Toshiba Gigabeat V30
With the popularity
of the portable entertainment market rising, Toshiba have included
their own addition to the market with the Toshiba Gigabeat V30 that
is a fully fledged 30GB Portable Media Centre (PMC) that allows you
to watch movies, listen to music and browse through your photos with
a high quality LCD screen.
We were pleasantly
surprised with the design of the V30 with its sleek black design
that measures in at a comfortable 4.9 by 3.0 by 0.9 inches with a
weight of 7.76 ounces. Although not the smallest device on the
market, the V30 is still comfortable to use and fits in your pocket
which is perfect for those wishing to watch movies on the go. All
the buttons have been designed to perfectly fit in the hand, without
the user flipping or twisting the device to change things.
The V30 boasts a
3.5" backlit screen (4:3 aspect ratio) with a resolution of 320 x
420 ensuring high quality movies and with 30GB to spare, you are
definitely entitled to a plethora of movies on this device. The only
downside to the screen is that the user is limited to certain
viewing angles, however when compared to other devices on the
market, the quality is still far superior than what is available.
feature of the V30 is the speed of the device that powers on and off
in almost a blink of the eye. Pushing the start button automatically
loaded the menu system and swapping between pictures, movies and
music was extremely responsive.
When it comes to
power, the V30 has around 25 hours of battery power for music and
around 8 hours for video which is extremely impressive for a device
of this size. The only downside to the unit is that you need to
charge the V30 by connecting it to the AC adapter as there is no
option for USB power which is a shame.
When it comes to
file formats, the V30 has a few native file formats that include
MP3, WMA, WAV and WMA Lossless which means you will need to convert
any other movie formats such as DIVX or MPEG-4 that fortunately can
be converted to WMA via the Windows Media Player, provided you have
the correct plug-ins.
AC power adapter
USB Host Cable
In conclusion, the
Gigabeat V30 is definitely a powerful device, especially in regards
to video quality and battery life. However certain aspects of the
device such as the price, limited native file support would be a
consideration if you were thinking to purchase this device.