Portable Multimedia Players

These days, portable media players are everywhere. Devices such Apple's iPhone manage to pack video and picture playback into common everyday devices, whereas units such as the Creative Zen Vision W offer a more dedicated media playback solution.


Portable Media Centres

Pros:

  • Big screen
  • Lots of storage
  • Usually has the ability to output to as well as record from TV
  • Often support a huge variety of formats

Cons:

  • Usually very large
  • Heavy
  • Slower operation than flash players
  • Less durable than flash players
  • Low battery life

We have created a third category which we have called Portable Media Centres, for lack of a better term. Simply put these are basically the same as the hard disk PMPs discussed earlier, with a few differences. They typically come sporting much larger screens, anywhere from 3in to 6in, and often have the ability to output to a variety of display panels.

In essence these devices are targeted at the video and photo enthusiast. The LCDs on these models are more than large enough to enjoy feature films or hours of television episodes and the image quality also tends to be better than on either of the other two types of PMPs. You'll also find they tend to support a larger variety of files, ensuring they will cater to a wide variety of users. Nonetheless, we'd recommend checking the supported formats before purchasing, just to be safe.

Meanwhile on the connectivity side, the majority will offer composite if not component output for pumping your media through to a television. But it doesn't just stop there, with many allowing you to also record footage and store it on the player.

Of course these advantages don't come without some tradeoffs. Portable Media Centres are by far the bulkiest of the PMPs. They are unlikely to fit in your pocket and most require two hands just to hold. They are also relatively heavy and you'll definitely feel the added weight in your purse or bag.

The big display also typically means battery life is greatly decreased. You will often only get enough charge for one or two full length feature films, as opposed to the 15+ hours of music playback you'll get on a flash-based PMP.

Aside from these differences they have all the same pros and cons as the aforementioned hard disk players.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

GoodGearGuide Staff

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?