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Philips PMC7230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 reviews of Philips PMC7230. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and price are on the whole positive. The size and performance are also mentioned favorably.

usability, performance, size, price, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Philips PMC7230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Philips PMC7230


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Philips PMC7230 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Reviewers really like the sound and portability. The price and size are also appreciated, but views are divided on the performance.

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96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips Portable Media Player, 30 gig, MP3/WMA and Video Movie PlayerPhilips Portable Media Player, 30 gig, MP3/WMA and Video Movie Player

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Jasmine France (

Philips Portable Media Center PMC7230 review


It's been a relatively quiet year for Philips in the portable entertainment category, with the company mostly massaging its touch-sensitive MP3 player line into more compact, flash-based designs. The company's latest device, the Portable Media Center...

The Philips PMC offers an attractive design and a screen with excellent viewing angles. It's very easy to use and it includes video recording, as well as a built-in kickstand.

The Philips PMC's audio quality is subpar, it doesn't record from protected DVDs, and there's no way to adjust the recording volume levels on the device. It also costs about $50 more than most other 30GB portable A/V devices, and there's no FM radio.

The Philips Portable Media Center PMC7230 is a stylish device with lots of potential, but it's not as impressive as we expected.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : J. Walker Clarke (

Philips PMC7230 Portable Media Center Review


The portable audio/video device market is flooded with choices. Take a walk through any big electronics retailer and you will find everything from tiny flash-based MP3 players to mini-laptop sized

I can totally see this being a decent alternative to one of those large portable LCD DVD player combos if you can handle the smaller screen, because in comparison to a portable such as the Creative Zen V Plus, the screen seems huge. So it falls...

May, 2007

Expert review by : Tim Kridel (

Philips PMC7230


This boxy player has great controls and a recording feature but isn't quite ready for prime time.

Fast processor • Bright, vivid display • Zoom/enhance for viewing image attachments • Long battery life

Extra apps required for attachment editing • IM clients are not preloaded

Feb, 2007

Expert review by (toptenreviews.com_old)

Philips PMC 7230 Review


Designed to integrate directly with Windows Media Center the Philips PMC 7230 is a stylish device that just doesn't stand a chance against the competition.

Expert review by (toptenreviews.com_old)

Philips PMC7230/17 30GB PMC723017 Review


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Philips PMC7230 (30 GB, 7500 Songs) Digital Media Player


Just the right size, 30gb, built in speaker, Direct from source recording, Large screen

Syncs with Windows media player, Can't record from copy protected sources

Feb, 2008

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Feels Great in Your Hand


Opening This is one of the best mp3 players I have ever held in my hand. It just fits. You have 2 directional pads; one to navigate through menus and one for multimedia options like fast forward, rewind, play/pause, and volume up/down. Opening the ...

Just the right size, 30gb, built in speaker, Direct from source recording, Large screen

Syncs with Windows media player, Can't record from copy protected sources

Feb, 2008

Product Specifications

The total entertainment experience is now in the palm of consumers' hands, thanks to amazing Portable Media Center PMC7230. This revolutionary gadget provides entertainment freedom with the ability to download recorded TV shows from a VCR, DVDR or DVR. It's a portable DVR and MP3 player in one ready-to-go package. More versatile than an MP3 player or portable DVD player, the PMC7230 has the ability to play recorded TV, movies, music and digital photos. Users can conveniently access up to 15000 audio tracks, five hours of video or 8400 images downloaded from the PC or recorded from the TV. Or choose to purchase or rent the player's content from a growing number of PlaysForSure services. By simply setting the timer, the PMC7230 records selected TV shows in high-quality MPEG 4 format. Enjoy up to five hours of video playtime or crank the latest music for up to 18 hours. The player's 3.5-inch LCD screen boasts crystal-clear quality from a world leader in displays. The Portable Media Center synchronizes instantly with Windows XP. It's a breeze. Philips also makes downloading and recording effortless through high-speed USB and TV connections.


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:5
Equalizer modes:Classic, Hip hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock
MP3 bit rates:32 - 320
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):65
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.5
WMA bit rates:32 - 256
WMA sample rates:16 - 48


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable


Built-in camera: No
Second camera: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Video recording: Yes


Color of product:Black, Silver

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:MP3 / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Portable media center
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital audio recorder / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / Video capture from external source
PC Interfaces:USB
TV Standards Supported:NTSC / PAL

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:30GB

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3.5
Display number of colors:262144 colours
Display Resolution:320 x 240
ID3 Tag display: Yes

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Type (JK):LCD
Output Type:Color

Energy Management

Battery performance:2400
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:16
Rechargeable: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:MP3, WMA
Image formats supported:JPG


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips Portable Media Center


Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm


Compatibility:PlaysForSure Audio

Motion Video

Video Capture Formats:MPEG-4 SP
Video Playback Formats:AVI / MPEG-4 / MPEG-4 SP / WMV/MPEG-4 / MPEG-4 SP / WMV

Other Features

Arcsoft MediaConverter: Yes
Audio recording formats:MP3
AV In connection: Yes
AV output: Yes
Battery Capacity:2400
Battery performance:2400
Bit rate:128kbps
Case or master carton dimensions (W x D x H):9.13 x 6.42 x 12.8
Case or master carton quantity:4
Case or master carton weight:9.16
Display resolution (numeric):320
Internal memory:30
Internal memory type:HDD
Lead-free soldered product: Yes
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Package dimensions (WxDxH):3.74 x 0.866 x 4.21
Slide show: Yes
Video compression formats:MPEG4, WMV9
Video Frame Rate:30
Windows Media Player 10: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:Audio (3.5mm)
Headphones: Yes
Headphones included:Y
Pouch: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:6.02
Package height:4.33
Package type:D-box
Package weight:2.2
Package width:6.02
Packaging type:D-box


Processor:Intel Pentium III
Processor cores:3
Processor model:Intel Pentium III

Ports & interfaces

Interface:USB 2.0


Battery Capacity:2400
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:16


FM radio: No

Record Modes

Voice recording: Yes


Arcsoft MediaConverter: Yes

Still Image

Slide show: Yes

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:JPEG


Music memory capacity (songs):15000
Player media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:30

System Requirements

Minimum hard disk space:64
Minimum processor speed:800
Minimum RAM:256
Optical drive required: Yes
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Technical Details

Master carton weight:9.17
USB connectivity: Yes


Frame rate:30

Weight & Dimensions

Case or master carton weight:9.16
Package weight:2.2