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Need A Portable Video Player - What To Get?

El Xando

"Dam whippersnapper"
So the closest thing I've ever had to an MP3 player I've had been a PSP, I've decided to get a portable media player, which I will use mainly for videos, not music (as I am not very into music :O)
I want something I can literally just chuck a divx .avi, or an mp3, or an mp4 or whatever format I want onto and it will just play. No need to take 30 minutes converting it to another format in order to watch it.
I have been looking at buying an Archos and the cheapest I find seem to be this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Archos-Wi-Fi-Portable-Video-Player/dp/B000S5ZUHU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1228084281&sr=8-3
Archos 605 80GB for
 

FrozenIpaq

Justin B / Supp. Editor
Staff member
Enforcer Team
Mr. Beefy said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP2X

Try and snag one of those, it'll handle everything you can throw at it, the newest model has a touchescreen, runs a flavor of Linux, and you can emulate a shit ton of stuff on it. Might be more than you want, but it's neat.

And also along those lines:

http://openpandora.org/

Good luck getting one though.

I advise against a GP2X for a video player, it's more of a gaming device as is Pandora. The Archos is a great PMP
 

El Xando

"Dam whippersnapper"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP2X

Try and snag one of those, it'll handle everything you can throw at it, the newest model has a touchescreen, runs a flavor of Linux, and you can emulate a shit ton of stuff on it. Might be more than you want, but it's neat.

And also along those lines:

http://openpandora.org/

Good luck getting one though.
Thanks but I don't really want to pay more for features I will never use (like emulation (I have a hacked DS and PSP) and Linux) plus they look hard to find.
I advise against a GP2X for a video player, it's more of a gaming device as is Pandora. The Archos is a great PMP
Cool, thanks Frozen. Which one do you guys recommend I get and from where?
 

Noriyuke

Member
Well i have a question before i post my opinions on what to get, what are you looking for? Quality? or Utility?
 

El Xando

"Dam whippersnapper"
All I want is the ability to be able to play divx .avi files without converting them and a reasonably big screen and capacity. Asides from that, I'm open to suggestions :)
 

-chw42-

Like a Boss
So the closest thing I've ever had to an MP3 player I've had been a PSP, I've decided to get a portable media player, which I will use mainly for videos, not music (as I am not very into music :O)
I want something I can literally just chuck a divx .avi, or an mp3, or an mp4 or whatever format I want onto and it will just play. No need to take 30 minutes converting it to another format in order to watch it.
I have been looking at buying an Archos and the cheapest I find seem to be this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Archos-Wi-Fi-Portable-Video-Player/dp/B000S5ZUHU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1228084281&sr=8-3
Archos 605 80GB for
 

NoEffex

Seth's On A Boat.
I agree, i dont know, im sticking to the PSP as a video player, i likes it, stylish too.
The PSP is a horrendous video player..it supports only a couple formats, and has really bad limits. Not saying it's bad for it's size, because it's good for a 333mhz (tops) 32MB ram device, but, it still sucks. If the Pandora can play games, it can sure as hell play videos..I'd think it'd be a good player..I might invest in it. Playing videos takes a lot less than games. Especially for like a h264 mp4 aac video. Might not be see-the-bead-of-sweat-on-their-eyeball quality, but it's what it is.
 

FrozenIpaq

Justin B / Supp. Editor
Staff member
Enforcer Team
The PSP is a good solution for those who already own one, but for those that don't then I wouldn't spend it on a PSP. Although I'm the one who spent $600 on a UMPC as my video player (and still love it, 6+ hours of video). While some of the latest Archos players aren't the greatest they probably are still the best in terms of bang-for-buck and screen size.
 

Noriyuke

Member
The PSP is a horrendous video player..it supports only a couple formats, and has really bad limits. Not saying it's bad for it's size, because it's good for a 333mhz (tops) 32MB ram device, but, it still sucks. If the Pandora can play games, it can sure as hell play videos..I'd think it'd be a good player..I might invest in it. Playing videos takes a lot less than games. Especially for like a h264 mp4 aac video. Might not be see-the-bead-of-sweat-on-their-eyeball quality, but it's what it is.
Meh, PSP's can be found anywhere, and with some having broken screens that can be replaced for 20-30 dollars, i see it as far cheaper then investing in a Pandora. IDK, i like the pandora, but i woundnt buy it, but then again, ive been running around without headphones just because i wont pay 5 bucks for a decent pair. Rather pay 30 cents and wait 3 weeks to get it shipped.
 
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