An Elegant Audiovideo Player: Toshiba Gigabeat S

 
 
By Mike Kobrin  |  Posted 2006-07-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Review: The new Toshiba Gigabeat S series is a serious contender in the hard drive MP3 player market. (PCMag.com)

The new Toshiba Gigabeat S is one slick-looking MP3 player. Available in a white 30GB model (S30, $299.99 direct) and a black 60GB model (S60, $399.99), it sports a sharp 2.4-inch LCD, a slim profile, and a nifty cross-shaped button array. Although it lacks voice/line-in/FM recording, this Windows Mobile-based hard drive player offers very good sound quality and is a solid alternative to an iPod for Microsoft Windows users.
Media Center PC owners, especially, will be intrigued by its familiar Portable Media Center interface.
Audio geeks will dig the players support for the WMA Lossless format, and photographers will like the USB Host feature, which lets you connect the player directly to a camera or other USB device. I hope that a good accessory market will spring up around it soon. The Gigabeat measures 2.4 by 3.9 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs a scant 4.3 ounces.
Click here to read a review of a bargain-basement MP3 player, the SanDisk Sansa c150. Its an attractive player, with a silver anodized aluminum back, a white (S30) or black (S60) front that appears fairly scratch-resistant, and chrome trim. Theres a cross-shaped four-way rocker with a center select button on the front (a mechanical control replaces the earlier Gigabeats touch-sensitive strips), and just below the 320 by 240-pixel, 2.4-inch LCD, theres a back button and a start button. If these were the only controls on the player, Id be satisfied. But for some reason, Toshiba chose to put tiny play/pause and track skip buttons—as well as dedicated volume controls and a power button—on the right side. Read the full story on PCMag.com: Toshiba Gigabeat S Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
 
 
 
 
Mike Kobrin is PC Magazine's lead analyst for audio products, including headphones, MP3 players, and speakers. He is also a working trumpet player in and around New York City.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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