Feeds
85%
Philips Muse

Philips GoGear Muse

A good all-rounder to ponder on?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

With its MSC/MTP connection switch, the Muse can be easily hooked up to either Linux or Mac machines, while playlists can be set up on-board or synchronized from the likes of Windows Media Player. The Muse also automatically creates a Most Played playlist. We experienced no problems with DRM-protected BBC iPlayer downloads, which loaded and played without a hitch.

Philips Muse

Fixed storage capacities to mull over, but great format support

Philips claims the Muse's 750mAh battery is good for 30 hours of audio playback and 6 of video. We found these numbers to be commendably accurate, managing 28 hours 40 and 5 hours 25 respectively during our test. As we have come to expect from Philips the Muse is pretty aggressively priced with the entry-level 16GB device costing £150 and the 32GB device coming in at only £30 more. That makes the latter the model of choice for us.

Verdict

There is a lot to like about the Muse. Format support is excellent, as is the player's ability to handle video above the screens native resolution. The bundled noise cancelling earphones will hold obvious appeal to anyone who regularly uses their music player on a tube train or plane. However, some may see the absence of storage expansion as a drawback, but we reckon that is countered by the generous capacity/price combination. ®

More Media Player Reviews...


Apple
iPod Nano 5G

Cowon
D2+ DAB

Samsung YP-Q2
v.
Sony E-series

Apple
iPod Touch 3G

The essential guide to IT transformation

85%
Philips Muse

Philips GoGear Muse

Don't let the slightly conservative design detract from a very capable device that offers decent value for money.
Price: 16GB: £149, 32GB: £179 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST
You can never wipe supermarket slab clean enough
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.