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Toshiba gigabeat V30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and sound. The usability and battery also get good feedback. There are some critical comments about the build quality.

value for money, battery, usability, sound, portability

build quality

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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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

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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...

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Toshiba Gigabeat V30 MEV30K (30GB)


For starters, it is hard to turn the player on at times using the slider at the top, and the buttons are very easy to figure out for someone trying to use it randomly. (i.e a friend)

Good battery life

horrible software, difficult buttons, limited accesories


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Toshiba Gigabeat V30 MEV30K (30GB)


My older daughter got an Ipod video 30 for Christmas and my younger daughter was jealous. I saw this for $147 (now you can get it for 144) and thought it would satisfy her. But, now the Jealousy goes the other way around! I was a little worried when I...

Almost everythig is better than the Ipod

Have not run into any yet

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Toshiba Gigabeat V30 MEV30K (30GB)


For me it is perfect. I have 20 gb's of my music collection installed, already have the portable folding speakers from RadioShack for only $19.95 which work great with player. You will need external speakers. I purchased for $150+50 for 2yr waranty at...

A work of art that sounds just as beautiful. Downloads and install where easy as pie

I read the reviews so I kind of new what to expect, so I have none

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Toshiba Gigabeat V30 MEV30K (30GB)


I researched this item on cnet before i bought it. I must say I agree more closely with the user reviews than the editor review. While I suppose a 60GB would be useful to some, I was able to sync every audio, video, and picture file on my computer with...

The screen size is far superior to any ipod i have seen

Having trouble deleting files from player with media player 11

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Toshiba Gigabeat V30 MEV30K (30GB)


This player has a nice sized screen that looks fairly decent. It is not as bad as they make it out to be. I like the gui/ menu system. The problem with the player is the cheap plastic trim that wraps around the player. A drop from 1 foot and it is done...

Big screen, cheap price ($150), good battery life

bad constuction, lack of costomer service

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Amazon review summary for Toshiba gigabeat V30


alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of Toshiba gigabeat V30 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players on

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Toshiba MEV30K Gigabeat V 30 GB Portable Media Player

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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

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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

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