Today's DAP Headlines: Toshiba has introduced a newer, smaller, and sleeker Gigabeat, we've got more details on the shaver/Mp3 player known as the Safa q200, and finally, a player with "Metro Sexual Style", the Mpio HD400.
Toshiba's original Gigabeat F-series of Mp3 players were labeled "iPod killers" by many, with its sleek look and beautiful color screen fueling the hype. However, most reviewers shot it down as not very user-friendly. Toshiba's second stab at it, the Gigabeat X30, may not fix that issue, but it does offer impressive improvements nonetheless. They've been able to cut the unit size 20% (weights just 134 grams now), add WMA-DRM support (for online music stores), and increased the already spacious LCD to 2.4 inches. Not a bad upgrade overall.
Convergence products are the wave of the future, and while the Safa q200 looks like a electric shaver/DAP hybrid, we're not quite at that level yet. Still, the q200 offers a nice OLED screen, FM tuner, voice recording and more. It's fashioned as one of those pendant players you wear around your neck with a lanyard, but we suspect a "do not knick yourself while wearing" warning will be on the box.
So, the Mpio HD400 has rounded edges, a smooth body, and nicely layed out controls. What's not to like? How about the advertising: Metro Sexual Style - Mpio HD400. It may have just been crossed off a few lists with that line. Still, it's up to you to check out the pics and see if you're "man" enough to carry the HD400 in your purse...I mean pocket.
Lastly, there's the launch of the ultimate iPod Shuffle accessory, a keyboard with 3 USB 2.0 slots for easy docking. In reality it works with any USB compatible Mp3 player, so if you're constantly pulling a muscle reaching behind your PC to plug in your DAP, the $40 keyboard may be a must-buy.
Thanks folks, see ya next time!