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Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 191 reviews of Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the sound and portability. The design and performance also get good feedback, but there are some critical views about the durability and reliability.

usability, performance, design, portability, sound

battery, reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the sound and portability. The design and performance are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the durability and reliability. Comments are divided on the battery.

usability, performance, design, portability, sound

reliability, durability

74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba MES30VW Gigabeat 30 GB Portable Media Player (White)Toshiba MES30VW Gigabeat 30 GB Portable Media Player (White)

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (

Toshiba GigaBeat S30 Portable Media Player - Silver (2.375


Toshiba's Gigabeat S30 (MES30VW) is meant to be more than just an audio player. It's a Portable Media Center, meaning that it runs Windows Mobile software and is able to download and play TV shows and movies in addition to playing music and displaying...

High quality audio ; Bright, sharp 2.4-inch LCD

Navigation can be unintuitive

The Gigabeat offers TiVo Series2 and Xbox 360 integration. Navigation could be more intuitive, however.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (

Toshiba Gigabeat S30


This svelte device performs multimedia tasks very well, though navigation could be more intuitive.

High quality audio, Bright, sharp 2.4-inch LCD

Navigation can be unintuitive

Jul, 2006

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by : James Kim (

Toshiba Gigabeat S review: Toshiba Gigabeat S


Toshiba's Gigabeat S series --shown off by Bill Gates during his Windows Vista -centered CES keynote last January--looks like a bona fide iPod challenger, as it incorporates an improved version of Microsoft's superintuitive Portable Media Center (PMC...

The Toshiba Gigabeat S makes its mark as a supercompact 30GB or 60GB portable video player. It supports many music, video, and photo file types, including subscription services, and it has a bevy of features, such as an FM tuner and support for digital...

Unlike many portable video players, the Toshiba Gigabeat S does not record audio or video. There is no voice or FM recording, and the two-cable AC adapter is cumbersome. Also, the Gigabeat S is an MTP device and requires Windows XP. Finally, rated...

Many prospective MP3/PVP buyers have been waiting patiently for this compact, easy-to-use, one-stop shop for media files--looks like the Toshiba Gigabeat S was worth the wait.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Grahm Skee (

Toshiba Gigabeat S30 & S60 Review


The highly anticipated third installment of Thoshiba's hard drive based MP3player has finally been released after many months of waiting. Released in two different capacities, 30GB and 60GB, this player is graced with an amazing interface, powered by...

Jun, 2006

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Toshiba Gigabeat S30


Introduction Ever since Apple released the iPod, people have tried to label players such as the iRiver IHP-120 as an iPod killer. Fact is, players like the IHP-120 are far too complex and, quite frankly, nerdy for the majority of the population. What...

The S Series really has two competitors: Apple's iPod and Creative's ZVM. The S Series are quite similar to the iPod in that they both put simplicity, integration, and size ahead of features while having both 30gb and 60gb versions, however, the S...

Expert review by : Ella Morton (

Toshiba gigabeat S30 Review - Portable Video Players


Those turned off by previous gigabeat players' messy interface should take a look at this Portable Media Center model, which shows a huge improvement in the usability stakes.

Comfortable, Trendy design, Pleasing sound quality, Support for digital camera transfers, Portable Media Center interface is a dream to use, Easy integration with a home Media Center set-up

Poor noise cancelling, Relatively flat bass response, Only compatible with Windows XP, No recorder for voice, radio or line-in, Chunky adaptor

With its much improved interface and solid performance, the S30 made us very happy indeed.

Sep, 2006

Consumer review (

Very good MP3 player


Very compact (about the size of a 4G iPod), gorgeous screen, loads all my songs very quickly (even changing to different albums and artists) as well as pictures and videos.

Can't figure out how to put on album artwork, doesn't work with iTunes, some file formats don't work that should, there's no "Now Playing" selection to go back to what you're listening to.

Jan, 2007

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Utter piece of junk


Its a great MP3 player, EXCEPT for that fact that it will NEVER get its rated 12 hours of battery life. You won't even get 10 unless you use WMAs at 64kbps. With me just using MP3s at around 260 kbps, I got 5-6 hours of battery life. Furthermore, the...

Easy to use interface ; Good looking (display) ; Small (this is also a disadvantage) ; Easy to upload music using WMP11

Battery - due to trying to make the player smaller, they skimped on the battery

Dec, 2006

Consumer review (

Fantastic mp3 player


This is a fantastic player for the price. Very strongly recommended.

Intuitive, user-friendly interface; big screen with rich colours; easy synchronisation using Windows MP 11; great sound; video is good for the size

Cheap-feeling headphones (though good quality sound); mediocre equaliser (sounds better without it); WinMP 10 works but playlists only transfer with WinMP 11; can only be used with WinXP

Nov, 2006

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This thing does everything. Seemless with Windows Media Player, radio tuner(works very well), super clean menus with great architecture, smooth scrolling through artists, album art, MOVIES LOOK AMAZING!, picture storage architecture is great. VIDEO...

none, if you like windows media player and thing *pods are for zombies

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

The new Toshiba gigabeat S series utilize 1.8" hard disk drives for storing audio, video, photos and even recorded television programs. With an easy-to-use interface, superb multimedia capabilities and a large, vivid 2.4" LCD display, you can now effortlessly select, download, manage and enjoy multimedia content from anywhere at anytime. Content management is made easy through the use of Microsoft Windows Mobile based Portable Media Center software, which lets you download and transfer your favorite videos, music, photos, and even TV Shows. It's capable of holding an incredible 30GB of digital media: MP3 and WMA compressed audio and even uncompressed, full-resolution WAV files. That's about 7.500 songs at 128 kbps MP3, or 15.000 songs at 64 kbps WMA. Its bright, crystal-clear, 2.4-inch LCD screen offers 320 x 240 resolution and the ability to render over 65.000 colors to ensure elite video and picture quality of your videos, photos and even movies come to life!


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:MP3 / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Portable media center
External Control Devices:Remote control
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / FM tuner
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:30GB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Type (JK):LCD
Output Type:Color


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba HDD Portable Media Player Gigabeat S


Color:Metallic blue/Piano white

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:JPEG