Summary: I have this unit for about 4 months now. Knowing what I know now, I would not buy again. Good: - I like the MCE interface. It's intuitive and easy to use. - Small, light weight and portable. - Was cheap when I bought it. Bad: - Battery life is short (5-6 hrs for music). For my next player, I need something that will last me a whole week of commuting (10 hrs). - User interface needs some more refinement. For example, there's no way to sort a play list on the fly.
Summary: I did alot of careful research before buying the Toshiba Gigabeat. I hated Ipods, as everyone in my family would call me when they froze or crashed etc. I also am a big fan of Window Media PLayer 11, and hate Itunes. I wasnt sure whether I wanted a Zune or a Gigabeat, but the Zune seemed too new and needed to work the bugs out. I have had my Gigabeat for six months and luckily I have had few problems with it.
Solid iPod alternative (if you can deal with quirks)
Andrew Richardson, Amazon
29 May 2007
Summary: I purchased my Gigabeat about 5 months ago, and I have to say I've been pretty satisfied. I'm not a fan of iTunes and I have all my music stored on my Media Center PC, so the Gigabeat was a logical choice. Sound quality is great, and the navigation system kills Apple's, hands down. The click wheel may be trendy, but the Gigabeat controls are functional. The Gigabeat also beats the iPod in storage convenience..
Summary: Nice little player, love the color black and silver. It only works with windows media, wma format. It comes with an USB cable that allows you to plug it into your computer and connect it to the player. When you do that it will synchronize it self with windows media player, you can then follow the instruction and upload your music. For uploading my music I just bypass the synchronize process and just drag and drop the files into the player.
Summary: For all you windows operators out there, if you're looking for a competitor that blows the i pod out of the water this is it. If anything it may equal the i pod in many areas, but still my personal choice for space, interface, and software. Instead of just listing pros and cons, I'll go in depth with all categories I can think of. Overall Quality Very well built. It's a solid piece of technology and will never fall apart on its own.
To sum it up in one word... SWEET Uhhh... read on.
Robert N. Millar, Amazon
26 March 2007
Summary: This is a great piece of technology and you should consider it before you go off and buy an Ipod. I've had mine for about a month now and I love it. No problems or difficulties have been encountered. 1. Ease of use: Using it with windows media 10 is a sinch, in fact my 15 year old first transferred my music onto it for me. Within the first 2 hours we had over 600 songs loaded. (And that was using the slower method of drag & drop). When you sync files it is much faster .
Sounds awesome, but has typical probs for this type of player
17 March 2007
Summary: I have been using this player (60g black model) for a few months now. The sound is fantastic, and this is the most important thing for me. I never have and never will use an ipod for many reasons, the #1 being they have always fallen short on sound quality compared to quality brands like Creative and Toshiba. I can't comment on the video performance, and I have used it a little for viewing pics and they look great because the screen is top notch.
Summary: I am picky about both music and gadgets, but this little guy was a great purchase. OVERVIEW: After three weeks of owning this device, I highly recommend it. It's slick, menus and controls make sense, nice sound quality. I would give it 5 stars if not for the less-than-stellar battery life and dependence on Windows Media Player (nothing against the program, just not as likely to be running my friends' music). PROS: 1.
Great product. Easy to use. Battery life is only dissappointment
Thomas E. Koroch, Amazon
8 March 2007
Summary: Other than the battery life (not much better than a couple hours), I am extremely pleased. Set up was a breeze. The unit is small and not overcomplicated. The few buttons that it does have are logically located and are easy to differentiate (even in the dark or while in your pocket) and access. The menu's are simple to understand and very intuitive.
Summary: I've had this thing for a bout a week now, and am just amazed with it. I love it, it goes everywhere with me. For the price, it cannot be beat by a long shot. The major drawback for me, being a linux user is that you can't sync it in linux.. it must be windows. The directions say that you must use Windows Media Player to sync, but this is NOT true. I found WMP (11) to be lacking and a bit buggy, one time it formatted the whole player and erased all my music!