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Toshiba Gigabeat S

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If you are looking for a music and video player and are avoiding the iPod for whatever reason, don’t forget about the Toshiba Gigabeat S. It offers a large (2.4 inch) screen with color and 2 viewing modes, plus touch controls and an FM radio tuner. To top it off, this device comes in whopping sizes of 30GB and 60GB. The controller, mounted on the front of the unit, is easy to use and have the feel of a game controller. Couple these features with a blinding fast boot time and you have a recipe for a winni…

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If you are looking for a music and video player and are avoiding the iPod for whatever reason, don’t forget about the Toshiba Gigabeat S. It offers a large (2.4 inch) screen with color and 2 viewing modes, plus touch controls and an FM radio tuner. To top it off, this device comes in whopping sizes of 30GB and 60GB. The controller, mounted on the front of the unit, is easy to use and have the feel of a game controller. Couple these features with a blinding fast boot time and you have a recipe for a winning media player.

The Gigabeat has a simple tactile design and clean interface that is easy to use and quick to learn. Even with all these great features, the crowning glory of this player is the sound and video quality. Both are excellent and control over listening and viewing is easy. Although you will have to use more button clicks on the Gigabeat S than on most other players, the difference is worth it for the quality in sound and video. One drawback is the absence of a voice recorder, but again, if sound and image quality—not to mention the ease of use—is more important, this may be the unit for you.

Another problem with this device is the short battery life, but the energy is spent on quality of sound and image. Music playback saps the battery in about 10 hours, and the video ate the energy whole within 3.5 hours of continuous play. However, it’s the price one pays for good viewing and listening. If you’re looking for a superior experience, remember the Gigabeat S—and don’t forget to buy a lot of batteries.

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