kudos PR departments! Latest to join the list of gadgets to be released this month is Zen V Plus in Pink color. Creative’s this model is a limited edition MP3 player and has hosts of features and new improvements. Here a list of few: it is an audio, video, photo player with FM tuner (32 channels come preset). The display is 1.5-inch OLED and screen resolution is 128 x 128 which gives much sharper and clearer images. It’s 2 GB capacity can have 66 hrs of WMA recording or 500 MP3′s and it supports MP3, WMA, IMA ADPCM, WMA DRM and image supports JPEG, Album Art. Supported Music Services: PlayForSure, Audible (2, 3 and 4). The dimensions are 43.5 x 15.9 x 67.5 mm and it weighs 43.5g. The price is quoted as $139.99 from creative site and at Play.com it is £100. We also stumbled upon a video on YouTube comparing Creative Zen V with Nano!
It’s a P.Pod! No do not make the mistake of relating it to iPod. It is a tiny little MP3 player measuring just 3-inch x 1-inch so has been aptly named P.Pod or I guess a Pea Pod . It has 256 MB of internal storage memory (which I think is a bit too low considering other DAP’s in the market). It supports MP3 and WMA files format and I can not tell you how many tracks you can store in it but I can assure you they won’t be many. It has a large (by its standard) LCD display with backlight so that it can display your favorite tunes. The P.Pod has built in voice recorder and this petite thing is USB compatible which makes it easier to download songs. It also has enough space to have buttons for volume control and play/pause. Powered by a single AAA battery it comes at a price of $27(cheapest bargain in the market of DAP).
Hed Kandi is a MP3 player from the Ministry of Sound and it’s named after one of their sub-labels. The theme player is engrossed with the graphics of Hed Kandi. Available in pink and white version the MP3 player has 512 MB internal storage memory and has a hidden OLED display. The player also comes pre-loaded with 5 tracks of Tennishero and Shaolin Master. The internal rechargeable batteries give 12 hours support to the player and you can record up to 240 of your favorite tracks on it. The player also has got voice recorder and is USB 2.0 compatible. A mini-USB cable comes with this player. The player supports MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM files. Slated for a Mid-November release this player will cost you £70 or $133.
Toshiba has come up with its P20K and P10K, new GigaBeat MP3 players, which basically are an modernize versions of the Gigabeat P5 and P10 MP3 players, offering 14 hours of nonstop playback with integrated Lithium Ion battery. Equipped with FM tuner, microphone, USB connectivity, 5 preset EQ modes, voice recorder, the latest duo of GigaBeat player presents a 1.1-inch (96 x 96) OLED display and supports MP3 and WMA files as well. As well as you may remove the Face Pad and change it with some other panel of your interest. The unit comes in an 83 x 31.9 x 12.9mm dimension and just weighs 50g. Available by December, the P20K and P10K will cost 17,980 Yen ($ 150) and 13,980 Yen ($ 120) respectively. Oops………….. earlier will be available in Japan only. You may have to hang around for a while.
Following the proclamation of its Hassle Free MP3 Player, couple of weeks back, CMTECH is all set for compact and portable Live CA-C265 with 54.4 x 39.6 x 12.7mm dimensions weighting 34g, possibly one of the smallest digital audio players available in the market. Featuring integrated FM radio, support for MP3/WMA/TXT, and a USB 2.0 high speed interface, in addition to unique features designed to learn foreign languages, the mp3 player with wide buttons presents 1.2-inches LCD with the resolutions of 128×64 that supports 65,000 colors, DRM, 2GB memory, voice recording, direct encoding, text viewer and many more. Its battery life is about 12 hours, rather sufficient for one go. Still no words on pricing as well as availability.
The B-Twin is a DAP from Rimax with two jacks for headphones so that the need of splitting your headphone incase you want other person also to hear the music that you are playing. It supports a 1.8-inch LCD and has rechargeable batteries that can support this DAP for 5-6 hours. There is also a feature of external speakers with options of 1GB or 2 GB flash memory. The player sports almost all the known video and audio file format like MPEG-4 or GIF/JPEG photos. Windows Media audio files are also supported by this DAP. Rimax has also thrown in FM radio and voice recording with this DAP which will boost its capabilities. I think the above configuration makes it a good bet to by this audio player. The DAP has been priced at $ 132 at RMXdirect a British store.
The creators of Zen have launched a whole new range of speakers to integrate with there popular DAP. The Creative X-Fi Sound System Z600, Creative PlayDock Z500 and the Creative TravelSound ZEN V docking speakers. If you go by the looks they are a clear winner and add style to what ever place they are kept. The Z600 is the top of the pile and has got award winning X-Fi audio processor which will restore all the details and vibrancy that are lost during download compression of the file. The system consists of two wall mounted satellite speakers with a subwoofer and a 8-inch driver to give you the experience of sound and bass that you have never experienced before. There is also a fully functional remote with the system which will allow you to navigate the Zen’s playing functions. It can also be attached to an array of other appliances like TV DVD and CD player, the audio video out function will allow you to pipe media content to your TV. Now the second product the Creative PlayDock Z500 a docking system for ZEN V plus. It has got a fully functional remote and a Creative’s Wide stereo Effect which produces superior sound quality and these are magnetically shielded. As Z600 you can also connect Z500 to a range of appliances around the house and even receive crystal clear FM with this docking system as it has a built-in telescopic antenna. The last but not the least product is the Creative TravelSound for ZEN V Plus is also a docking system powered by 4 AA batteries which has the ability to play music up to 25 hours before batteries run out of power. It has four Neo- Titanium micro-drivers for smooth and crystal clear sound. The digital amplifier also increases the life of batteries. And if you pair it with Zen 8GB then you can listen to 4000 songs on the go. The entire product range is slated to be released on November 24th and Z600 will put you down by $399. The Z500 will cost $199 followed by TravelSound which will take away $129 from your pocket.
It’s been long that customers were on the lookout for much awaited new 4GB clix portable media player by iriver. At last, iriver has launched its new-fangled out the doors media player featuring support for MP3, WMA, ASF, and OGG music files, in addition to MPEG-4 simple profile QVGA video, and for not more than the feasible price of $200. Presenting a 2.2-inch QVGA display, integrated FM tuner, voice recorder, as well as extensive 25 hours of battery life, the hot portable media player offers a couple of clix accessories, an FM transmitter and car charger, together with iriver earphones, preloaded tracks from eMusic, preloaded games, printed manual and USB 2.0 cable. All these accessories arrive protected with 1 year limited warranty. You might not be able buy it, right now, but just hang around as it is on the threshold.
Rising from the catnap, Cowon has officially announced the Cowon D2, a new player that you may easily reckon as a reproduction of i-Station mini, not only in features, but external manifestation as well. Featuring TV-out support, large format support, FM radio and Line-in recording, touch interface by transparent overlay GUI, in addition to 94mW output (47mW+47mw), the Cowon D2 present integrated DMB, 1 to 4GB storage capacity, SD Card slot for SD&MMC and 2.5 inch LCD (320 x 240). Boasting huge 45 hours of battery life (in MP3 mode) and 8 hours on DMB, as well as 30 frame QVGA movie playback, the D2 player supports a variety of files including WMV9, MPEG4 (Movie), and MP3, Ogg, WMA, FLAC (Music). Sorry pals! For now, it is only for Koreans. All you can do is just wait for your turn. No words on pricing and availability.
As technology is growing day by day, the modern gadgets are becoming smaller and superior. And to meet the obsession of the people with minute gadgets companies are coming up with smaller devices. Memorysolution’s Lavod LFA-262B is a tiny MP3 player that certainly will attract the attention of who has a passion for ultra-portable gadget. Supporting equally the WMA and MP3 formats and featuring a 2-color OLED display, digital voice recording capability and a incorporated equalizer, the Lavod LFA-262B comes in an 84 x 28m x 11mm dimension and just weights 28 grams. It also presents a couple of earphone jacks that allows sharing tunes with a friend even without the need for an extra adapter. You can choose between the 1GB for €35 and 2GB for €45 versions of the Lavod LFA-262B.