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The Top 10 Personal Video Player (PVP) 2003

Oct 11 2003, 6:38pm EST | by , in News | I4U Gadget Flyer

The Top 10 Personal Video Player (PVP) 2003
 
 

Playing Video on the go is the new frontier after everybody now has an MP3 Player. We put together the Top 10 gadgets for playing Digital Video on the road.

From MP4 players to 17" wide-screen Notebooks, there are many ways to watch movies when-ever and where-ever. This year the new thing are definitly the Hard drive based MP4 Players from RCA and Archos. Portable DVD players have been around for a while, they just got better.

If you think we missed a Personal Video Player that has to be on the I4U Top 10 list, please email us.

The Top 10 Personal Video Player 2003


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RCA Lyra Audio/Video 20 GB Jukebox

The RCA Lyra RD2780 is our Top Personal Video Player for 2003!
It is more stylish than the Archos AV320 and also less expensive. Based on the orders through I4U so far it is also far ahead of the Archos AV320.
The palm-sized 13 ounce 20GB RD2780 RCA LYRA Audio/Video Jukebox (MSRP: $449) contains a built-in MPEG-4 encoder and decoder, enabling users to watch up to 80 hours of pre-recorded television shows, feature films, or home videos directly on the 3.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD screen.
Dimensions (WxHxD) Inches: 5.37x3.13x.95
Starts shipping October 30th 2003.

Price: $399.99 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.


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Archos AV320 Multimedia Jukebox with Digital Video Recorder Module 500542

The Archos av320 is also Video Recorder, that makes it pretty powerful. It is bulkier, but if you want the direct record feature than this is the machine for you.  The av320 record video off of your television, VCR or camcorder directly into MP4. It also can record MP3 directly from audio sources. It features a high-resolution 3.8-inch screen.
The Archos AV320 is shipping now!

Price: $599.99 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.

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ZVUE! Personal Video Player

This is our wildcard pick for the top PVP 2003. It is not out yet, but the company announced it will be available for the holiday season. This PVP will cost below $100! We reported several times about this interesting gadget from Silicon Valley's Handheld Entertainment. The hand-held ZVUE! can play videos, music videos and MP3s and features an ultra-bright, 2.5-inch full-color screen that plays full-motion video and displays digital images. About the size of a deck of playing cards.

Price: $99 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
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Panasonic SV-AV30 e-wear Digital Camcorder

This is not only a personal video player it is also a digital camcorder. This
ultra compact MPEG4 digital camcorder weighs just 3.25 ounces. Also functions as digital audio player, voice recorder, and still camera. It has a built-in flash and a swiveling 2-inch LCD screen to watch the recorded MP4 vide. The SV-AV30 includes 64 MB Secure Digital card and is compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP.

Price: $344.94 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.

Find other small Panasonic Digital Camcorder models.

 

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Flipster 128 MB Personal Multimedia MP4 Player

Flipster!™ Personal Multimedia is the World's first dedicated portable multimedia player equipped with Microsoft® Windows Media Player™. Its the smallest Personal Video Player in our top 10 selection. 
Users can enjoy listening to CD quality audio, watch videos on the Flipster color LCD display, record and listen to voice memos and live recordings, store and view high resolution still images, and even play games!
Flipster features a folding clamshell design, similar to a cell phone, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion snap on battery.
Content is stored on its 128MB internal memory or on removable postage stamp sized MMC or SD cards.

Price: $369.99 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.

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Panasonic DVD-LX9 Portable DVD Player

If digitizing movies is just not your thing, there are large range of portable DVD players out there. The Panasonic DVD-LX9 is one of the high-end ones.
The  DVD-Video and DVD-Audio player with 9-inch widescreen LCD screen and docking station with portable powered speakers. Progressive-scan video outputs provide for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs. It  plays DVD-R, DVD-RAM, CD, and recordable MP3/WMA CDs. The sound is coming through Multichannel analog and optical digital-audio outputs. The DVD-LX9 has built-in DVD-Audio, DTS, and Dolby Digital surround decoding and VSS virtual surround. Batteries hold 2,5 hours. 

Price: $799.84 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.

 

Samsung 10-Inch Portable DVD/CD

The world's thinnest DVD player features the widest TFT active matrix LCD screen.
With its unsurpassed 10"-wide LCD flat screen plus Spatializer™ virtual surround sound, Samsung's portable DVD theater exceeds all your expectations in portable entertainment!
A TFT active matrix progressive scan screen provides crisp images with a 16:9 wide-screen display. An ultra thin shell-type DVD drive and hinge-mounted battery help make this the world's thinnest portable DVD player — about an inch thin! Exclusive SIC power-saving technology adjusts brightness to match the needs of each scene, extending the battery life. Also plays audio CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs, MP3 audio and picture CDs. Comes with dual headphone jacks, a digital audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS pass-through, A/V in/out, remote control, standard-size battery, AC adapter/charger and audio/video cables. Battery holds 2.5 hours.
Measures 10 1/2" x 1" x 7 1/2" and weighs 2.4 lb.

Price: $799.95 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Sharperimageicon.

SharperImage also offers another fairly tricked out Portable DVD player, the Personal Entertainment Centericon

Casio SY-4000 4" Handheld TV

This new Casio TV makes it in our list as a valid alternative to watching digital video. Watch TV on the road why not. Works as long you have reception. I don't think it works on the plane though. The Casio SY-400 is waterproof and features a 4" color screen with anti-glare active matrix technology (TFT) and 122,980-pixels screen.

Price: $259.88 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.

 


Apple PowerBook Notebook 17" M9110LL

This is the high-end solution for watching movies on the road. A 17" wide-screen Notebook. If you are on business chances are you anyway need a Notebook. The Apple 17" Powerbook is the way to go!
The M9110LL Powerbook packs a 1.33GHz PowerPC G4, 512MB and a 1440x900 resolution 17" TFT Display.


Price: $2,874.99 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Amazon.com.

 

Dell Inspiron 8600 Notebook Computer

In case you are locked in Windows, consider the new Dell 8600 series as worthy alternative to the Apple Powerbook. The 15.4" wide-screen actually features a higher resolution than the Apple - 1920 x 1200 pixel.
Inspiron 8600 incorporates Intel®  Centrino®  Mobile Technology to provide wireless connectivity. Choose the Nvidia's latest graphic imaging with its new 128MB GeForce FX Go5650 4X AGP graphics card option. Also take the DVD writer drive, so you can also make your own DVDs. Supported Processors are the Intel®  Pentium® M Processors at 1.40GHz, 1.60GHz, 1,50GHz and 1.70GHz with Intel Centrino Mobile Technology.


 

Price: $2,919.00 - (prices may change, click on Buy button to see the latest price)
at Dell.

 

 

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