Feeds
65%
Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP

Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP

The iPod alternative?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Review Any portable media player has to contend with the entire smartphone market. If you don’t mind running down the battery, mobiles can be as good as dedicated players. New PMPs need extra frills to stand out. With its third-generation GoGear Muse, Philips has added some interesting tweaks. But are they enough?

Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP

The bundled noise-isolating 'phones aren't too shabby

The GoGear Muse is more than a simple music player, tuning in to FM radio, and presenting photos and video too. It records from the radio or its built-in mono mic in MP3.

Speaking of formats, its codec support is impressive, going beyond the usual MP3, WMA and AAC audio playback to include Ogg, uncompressed WAV, and lossless Flac and APE codecs, which is great for musos, though heavy on memory capacity. It comes in 8GB and 16GB editions, but you can expand that with a Micro SD card.

Audible Audiobooks can be played on the GoGear. For video it plays MPEG 4 in AVI and MP4 containers - but not MKV or MOV - as well as WMV, including some DRM-protected content such as BBC iPlayer downloads.

Apart from physical buttons for on/off, accessing the home menu and changing the volume, you use a 3.2in, 480 x 320 capacitive touchscreen. Sometimes the menu system lags, while at others it runs ahead of itself, especially scrolling up or down tracklists. The player takes about 15 seconds to boot from a cold start.

Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP

The Sound Personalisation feature is a snazzy looking graphic equaliser

The supplied AY3834 noise-isolating earphones fit as well as any of their ilk. They’re above average quality but rather bright sounding, which can be rectified by using the GoGear's Sound Personalisation system - a visual EQ control.

Other features include an automatic optimiser for compressed music called FullSound, which claims to lift softer tracks or lower loud ones to minimise distortion. The results are mixed, often sounding raspy with its own earphones. However, it sounded better with my regular Denon earbuds, as well as a pair of Sony over-ear cans. You can disable FullSound or use Sound Personalisation instead.

Philips GoGear Muse 3 PMP Specs

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Next page: Safe and sound

More from The Register

next story
Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it...
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
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.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.