MediaGear HD2Go Portable Media Viewer

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The last time we looked at MediaGear, they were hawking some USB drive card reader. They've stepped up their game a bit since then and are now hawking a portable media device, the HD2Go. While it may look like just about every other portable gadget on the market, the HD2Go's 20GB hard drive and 3.6-inch color LCD try ever so hard to get you to notice it. With a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, the screen is actually pretty decent for a portable device; on it you can view JPEGs and GIFs as well as video in the form of MPEG, VOB and AVI. Not even the iPod supports some of those formats natively.


As expected, the HD2Go also plays digital music in all the formats popular with the kids nowadays: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA and AC3 make an appearance, but AAC is curiously absent. So if you've used iTunes to encode your library, tough luck.


The battery on the HD2Go supposedly lasts 4.5 hours while playing video and 15 while playing music. MediaGear will be selling it through its Web site soon enough for $295.95.

MediaGear Zooms In With HD2Go [Digital Trends]

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So does that mean then that "For 30GB iPod money, you should get 30GB iPod screen" and downgrade the screen to a smaller one?

There need to be some trade-offs. If you expect all products to be the same price as the iPod and only have equal or greater hardware I think you're asking a bit much.