Feeds

MSI unveils 'posh' iPod Nano rival

And it's not a bad looker

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Computex 2006 MSI isn't one of the world's best known purveyors of portable digital music products, but we were quite taken by its slimline P610 device, the company's alternative to Apple's iPod Nano. MSI also showed off its 1in hard disk-equipped P640 player.

The P610 is one of the few Nano-like offerings we've seen that actually looks good. It's almost mobile phone like, with the black plastic frame around its 1.8in colour display mounted above a simple stainless steel touch-sensitive control that's reminiscent of the Motorola RAZR V3's keypad.

msi p610 slimline digital music player

The MSI device is a 8.5mm thick - the other dimensions are 9 x 4cm; the weight's 45g - but it packs in 14 hours' music playback time. MSI is equipping the P610 with 128MB to 4GB of Flash storage, ready to be filled with MP3, WMA and WMA DRM tracks via a USB connection. It'll also do Motion JPEG video playback and standard JPEG slideshows. There's the inevitable voice recording facility, but listeners will probably enjoy the SRS WOW 3D Surround audio enhancement more. It has an FM tuner too.

Use the P610 and you'll "feel posh", MSI tells us. We're not so sure that's the case with the P640, which offers the same functionality as the P610 but in a large case to accomodate either an 8GB or 10GB 1in HDD.

msi p640 hdd digital music player

The P640 measures 9.5 x 4.6 x 1.3cm and a plastic touch-sensitive control panel. It weighs 80g and provides only ten hours' of continuous listening time. ®

Full Computex coverage at Reg Hardware

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0
My life according to a Google Arse
Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro
Are the days of floorstanders and separates numbered?
LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display
Roll up, roll up for 60-inch telly scrolls by 2017
It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod
BZZZT: Slapper man seeks funds for jolt-a-slacker device
'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE
All-glass mobe could herald the END of traditional cases
iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm
TAG Heuer retail man pinched for wearables division
IBM's $3bn bet on next-gen computers: Carbon nanotubes, neuro chips
Big Blue exec tells El Reg what to keep an eye on
Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad
Intel Core i5, 11.6 inches, tough as old boots Windows slab
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem
Download this brochure to find five ways HP BladeSystem can optimize your business with the power of one.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.