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Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 368 reviews of Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People are impressed by the sound and size. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the reliability and battery.

usability, design, portability, size, sound

battery, reliability

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 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 278 user reviews of Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Opinions about the sound and portability are overall positive. The design and performance also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the battery. There are some negative comments about the durability and reliability.

usability, performance, design, portability, sound

reliability, durability

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

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Aug, 2015

EDITORS' CHOICE

Expert review by: Rebecca Day (digitaltrends.com)

Toshiba Gigabeat S MES30VW

 

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Sharp and bright screen; easy to use; good stock earbuds; supports digital camera

Requires a proprietary AC adapter cable/AC Adapter; will not record voice

Gigabeat S has a stellar display, idiotproof interface and broad compatibility with the Windows PlaysForSure universe.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Eric Butterfield (pcworld.com)

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
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Expert review by: Eric Butterfield (pcworld.com)

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

Expert review by: Grahm Skee (anythingbutipod.com)

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

Expert review by: (dapreview.net)

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 (cnet.com.au)

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 by: mitchec217 (pcworld.com)

Toshiba GigaBeat S30 Portable Media Player - Silver (2.375

 

I purchased a Gigabeat 60 3 week agao. It is definitely an IPOD and ZUNE killer. It costs less than an IPOD and ZUNE, is Plays for Sure Compatible and has a larger video screen. I am very happy with this purchase. I only wish there were more...

works with wmp11 and Vista

if battery goes empty you have to reset the player by switching to dc power

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: (pcworld.com)

Toshiba GigaBeat S30 Portable Media Player - Silver (2.375

 

This product is terrible no matter what you do don't buy it my broke within the first weekend i bought and it takes forever to sinc the music please for your own sake don't waste your time or money on

stylish, portable, good sound

bad battery life, very weak, and slow to respond

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: randelcole (pcworld.com)

Toshiba GigaBeat S30 Portable Media Player - Silver (2.375

 

This is a fien player that performs well except for one problem, and it is a BIG problem, the battery--for 2 reasons: (1) I only get about 8 hours between charges and (2) the battery is NOT field replacement and when I called Toshiba, they told me that...

Size, stle, audio quality, user interface, screen image

poor battery life, battery is not field replaceable (see below), cannot be used as hard drive for document storage, no clock or contact managment capability, maximum volume is average

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: rcolenyc (pcworld.com)

Toshiba GigaBeat S30 Portable Media Player - Silver (2.375

 

I purchased this player after reading the CNET review which gave it high marks. It is indeed easy to use, small, attractive, and performs nicely. But, and this is a BIG but, the player has both a short battery cycle life, and to replace the battery, it...

Small, good interface, good audio, easy navigation

poor battery life, battery not field replaceable, headphones are cheap, low volume, cannot be used as a hard drive to hold documents, no clock, only works with Window Media player

Nov, 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!

Battery

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

Capacity:30GB
HDD Capacity:30GB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:3.9in
Weight:5.3oz
Width:2.4in

Display (Projector)

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

Header

Manufacturer:Toshiba
Model:30
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba HDD Portable Media Player Gigabeat S

Miscellaneous

Color:Metallic blue/Piano white

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:JPEG
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