Pros Very sharp and bright screen, good sound quailty, ability to play video out using included cable
Cons Poor battery life expect 4-5 hours minium, Dust under the screen after a few months, all of your songs get erased ocassionally, whole harddisk wipes clean with no way to restore firmware
Summary I've had this player for a year now. I'm glad they stopped making it. I bought it because it wasn't an Ipod and it got good reviews. The unit itself was great. I loved the thing for the first couple months of ownership. The battery life was the only bummer in the beginning. Only having 4-5 hours of audio playback is abysmal. If you do a lot of driving or take long trips you won't be able to listen to your mp3 player the whole time which just plain sucks. Then you have to buy a car charger. Good luck in finding one. There are absolutely no accessories for this thing or at least any that you can find. Also after a couple of months the screen got a layer of dust under it making the once brillant display crappy.
Now the biggest problem, the thing likes to erase it's harddrive. I'm not hard on my electronics at all. I've been listening to it and have the music stop because the data got erased. This wasn't a big deal(besides being a pain) at first because you can just sync it to your computer. BUT just recently the player decided to erase absolutly everything on the harddrive including the firmware. Then we get to the biggest problem of them all. NO SUPPORT. Good luck in contacting toshiba you'll get no help and you won't find anything on the internet for it either, nor the instruction manual. So, I've got a perfectly good working, never dropped, scratch free mp3 player that i can't use just because I can't get support from the company. The mp3 player says check the manual and the manual has nothing in it. I've read every page! I'm glad you can't buy this piece of crap anymore. I'm sorry for anyone who already owns it. If you're in the market for an mp3 player buy an ipod or a zune. Get something that has accessories and good support!
Pros Small player with good sound.
Cons After a month of use the battery will only last about 3 hours per charge
Summary I purchased this player on the basis that it recieved good reviews from Cnet. However, they tested a new gigabeat and did not take into consideration how fast the battery would go bad. Do Not Buy This Player!!
Pros Great Player, everything the Cnet review says it is...
Cons Seemingly widespread problem of player formatting itself...Toshiba has yet to respond.
Summary I bought this player based on the Cnet review...I actually wanted the Zen Vision...but I opted for this because of the review.
The player had issues converting some videos over to my player but I figured I could live with that. It had an annoying habit of deleting any mp3s from the player that I deleted from my desktop PC...(meaning that everytime I sync my PC with the Gigabeat...it will make sure everything on my player is on my PC as well...anything not on my PC will be deleted from the gigabeat) This is annoying because I bought the 60GB Gigabeat so that I can free up space on my PC. Now it seems that I have to keep every mp3 on both my PC and my Gigabeat.
Dealbreaker: After a few months of decent performance...I noticed that several times the Gigabeat would format itself for no reason. I had no idea why it did this...I went online and found that many people experienced this problem as well and that Toshiba has not responded to or fixed this issue. See Wikipedia link to the Gigabeat S: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabeat
Also a link to the gigabeat forum thread about this problem: http://www.mygigabeat.com/forum/messages.cfm?threadid=02B104E3-3048-2906-EAA548C395B5B8F8
If this issue is resolvable by a firmware upgrade...i would give this player an 8...but since it seems that the ongoing problem has yet to be resolved...i will give this player a 3. A great player were it not for a massive annoyance of having to re-upload my entire mp3 library everytime this player spazzes out.
Pros Wide screen option, Pictures are clear
Cons Sound kind of low, no Sleep feature, broke down after less than 2 weeks.
Summary I bought the Toshiba Gigabeat S expeting it to answer my prayers as an alternative to iPod. I've had about 3 iPod video 30 gigs and all have gone rotten. So I decided to go with a different company and got the Gigabeat. I even converted all my iTunes music to mp3 so I could synch it. I was impressed by the screen and layout of the menu, but then when I tried putting videos on it, the covertion proccess took FOREVER! And when I later hooked it up to WMP to put more music and videos on it, it erased all the pictures and videos that were on it to put the new ones on. My main complaint is that there is no Sleep timer! I have to listen to music when I fall asleep, so the Sleep feature is a must. As it was, I had to play music until the Gigabeat died, then charge it every morning. I'm in the Navy living on a ship, so I don't have an outlet next to my rack to plug it into. Then the thing froze after about a week and a half of owning it. So I did what any experienced MP3 owner would do and let it's batteries waste. (I'm thinking I should have used the on/off button on the bottom). Well, when i tried charging it again it told me to "Contact Manufacturer for Repair". You've got to be kidding me. Anyways, I am quite dissapointed by the Gigabeat and won't be continuing business with them. I'm going to try out the Creative Zen Vision:M.
Pros Screen, ability to connect to MCE to get recorded tv, portable hard drive, usb charging
Cons Playlists! Wish it had bluetooth.
Summary Good features:
1. Watch recorded TV. If you have Windows Media Center, you record tv and then sync it to your device. With 60 gigs, you can fit a ton of shows on there.
2. It also doubles as a storage device. Again 60 gigs gives you a lot of room as a portable hard drive.
3. It's always handy to be able to charge something with a usb cable, instead of having to use a proprietary charger.
4. Gotta love the screen. The colors look great.
1. You can't make playlists. You have one playlist, the quicklist, and can either add songs one at a time, or add whole albums or whole genres or whole artists. But once a song is on the list, you can't take it off. It seems to me that this would be such a simple fix and is so imperative. I'm waiting for a firmware fix on this.
2. Not really bad, but I wish there was bluetooth. Ipods don't have bluetooth (yet) either though. I got the logitech bluetooth mp3 headphones that has a bluetooth adapter that plugs into the the headphone jack. Makes it a little bigger, but since it's bluetooth, you can set your device down in the gym and walk around without being hindered by wires coming out of your head.