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Toshiba gigabeat V30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Toshiba gigabeat V30. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviews about the design and battery are overall positive. The price and portability also get good opinions, but many are negative about the reliability and durability.

usability, portability, price, battery, design

durability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Toshiba gigabeat V30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Tim Kridel (

Toshiba gigabeat MEV30K


For $299, the gigabeat MEV30K combines Portable Media Center's ease of use with a big screen.

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

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Paul Miller (

Toshiba Gigabeat V30 reviewed


If you've been on the lookout for a sizable screen to enjoy Microsoft's Portable Media Center and all the interface joys that lie therein, the new Gigabeat V -- which has finally made it to the US in a 30GB, tuner-free version known as the MEV30K -- is...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Jesse Sutton (

Toshiba gigabeat MEV30K


The Toshiba gigabeat MEV30K has a lot to live up to in the wake of its predecessor, the [[prodid:2393]]. With 30GB of storage, the gigabeat MEV30K has...

Internal speaker, direct download from digital cameras, sound quality, battery life

Grainy screen, no FM-tuner, can't charge with USB connected

This stylish looking portable media player comes with some excellent features and a nice long battery life. It offers some great added functionality to an otherwise full selection of media capabilities, but a better screen would have been nice and the...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : Ella Morton (

Toshiba gigabeat V30


The V30 puts the focus squarely on watching and listening to your files, with a noticeably short features list and a beefed-up battery life.

Great battery life ; Sports a decent speaker ; Portable Media Center is a breeze to navigate

No USB charging ; Display is a little grainy ; No radio or recording

The V30 came close to being a very good portable media device, but a few issues held it back from greatness, especially in light of the fab S30. What we'd love is to see some sort of V30/S30 hybrid -- the form factor and FM radio of the S30, with the...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Allan Swann (

Toshiba Gigabeat V30


Portable media player Toshiba's latest Gigabeat V30 has placed the emphasis on video, but can its unusual design and feature set differentiate it in a hotly contested market- The V30 sports a body significantly bulkier than competing units like the...

The pay-off of this button arrangement is a much larger screen but despite its size (8.9cm), it has a resolution of only 320x240 pixels, suffers from a glaring screen door effect, pixilation and flickering. This makes for unpleasant long-term viewing,...

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

Excellent hardware hampered by half-witted software


First of all, let me point out that you *CAN* simply drag-and-drop files from your Windows Explorer to the folders on the Toshiba gigabeat V. However, if you do this, you may not be able to get extra tag info such as album art. Now the review. ...

Excellent screen, easy to use, stylish, lots of storage, can be used as external drive

Not featherweight, interface could be better, no clock

Oct, 2007

Consumer review (

Best Video Value Available


Screen size, price, battery life, flexibility

Lack of accessories ; lack of customer support

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

Best Video Value Available


I recently bought the Toshiba MEV30K when I saw it at for only $169.88. I jumped on that price, being at least $55 lower than any comperable 30 GB portable video/MP3 player available either online or in stores. First, since everyone who ...

Screen size, price, battery life, flexibility

Lack of accessories ; lack of customer support

Apr, 2007

Consumer review (

Excellent hardware hampered by half-witted software


Excellent screen, easy to use, stylish, lots of storage, can be used as external drive

Not featherweight, interface could be better, no clock

Consumer review (

Toshiba gigabeat V30


The best mp3 player yet!! i dropped it at least 10 times now and the white plastic casing chipped and everything but it still works fine, sounds quality are good also

good sound (for me) ; bigger screen than Ipod ; long battery life ; durable (so far)

can't display the album artwork on the player ; and chunkiness

May, 2008

Product Specifications

The Toshiba MEV30K Portable Video Player puts all of your entertainment needs in the palm of your hand. With a big, bright 3.5" diagonal LCD screen, the MEV30K lets you enjoy full, feature length movies! And getting videos is really easy! Whether you subscribe to movie services like or record videos on your PC, the newest member of the gigabeat family lets you take your entertainment with you. If you never seem to find the time to print all of your digital still images from your camera, the MEV30K is your answer. Simply connect your digital camera via the USB input and all of your images will download onto your gigabeat - no need to connect to your PC either! Of course you are not always going to watch movies, there will be those short commutes to work when you might just want to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite music. That's why the MEV30K also lets you download your favorite music from subscription sites and even rip your favorite CDs. It even has a built-in speaker so that you can share your music with your friends.


Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:MP3 / Protected WMA (DRM) / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Portable media center
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB

Digital Storage

HDD Capacity:30GB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Model:MEV30K Portable Video Player
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba gigabeat V Series


Color:Piano black

Motion Video

Video Playback Formats:WMV

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:JPEG