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Philips PMC7230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the storage.

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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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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

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Philips Portable Media Center PMC7230

 

Sleek and simple The Philips PMC has a truly lovely design--it reminds us quite a bit of the now-defunct Samsung YEPP YH-999 PMC , only with better controls. Like the Samsung, it's more square than rectangular--measuring 3.7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches--so it...

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.

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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...

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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.

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Philips PMC7230/17 30GB

 

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This unit is a P.O.S. it's software fails

 

i own this model, out of the clear blue it went into a warnng screen, explaining that i need to send it to the manufacturer for repairs..! one problem PHILLIPS dont have a repair service to send it to, i've tryed, they told me to send it somewhere, its...

the tv record feature

the software fails, and shuts down the sytem and it wont fuction even after reset

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"This unit is a P.O.S. it's software fails"

 

i own this model, out of the clear blue it went into a warnng screen, explaining that i need to send it to the manufacturer for repairs..! one problem PHILLIPS dont have a repair service to send it to, i've tryed, they told me to send it somewhere, its...

the tv record feature

the software fails, and shuts down the sytem and it wont fuction even after reset.

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if i could give no stars i would...

 

They told me that it was out of warranty by a week or so! And they also lied when they told me that I would get a new warranty for all of the triuble I was having, i/e returning devices that did not work. so I guess i am giving phillips a 0 star for...

at first for like 6 mo. it was fine and then it stopped

Working, so i returned for a replacement which was a used one with scrathes and a broken kickstand, so I I was givin a new replacement which only lasted another 2 or 3 mo. then the screen said to return for repair, and when I called back they told me

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"if i could give no stars i would..."

 

They told me that it was out of warranty by a week or so! And they also lied when they told me that I would get a new warranty for all of the triuble I was having, i/e returning devices that did not work. so I guess i am giving phillips a 0 star for...

at first for like 6 mo. it was fine and then it stopped.....

Working, so i returned for a replacement which was a used one with scrathes and a broken kickstand, so I I was givin a new replacement which only lasted another 2 or 3 mo. then the screen said to return for repair, and when I called back they told me

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wondrous tool for a father of 4 young children

 

smaller than a portable DVD player, ability to store all your music and the kids music as well as movies.....but the most important thing is the AV Out on the unit...like most families with large families we have the gas hog SUV with the entertainment...

AV Out...big enough screen...small enough to carry....large hard drive

no fm radio and lack of customizing folders and wished it had some SD card capabilities so i don't have to connect to pc to download pics or music

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.

Battery

Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable

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

Capacity:30GB
HDD Capacity:30GB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:4.2in
Weight:8.3oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Philips
Model:PMC7230
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips Portable Media Center

Miscellaneous

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

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:JPEG
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