Today's DAP Headlines:
We bring you some new micro-hdd DAP coolness, with the 6GB Philips HDD1630 and Sony's 8GB NW-A1200 entering our arena. If you prefer something even more compact, it might be interesting to check out the Mpio FL-400, another necklace-style type of device for pimping around with. Oh, we're sorry - you actually think this is all a tad too small? Well, take a look at the Toshiba X-series then - 60GB slimness on the go. Where have heard that before? Finally, there's the ultimate weird DAP for this month: KNC's HR-811.
Well, with the slick-looking 30GB HDD6330 already out there, Philips figured it wouldn't hurt anyone to come up with a smaller version as well. The HDD1630 is a cute little 6GB DAP that comes with a color screen and UFO landing strip-like controls (touch-based). We like that smooth blue lighting against the HDD1630's serene black background, although the screen could have been bigger, better, less-pixelated and whatnot. There's a 4GB version out there as well, should you really be interested.
Sony on the other hand, doesn't have to worry about uninspiring color screens - as far as DAPs are concerned, that is. Their upcoming NW-A1000 and 3000 players (6 and 20GB respectively) both come with a very brightly-illuminated, crisp clear yet "monochrome"-type of OLED screen. Let's not mention whole thing's resemblance to a soap bar, design-technically speaking - we'll focus on the NW-A1200. Guess what? It's an 8GB version of the NW-A1000. The end.
We've already seen some of iRiver's wearable DAP jewelry - dubbed "N10" and "N11" - but did you know that the South-Koreans over at Mpio were offering an alternative as well? That one's called the FL-3x0, and the time has apparently come to introduce a successor to said unit. They've named it "FL-400" this time, and it's smaller plus better-looking than the FL-3 series. Too bad that it'll only run for 8.5 hours per fully-charged battery. Price for the 512MB version is said to be some 160 euro, whereas doubling that capacity will require you to drop another 30 euro or so. Available by the end of November, if all goes well.
With the new iPod already being available for purchase, Toshiba would be well-advised to hurry up a bit and release that darned X-series already. It's not like this successor to the relatively successful F-model offers video playback, extreme storage capacities or anything else that could blow the iPod v5 out of the water. The most important pros are the X-series' slim appearance and a high-quality QVGA screen - but the added value of such features has been compromised by Apple as well, these days. Leaves us with an empty, hollow feeling inside as well as the knowledge of both 20 and 60GB versions coming up (labeled "X20" and "X60"), next to the already-announced X30.
To conclude things for today, here's something you'll not see every day. The KNC HR-811 from China has this rather... unusual touch to it. You know, the touch that helps it to turn into a werewolf under the cover of a round, full moon. 512MB inside or not, this thing looks like it was dropped off by a cursed species of strange-looking aliens.