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X-Micro Video MP3 400 - Convenient Movie and Audio Playback

By: Mike Wright | MP3 Players in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 9, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: X-Micro

Final Thoughts


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.


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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.


- Pros


Very small size


So many features


Video output capability


Good sound quality with stereo output


Video conversion compresses files nicely


Price is very reasonable


- Cons


Earpieces were unimpressive


Limited storage size choices


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Features Award!



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