PMP market hots up as PQI enters the fray

Space Distribution has launched PQI’s mPack P800 personal media player across the region. This 40GB ‘hard disk in a box’ will compete with the likes of Creative’s Zen PMC (Personal Media Centre) and Archos’ AV400 release.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 28, 2005

Space Distribution has launched PQI’s mPack P800 personal media player across the region. This 40GB ‘hard disk in a box’ will compete with the likes of Creative’s Zen PMC (Personal Media Centre) and Archos’ AV400 release. Effectively a movie player, MP3 player, digital photo album and USB storage drive all rolled into one, the P800 is being touted by Space as a practical way to take personal entertainment on the road and will also compete, to some degree, with photo viewer products such as Epson’s P-2000, which was launched earlier this month. PQI’s mPack is built around a 40GB hard disk and a 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen. A USB 2.0 connection allows users to upload multiple types of media file, including MPEG and DivX movies, MP3 and WMA music, and various types of image. Like the Archos AV400 and MSI’s MegaView 566 (but unlike Creative’s Zen), the mPack can also record media content directly from DVD, VHS and TV. It also includes a built-in FM tuner and recorder. Should users need yet more storage space, an optional 4-in-1 MMC/SM card adapter is also available. "We feel the mPack is the exciting entry into the world of personal entertainment,” commented Nick Adams, U.S. retail sales manager at PQI. “With its additional capabilities to store, play back and display your digital photos and favorite music, the mPack is a complete audio/video entertainment system in the palm of your hand!"

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