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  1. iRiver Clix 2 review

    iRiver Clix 2 review

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    Better known for its MP3 players, it was only a matter of time before iRiver branched out into PMPs. The company clearly favours the 'small is beautiful' approach. The Clix 2 is a tiny, lightweight device that can be slipped into a pocket without spoiling the line of your favourite jeans

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    Cowon iAudio A2 review

    Cowon iAudio A2 review

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    A neat and compact PMP with a superb 16:9 4in LCD, with a 480 x 272 resolution. The A2 is well specified in other areas too - onboard are an FM radio, line-in recording, AV output for TVs, 30GB of hard disk capacity, alarm clock...

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    iRiver X20 review

    iRiver X20 review

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    The H10 has been perhaps the greatest mainstay of the resistance against iPod tyranny of late. With simple controls, a ton of features and solid construction, it showed the late iPod Mini the door and, size aside, stood nose-to-nose with the Nano

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    Apple iPod review

    Apple iPod review

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    This is the state of the art as far as iPods get. In almost all respects, this is the same as the fifth-generation iPod released in 2005, and commonly known as the iPod Video

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    Archos Gmini 500 review

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    Decked out in uber-cool black-brushed aluminum, the Gmini 500 is a slightly 'cut-down' version of Archos' AV500. Having said that, the 30GB capacity of the 'base' AV500 has actually been expanded to 40GB for the Gmini

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    Apple iPod 5G review

    Apple iPod 5G review

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    This, the fifth generation of Apple's music player, is the first with video compatibility, but this newfound feature is more of an afterthought than a top selling point

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    MSI D310 review

    MSI D310 review

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    Pocket TVs are nothing new. Many can play media files, but it's a bit of a rarity to find one armed with a digital tuner, for accessing Freeview and DAB

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    Apple iPod 30GB review

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    What can you say about the iPod that hasn't already been said? Its signature white headphones can be seen dangling from the ears of every other person that you pass on the street - it's quite simply become one of the cultural icons...

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    iLuv i1055 review

    iLuv i1055 review

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    The video iPod is a fantastic movie player, but its enjoyment is slightly hampered by the small screen size. Love them as we do, we love our eyes more and long sessions looking at that screen just aren't fun

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    Archos AV700 review

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    The tablet-like AV700 - from Archos, the company that arguably initiated the portable media player revolution - is its first model to sport a 16:9 screen. And what a screen - it's 7in diagonally, has a 4:3 mode for older material and is matt-finished...

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    Creative Vision:M review

    Creative Vision:M review

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    Creative started making audio players before they became personal. They were hulking, oversized Discman-style leviathans. Then came the iPod and while Creative laboured over largely unappealing Zen series players...

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    Archos AV700 TV review

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    Archos has added a new 40GB variant on its AV700 PMP to the market - the AV700 TV. It's exclusive to Dixons/Currys and takes the feature count of the original model even further by specifying UHF DVBT digital TV reception!

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    Archos 404 review

    Archos 404 review

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    Although recent iPods will play video, their screens are tiny and the format support is extremely restricted. The 30GB Archos 404 isn't quite as small, but it's around the same price and plays a heck of a lot more. Oh, and it's got a built-in 'camcorder'.

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    Archos 404 review

    Archos 404 review

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    If you're thinking of buying a personal media player (PMP), there are a multitude of the things out there, but Archos is a manufacturer you should give serious consideration, as its 404 PMP testifies

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    Creative Zen Vision: M review

    Creative Zen Vision: M review

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    The company that created the digital music player market now snaps forever at Apple's heels, but it's close to drawing blood. Creative has suffered a few embarrassing misfires, so it's great to see it back on track with the Zen Vision range

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    LG MF-FM37 review

    LG MF-FM37 review

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    In the world of portable media players, the LG MF-FM37 is a bit of a touchy subject. This astonishingly slim gizmo features a 2.4in touchscreen LCD, which means all of its functions are accessed simply by poking your finger at the screen

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    Archos 404 review

    Archos 404 review

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    Archos is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the PMP world and hopes to continue its fine form with this 30GB unit that counts a camcorder and 1.3 megapixel digital camera among its features.

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    iRiver Clix review

    iRiver Clix review

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    This is one of the most innovative players we've come across in recent times. Not only does it feature a click-screen to navigate the menu, it's built for movies as much as music, with its wide-aspect QVGA screen

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    Archos 404 review

    Archos 404 review

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    Depending on what your point of view is, a camcorder could be a dexterous recording device or a handy memory-snapper. The first will give you high-quality results, the second will give you fast results at a variable quality

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    Archos 604 review

    Archos 604 review

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    This portable video and music player may be the replacement for the much lauded AV500 device, but it actually has less in the way of features. The AV500 was a multi-talented gadget, as it could both play back and record video ...

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    Archos 504 review

    Archos 504 review

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    Archos' 504 is the world's first large-screen portable media player with a 160GB hard drive. It'll allow you to store an impressive 450 movies, which should be more than enough to keep even the most avid film enthusiast quiet

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    Mio Digiwalker H610 review

    Mio Digiwalker H610 review

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    Not all PMP devices put entertainment first, as the DigiWalker H610 is first and foremost a pocket-sized satellite navigation system that claims to offer a generous serving of digital entertainment on the side

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    MSI Mega View 588 review

     

    There's no getting away from the fact that the MSI Mega View 588 is an ugly piece of kit. It looks like MSI has used a camera casing, as it has a tripod thread and battery hatch on the bottom...

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    Epson P-2000 review

    Epson P-2000 review

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    The P-2000 is designed specifically for digital photographers, and ithas a largest and easy-to-view display. It takes CompactFlash and SDcards directly, and Memory Sticks and xD Picture cards via an optionaladaptor.

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