PQI mPack P600 £320

4th Mar 2008 | 15:19

PQI mPack P600

Far from a piece of cheap tat

TechRadar rating:

5 stars

Excellent design, build and performance makes a serious contender

Like:

Performance; compatibility; features

Dislike:

Hard drive only 20GB

The mPack P600 is a personal media player that stands apart from the crowd.

It's made by a little-known Far Eastern manufacturer, which tends to get the alarm bells ringing, but this is far from a piece of cheap tat.

First and foremost, there's the screen, which flips up neatly from the main body. It's a 4in widescreen to be exact, with a resolution of 480 x 272 - and it's absolutely fantastic. We ran all sorts of content through it - XviD videos downloaded from the internet, DVD rips, TV clips - and everything looked wonderfully crisp and clear.

If we were pushed to make a criticism, the interlaced scanning, which causes quite a few noticeable jagged edges during movements, would be top of the list, but that's really about it.

The P600 is also one of the few players around that comes with stereo speakers (most have mono, if anything at all) and, though not particularly ground moving with music, they do a fine job with videos and movies.

Let us play

Another big plus point is the file format compatibility. While the P600 can't record direct from a video or audio source (like the Archos or iRiver), it is able to play back an incredible range of file types. Even direct DVD rips (including multi-channel Dolby Digital audio) are compatible.

The styling is also refreshing, with the clamshell design helping to protect the screen from bumps and scratches. Extra features like USB On-The-Go, which allows you to hook up a digital camera and transfer pictures directly are just the icing on a very tasty cake.

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