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Category Archives: Portable Media Players

Upgrade Your Video Entertainment System — at a Discount

Samsung Electronics 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Amazon is putting a $1000 price tag on the Samsung Electronics 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV, but only for today. This translates to a $950 savings. The UN65MU7600 model is a 65-inch curved TV that sports a wider range of color and contrast than a full HD. Its One Remote feature controls all connected devices at once. And it comes with a free wall mounting service.

Roku Express+

Another Amazon Deal of the Day is the $25 Roku Express+, an HD streaming media player that gives you access to over 350,000 movies and TV shows across 3,500+ channels. The only problem? How to stop binge watching.

TiVo Bolt Digital Video Recorder

Got a TV show that you want to watch over and over again? This TiVo Bolt Digital Video Recorder lets you record up to 4 shows at once. It works with your existing subscription or records over-the-air channels. It integrates well with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO, and more — no need to switch inputs.


Finally, Here’s an All-Purpose Smart Device for Your Bike

If you’ve seen Apple’s apocalypse video, you might helplessly agree that today’s people can’t live without their smartphone and their apps.

We’d rather check map apps because most of us can’t read an actual map. We’d be lost. So, when you’re off biking on the great unknown (even if it’s just your neighboring city), it’s smart to be armed with this Zealot S1 Bluetooth Bicycle Speaker. It’s an all-around smart device which comes in handy for bikers. Read on why.

It’s a speaker

Pump up your pedaling with fast-beat tunes. Zealot is Bluetooth-compatible and can play your favorite outdoor playlist with its built-in 40mm driver speaker. It also supports FM if you have a favorite radio station. Mounted on your bike’s handle bar, it keeps you amused all throughout  your ride.

A light

Did the night sneak up on you? Don’t worry. Just press a button and Zealot will transform into a torch light. It comes with 3 SOS light modes in case you need a signal light for emergencies.

And a battery pack

If you’re planning on a long ride, Zealot can keep up with you. Its 4000mAh power bank lasts up to 24 hours. You can use it to charge your phone as well, so it’s totally a great tech catch.


Yes, Zealot is waterproof. It’s normally priced at $34.99, but you can get it for 46% less on Ideaing at only $16. Check it out.

Sony Adds Walkman X-Series to Line


By Shane McGlaun

I still think of those giant yellow cassette players from the 1980’s when I hear the Walkman name. It also reminds me of those huge headphones with the built-in FM radio sporting the giant antenna that I used to see people wearing when they ran. I’m surprised most joggers didn’t end up with neck injuries from the massive things.

Sony has added a new product to the Walkman line that is slick and sounds a lot like the iPod touch. The new gadget is the Walkman X-series and it is available in 16GB for $299 and 32GB for $399. Other than the amount of storage, the two models are the same. Both sport a 3-inch OLED screen for video in WMV or MPEG-4 formats.

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Yet Another Knockoff: The M2406 From BTL International

m2406 mp4 player By David Ponce

On paper, I suppose it makes sense:

1. StealGet inspired by the iPod nano’s look.
2. Shove a 2MP camera on the back.
3. Profit!

That’s the kind of ballsy capitalist innovation we like to see, and we’re certain that BTL International is going to ride its creative streak to fame and fortune in no time. Heck, their M2406 even has a couple specs that we wouldn’t mind seeing in the original:

It can play AVI videos, and MP3, WMA, WMV and WAV audio files. It has a 2.4-inch TFT screen (220×176 pixels, 262,000 colors), a built-in speaker and six EQ settings. Internal memory ranges from 128MB to 4GB, all flash, and can be supplemented with miniSD cards.

Of course, by now you’ve probably realized this company is based in China (official Home Of The Knockoff), and that we’re not entirely sure how to get shipment on this, nor how much we’d expect to pay for one. Still, the device is out there somewhere.

[ Link To Similar Model, Without Camera ] VIA [ Coolest-Gadgets ]

Fashionable Lederhosen Sport Integrated iPod Controls

By Ryan Nill

This pair of Lederhosen, on display at IFA 2007, comes with a set of controls for your iPod. Made by all-weather wear German company Lodenfrey, these lederhosen will let you listen to music with a distinct lack of style. Made of high quality layered suede, the controls are unobtrusively located down the left side of the pants and the MP3 player is integrated into the pants.

Lodenfrey is apparently the leader in the design and production of lederhosen and other pieces of high quality traditional garb. The company also seemingly refuses to acknowledge the existence of these devastatingly ethnic pants on their home site, therefore further purchasing information is scant.

[ Lodenfrey ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Lobster Concept Is Anything You Want


By Evan Ackerman

Maybe it’s not actually edible, but the Lobster multimedia concept is still quite tasty, as far as I’m concerned. It’s called Lobster because of its segmented design (resembling a lobster tail, I guess), which is the heart of the functionality of this device: each segment is a quasi-independent module, and by clipping them together the Lobster can take on whatever configuration you desire. The core of the device is a base module (the big bit with the screen) containing a cell phone. Other modules clip onto the base module, and could include an MP3 player, a GPS, a digital camera, and even a cardiometer. Another obvious module might be an extended battery, or a bluetooth module. And according to the designer, each module can also be used completely independently. Of course, it’s easy to say all sorts of things since it’s a concept, but I don’t care, I’m hooked anyway. The renderings do have a teeny little LG logo, but it’s too much to hope that there’s an actual prototype on the way. More pics after the jump.

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Samsung’s YP-P3 Looks Like Something. No, Not A Delicious Sandwich

samsung yp-p3

By David Ponce

Remember a few years ago when everything looked like an iPod? Well, the iPhone’s the big daddy now, and what do you know… stuff is hitting the market that bears more than an uncanny resemblance. In this case, Samsung’s YP-P3 DAP has taken more than a few design clues from the Jesus phone; from the touchscreen interface, to the icon-based navigation menu. Of course, it’s not actually a phone, but it is a capable media player with 8GB of flash memory and Bluetooth. Oh, and built-in speakers, which we kind of like on a music player.

There’s no word on price or availability yet, but we do have one more picture after the jump.

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Wind-up Media Player

ecomedia.jpg By Ryan Nill

The Eco Media Player is a wind-up MP3/video player. It can play MP3, WMA, ASF, MP4, WAV and comes with an FM radio, a photo-viewer and an analog recorder. Similar to winding a fishing reel, one minute of winding gives you up to 40 minutes of playback. Alternatively, you can charge the media player through the USB port of your computer. It accepts SD cards and has an internal memory of 2GB. It can even be used to charge your cellphone. Not particularly cutting edge or even very useful, as one might argue, but it is certainly very eco-friendly.

In stock 22 August, 2007, for £169.99 or about $230 US.

[ Ecodigital ] VIA [ Boingboing ]

World’s Smallest PMP With a 3 Inch Screen Is Hardly Bigger Than Screen Itself

Thomson A1

By Evan Ackerman

The Thomson A1 is being billed as the world’s smallest personal media player with a 3 inch diagonal screen. Aside from that single (and dubious) claim to fame, it’s fairly unremarkable (16:9 TFT, plays movies and pics, FM tuner) except for the actual dimensions, which are about 3.2 inches by 2 inches, i.e. larger than the 3 inch screen. The A1 will be shortly available in China in 8 gigs for $120 and 4 gigs for $106, but by the time they come out in the US, an actual world’s smallest PMP with a 3 inch screen (or something in the same size with a larger screen) will undoubtedly be available.

[ Thomson Audio ] VIA [ PMP Today ]