The team at Peripheral Corner have been a busy lot lately. Not only have they introduced the Eten smartphones to the UK (click here for more), they have also just unveiled a hard disk based video player.
The not very originally named MPEG4 Portable Video Player actually looks remarkably like a gadget we saw at CES being touted by a Chinese company we’d never heard of.
However the player has a reasonably good line up of features including a 20 Gigabyte hard disk, real time recording and playback of MPEG 4 files (microsoft’s Portable Media Centers aren’t compatible with this format in spite of the fact that it is the most used compressed video system), a 3.5inch LCD screen and MP3 playback. There’s also a built in mîcrophone and the player can moonlight as a hard disk too.
We’ll leave a full judgement until we get to actually test the player, but in our book, whether it will be a success depends on looks (you can judge for yourself), battery life (no details yet) and price (which is £423).
It goes up against the 20Gig version of the Archos AV320, which retails for around £400.