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Dvorak: MSI's X2 Player is a Real iPod Challenger

Dvorak: MSI's X2 Player is a Real iPod Challenger

by , 4:45 PM EST, December 8th, 2004

CBS Marketwatch's John Dvorak has penned a piece reviewing MSI's X2 portable multimedia player, the MEGA VIEW 561 (see photo below). The device is a music player, video playback device, FM receiver, photo viewer, and voice recorder. The devices is priced at US$399, the same as Apple's 40 gigabyte iPod, and $100 less than the iPod Photo.

Mr. Dvorak suggests that the X2 may be the first player that can give Apple's iPod a solid run for its money. From the review:

I have used the new MEGA view $399 device and I'm impressed. I'm not easily impressed, either.

This device, which does everything the Apple iPod does, also allows you to use its PVR (personal video recorder) capabilities to record and play video. You can also drop your digital photos into the unit to create a slide show for friends and it also has a built-in FM radio (which you can also record from) and a digital voice recorder. But it's the TV downloading that fascinates me.

There's more in Mr. Dvorak's original story.

The MEGA VIEW 561 weighs 8.5 ounces (the iPod runs up to 6.4 ounces), has a 20GB hard drive, a 3.5-inch display (the iPod's display is 2-inches), and a bank of output jacks for its various multimedia functions.

The Mac Observer Spin:

We hardly know Mr. Dvorak as an Apple-friendly columnist -- indeed, he holds two entries in the Apple Death Knell Counter, and has surfaced with various negatively spun views on the company with some regularity.

Surprisingly, however, Mr. Dvorak was respectful of Apple's position as market leader in this segment, and was guarded in his musings that the X2 could do serious damage to the iPod's standing. This is particularly sensible because neither Mr. Dvorak nor MSI's President, whom Dvorak quotes, makes any effort to combat Steve Jobs' position that portable video players will not be a big market or to explain how to beat Apple's close hardware-software integration. Still we recommend Mr. Dvorak's piece as an interesting read.

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