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55 products

  1. Apple iPod Classic review

    Apple iPod Classic review

    8  

    Apple doesn't make a specifically prescribed video player, but this hot-of-the-presses new generation of its flagship portable is the closest. The entry-level capacity is now 80Gb, and the top end a seemingly impossible 160Gb

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    Apple iPod classic 80GB review

    Apple iPod classic 80GB review

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    What does the word 'classic' suggest to you? A timeless masterpiece, a nostalgic yearning for the past. Or something that's past its prime? The new / old Apple iPod classic is all these things and more. Let us explain...

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    LG MFJM53 review

    LG MFJM53 review

    8  

    LG isn't afraid of outrageously stylish products, as its range of mobile phones has demonstrated. Some of that maverick spirit is also evident on the MFJM53 portable media player.

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    Apple iPod Photo review

    8  

    Okay, so this isn't the long-awaited iPod video, but to be honest we don't really care - personal video players currently only have niche appeal, and it's music on the move that really matters

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    Maxfield G-Flash Metal review

    Maxfield G-Flash Metal review

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    This MP3 Player is slightly larger than a regular USB memory key.Finished in aluminium, it comes with Toni Braxton's Libra albumpre-installed.Magix MP3 software is provided to turn your CD collection into a digital format

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    ATMT X-Seven review

    ATMT X-Seven review

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    Despite appearing to have the word sex in its name (though we're assured it's an X-Seven), this is one of the least desirable players around. The tiny screen and hard edges make it feel like the kind of imitation iPod you might find in a market

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    Creative Muvo TX FM review

    10  

    As the name suggests, the Muvo TX FM is more than just an MP3 player - Creative has also managed to squeeze in an FM radio along with 256Mb of flash memory. This gives you more musical choice if you are on a particularly long trip

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    Apple iPod Nano review

    Apple iPod Nano review

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    The Nano is a stunning piece of aesthetic design. Unfortunately like having a Ferrari that's tethered to its favourite petrol station with a steel cable, you're stuck with either iTunes or slightly clunky third party apps to manage your music.

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    Apple iPod touch 32GB review

    Apple iPod touch 32GB review

    9  

    When Apple announced the iPod touch back in September 2007, our reaction was lukewarm. We'd already used the iPhone and the touch felt like a cut-down version.

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    Apple iPod classic 80GB review

    Apple iPod classic 80GB review

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    For us, the newly renamed iPod classic is the quintessential iPod, and on sheer value alone, it blows every other iPod out of the water. At the per-gigabyte price of the original iPod, the 160GB model should cost an astonishing £11,168

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    Jivo Utune FM review

    Jivo Utune FM review

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    After a group test and many single reviews of FM transmitters such as this one, there are a few things about this new Jivo product that strike us as a bit odd. Firstly, why do you need a battery compartment on an FM transmitter?

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    Transcend T630 review

    Transcend T630 review

    8  

    This 4GB player is packed with functionality. Alongside an FM radio, it has a voice recorder, karaoke-style lyrics display and a timeshifter which speeds up and slows down your music while retaining the correct key, which is rather fun.

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    Apple iPod nano review

    Apple iPod nano review

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    The iPod minis with their colourful cases were incredibly popular back in their day, and with the new second generation iPod nanos, it seems things have come full circle - because colours are back

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    Creative Zen V Plus review

    Creative Zen V Plus review

    10  

    Creative launched its Zen Vision range of portable media players earlier this year and gave the all-conquering iPod a real run for its money. The Creative Zen V Plus continues that run

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    Samsung YP-K3J review

    Samsung YP-K3J review

    8  

    Everything about this player oozes sex appeal. With its chrome-trimmed exterior and sharp display, it's perhaps (whisper it) more physically desirable than the iPod Nano. The controls are excellent and the interface is a joy to use.

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    Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 review

    Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 review

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    Hercules Mobile DJ MP3 review: To us, DJing is witchcraft - transmuting Kylie Minogue into Tom Jones in any way deserves acclaim. This is why we're deeply suspicious of anything that claims to make it 'easy', or even worse 'fun'

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    Samsung YH-820 review

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    Not all hard disk MP3 players are created equal. Exasperated, we eventually achieved something close to an enjoyable listening experience from this diminutive player, but it took three sets of headphones before we were satisfied with the output

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    Sandisk Sansa Clip review

    Sandisk Sansa Clip review

    8  

    This Flash-based MP3 player is pitched as a rival for the iPod Shuffle or the Creative Zen Stone, but manages to have a style all its own.

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    SanDisk Sansa View 16GB review

    SanDisk Sansa View 16GB review

    9  

    It's easy to see how SanDisk has managed to establish itself as a firm number two in the American MP3 market. The iPod, of course, rules the roost over there, as it does in practically every country on the planet. But SanDisk's Sansa MP3 players have slowly been building a following, and with the View, that following only looks likely to get bigger

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    Sony Walkman NW-A805 review

    Sony Walkman NW-A805 review

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    Saying that Sony dropped the ball doesn't begin to describe quite how catastrophic the past five years have been for the company's forays into the post-Minidisc, portable music player market

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    Apple iPod Nano review

    Apple iPod Nano review

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    The baby iPod is style over substance incarnate. That's not necessarily as bad as it sounds: to a lot of people, what their player looks like is genuinely important, as is feeling like they've got something that seems worth the money they spent on it

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    Sony Walkman NWZA815 review

    Sony Walkman NWZA815 review

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    Pitched directly at the iPod Nano market, Sony's latest Walkman has a few advantages over its rival. The screen is bright and crisp and the displayed MP4 videos look great. The battery life, too, is impressive should it manage the purported 30 hours continuous audio playback it promises.

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    Creative Zen Stone Plus review

    Creative Zen Stone Plus review

    8  

    We're so accustomed to Apple dominating the MP3 player market that it's difficult for other players to make an impact. However, with its 2GB of space and neat array of colours, we think Creative may be on to something with the Zen Stone Plus

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    Cowon iAudio 7 review

    Cowon iAudio 7 review

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    This 4GB flash media player's a doozie. Like most devices of its size, it's not so hot for video - tiny screens and tinier processors maketh not for a compelling viewing experience - but as a picture viewer and MP3 player, it's a cracker

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    Creative Zen V Plus review

    Creative Zen V Plus review

    10  

    Creative might be onto a good thing with its most recent players, but its names for them are only going to confuse punters. Do you want a Zen Nano, a Zen Stone, a Zen Stone Plus, a Zen Vision, a Zen Vision: M, a Zen Vision W, a Zen V or a Zen V Plus?

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