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Toshiba Gigabeat MES30VW

alaTest has collected and analyzed 683 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and portability. The design and sound are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and battery get critical views.

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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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EDITORS' CHOICE

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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.

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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.

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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

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Toshiba Gigabeat S MES30VL (30GB, blue)

 

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.

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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...

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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...

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Support is awful Toshiba does not support older models

 

toshiba does not provide the support that you get on an IPOD. Atleast you can go into an IPOD store and get help.

Gigabeat is easy to use, like having a fm radio access

Battery life is not good. Support is even worse. You can't even get help on where to find firmward upgrades

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"Support is awful Toshiba does not support older models"

 

toshiba does not provide the support that you get on an IPOD. Atleast you can go into an IPOD store and get help.

Gigabeat is easy to use, like having a fm radio access.

Battery life is not good. Support is even worse. You can't even get help on where to find firmward upgrades.

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