With so many MP3 players hitting the markets and the Holiday season coming upon us, a company has to have something to set its product line apart from the crowds. X-Micro has come up with a very solid offering with the Video MP3 400 device. It has a lot of features that are not common in the competition and still manages to be user friendly.
A little more choice in larger storage formats would be nice, but a 1GB model will hold upwards of 4-5 full-length movies and still have just a little room left over for other stuff. As far as price is concerned, you'll find a very limited availability right now, but we're assured that this will be taken care of soon. MSRP for the Video MP3 400 is slated at $99US for the 256MB version, $119 for the 512MB version and $169 for the 1GB version. We all know that prices will be lower online, so we're also looking at a decent value for our shopping dollars. Comparatively, I was able to search around online and find MP3 players with video capabilities for prices ranging from $299 - $620 depending on storage capacity.
As an aside, a lot of folks are looking at the iPod as a potential purchase for Christmas. While the storage offering is a lot higher (30-60GB), you also have to use their purchased files from iTunes. As I mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of proprietary mediums, but at least the X-Micro offering gives you the ability to convert your own files to its required format. Of course, half the price also helps the X-Micro device out as well.
Bottom line... If you've been thinking about getting a full-featured MP3 player and just don't know where to start looking, let me recommend the X-Micro Video MP3 400 device. It isn't the biggest kid on the block but it has nearly every feature you could ask for and a very simple method to access it all.
Very small size
So many features
Video output capability
Good sound quality with stereo output
Video conversion compresses files nicely
Price is very reasonable
Earpieces were unimpressive
Limited storage size choices
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Features Award!