Pros This could go on and on, please read my comments
Cons The Red color. It's a little bulky compared to the Ipod.
Summary I saw this media player by accident while looking into an ipod. I was having a hard time deciding between the ipod and a Creative Zen Vision (the big one) because both had many negative reviews online.
While at my local Fry's I see it there. I asked the guys there about it and nobody could tell me about it. So I called my brother to look up some user reviews online and they were all positive.
This was enough for me to buy it and take it home. I wasn't planning on opening it until I researched it myself. After finding nothing but positive reviews, I took a chance and opened the package.
This thing is awesome!
I don't own an Ipod, but can give you some differences between them after researching both.
With this media player you do not need special software like Itunes. It is read like an external hard drive on your system because it is an external hard drive. If you have Windows XP or Mac OS 10.1 you don't even need to install drivers. This was a big plus for me. I don't like idea of having extra software on my computer.
You can drag and drop files straight onto the player. You can even add non-media files like text files, etc.
The device supports 7 media cards as well. Ipod does not. You can take pictures on your digital camera and pop your card right in to either view or download. To get photos on Ipod, you need to add them through Itunes.
The MVP9060 even supports many Windows video formats as well as quicktime .mov files. With an ipod, you'll need to buy quicktime pro to convert videos to a usable format that Ipod can read.
The package was also complete with everything I need to get going. It comes with an ac power adapter. With Ipod, you have to charge through usb or buy an additional ac power charger. It comes with the wiring needed to view videos and photos on your TV. You have to buy those separate for Ipod as well.
The only bad thing I have to say is that the color was not a good choice. On the box it looks like a cheap "made in China" toy. Don't let that fool you, it is a wonderful player.
It's also a little bulky, but I couldn't care less. Good luck to you in finding a perfect media player.
Pros Large storage, low price. Good for Music, Pictures, and Video
Cons Size, probably one of the larger units out there, limited interface.
Summary This unit is a very good buy for the price. It gives you the option to play music, videos, and view pictures. The compatability of the picture viewer is pretty complete. It handles many of the different RAW formats as well as all the standard image formats. When viewing the pictures you can see the EXIF data at the bottom of the image (or turn it off if you wish).
The interface is very simplistic. It has 7 options at the main menu, Music, Pictures, Video (these three take you into the respective directories on the Hard Disk), Backup which gives you the options for copying data from a data card, Options, Audio Record (from the built in mic, or input on side), and the Wolverine (which directly browses the Hard Disk). When you put in a storage disk an 8th option shows up that allows you to browse that disk just as you do the Hard Disk.
I found that this unit can also open text files and view them.
Play lists are limited, but do work. It allows you to use WinAmp Play lists (maybe others, but I only tried WinAmp), although I have not found a way to create or edit a playlist on the unit itself.
For playing MP3s your only option is to view them in the same format as you would on the computer, folder by folder. The Random play function only plays THAT folder or playlist random, not ALL available. The filename also is limited to about 30 characters, and does not scroll. If your filename is longer then that you will have to play it to find out what it is. If the CDDB data is stored in the MP3 then the unit appears to show it at the bottom of the play screen (Group, Album, Song name). Across the top it shows an Graphic EQ. There is an EQ with built in presets, but I have found that most of them just sound off, I may be a bit more of a purist.
Power managment is very well done. When playing MP3s the unit will read the MP3 into memory then spin down the hard disk. It also appears to read in the first few seconds of the next song to allow to smooth transition into the next song. The display also turns itself off after X seconds and can be reactivated with any key stroke. You can lock the keys with a MENU, Lock Keys option, and unlock with two key presses. They also use a REMOVABLE battery that is similar to those used in digital cameras. Great for carrying a replacment.
Audio is pretty good, and gives good overall responce to highs and lows. I have not had too many problems with something sounding tinny or bassey.
The carrying case, if you can call it that, is HUGE. It over doubles the size of the unit. The whole top half of the clam shell case is the electronics for the speaker and a small 2in diamater speaker. This speaker is not bad for what you get. It is minimal lows (but what can you expect from a 2in speaker) and sounds ok for carrying around.
Photo Viewer - JPEG/TIFF/BMP/RAW(Most Brands of camera)
Video formats - MPEG/MPEG-4/DivX-5.x
Audio formats - MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV, M3U Playlist
"I'm In LOVE"on by MsDoright
Pros Works like an external hard drive, quick start, idiot proof
Cons Color, user manual
Summary Never thought I'd love anything as much as Tivo, but, this is running a close second.
I needed something to store photos directly from a CompactFlash. I was going to buy an Ipod and all the accessories it would take until I read the reveiws of the MVP here and changed my mind. Boy! Am I glad I checked the user reviews here first. I've had it less than 24 hours and have loaded it with pictures and music.
I love that it works like an external hard drive with true "drag & drop" and "plug-n-play". Installation was effortless with the minor exception of having to plug it into a USB on the motherboard. (Had to move a peripheral to a front USB. No biggie, really. Unplug and plug.... not rocket science.)
It comes with all the accessories you need and the speaker case is a bonus.
Cons... It's a tad bulky, the color leaves much to be desired and you need a magnifying glass to read the manual. However, what's in the manual is concise and accurate. It's beyond easy and written for a computer illiterate such as myself.
If you're looking for something more than an MP3 player... get this. My only regret is that I didn't go for the "whole enchilada" and get the 120GB.
Pros Cheap storage!!!
Cons None really.
Summary I wish Cnet would "see the big picture" a little morebefore rating something poorly. As usual they are mising the point of a certain device on this one. It is for serious photogs to back up photos on the fly and to do it cheaply! I love it!!
"Watch the review!"on by qcsteve
Pros Funky design - multiple card reader
Cons It's huge man! Too bulky!
Summary You gotta watch this product review conducted by James Kim. LOL~~~ HA HA HA!!!