PQI mPack P600, mTrix said to be released this August (now?), September comment: 1
| Friday, August 05 (2005) 12:09PM | Posted by Robert Sinke
|... item header basically says it all - the mPack P600 & mTrix, slick-looking PMPs by PQI, are expected to hit the markets pretty soon.|
The P600 will have to face stiff competition from Creative's Zen Vision, Cowon's A2 and the Archos AV500, but the overall design sets it apart for sure. Also offers spdif-out, USB-Host, GPS blah and RAW picture support for many cameras - just to name a few features.
It's not too big, although the sheer obesity could hurt it a bit (when comparing it to the slim Vision and AV500) - 120 x 94.5 x 27 mm (Vision: 124.2 x 74.4 x 20.1mm, AV500: 124 x 76 x 18mm, Cowon A2: 133 x 78 x 22mm). Then again, being able to flip down the screen is ideal for keeping it protected from scratching and other nasty damage.
They'd better make that release - it's going to be interesting times in the "compact PMPs with reasonably-sized LCDs" section.
|The small, flash-based (SD-slot equiped) mTrix seems to have undergone a mild face lift. They also pulled that ridiculous "Aimed at ladies" slogan from their product page.|
I can't figure out whether this has video-out or not... if not, that's quite a bummer (in my opinion). Yes, it looks very nice and all, plus how many movies are you going to store on an SD card anyway - but the mTrix just seems to be screaming "hook me up to some crappy television". Dear me, I'm already starting to sound like nym9, our local video-output fetishist. Next thing I'll be craving for gapless playback and a decent equalizer.
Ah well, the mTrix is said to see its release next month; so we'll find out if it's worth any fuzz by then. Just look at the pretty pictures for now.
P600 & mTrix product pages