- Brand Name: Toshiba
- Model Number: MES30VW
- Digital Storage Capacity: 30.0 GB
- Color: White
- Supported Audio Format: MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, WAV
Toshiba MES30VW Gigabeat 30 GB Portable Media Player (White)
- 30 GB digital media player with Portable Media Center (PMC) interface for movies, photos, and music
- Supports WMA Lossless, WMA, MP3, WAV, WMV, DivX, and JPEG formats; built-in FM tuner
- Transcodes MPEG-4, AVI, and MOV files; video-out jack connects to full-size TV or monitor
- 2.4-inch WVGA display with 320 x 240 resolution; supports wide range of music and video download services
- Runs for roughly 20 hours per charge; measures 2.38 x 3.94 x 0.62 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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The PC-only device is also PlaysForSure-certified by Microsoft, which means that it will operate with any similarly designated management software or download service, such as Napster, Rhapsody, and Wal-Mart Music Downloads. Users can also subscribe to movies or TV shows via MTV/Microsoft's Urge, TiVo to Go, Starz Vongo, and a host of other sites. And because the MES30VW is automatically recognized by Windows Media Player 10, you won't need to install drivers of any kind.
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The device is prepared for future developments as well, as it's one of the first media players that can be connected to and controlled via the Xbox 360's interface. Finally, the MES30VW serves as a USB host, letting you connect a digital camera to the unit's USB port and then transfer and view the pics immediately--no PC required.
Additional features include a built-in FM tuner with 30 station presets, a docking cradle for charging, and a pair of headphones with an integrated remote control. The MES30VW, which offers roughly 20 hours of music playback per charge, measures a compact 2.38 by 3.94 by 0.62 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
What's in the Box
MES30VW portable media player, AC adapter, AC adapter cable, earbuds, USB cable, USB conversion cable, AV cable, software CD-ROM, and quick start guide.
Top Customer Reviews
It literally does everything, although I haven't yet tried to download videos but will soon...anyway, on to the features...
I'm not a computer techie or particularly knowledgeable on electronics, but after a couple of perusals of the manual (the FULL manual - not the Quick Start Guide!) it all made a lot of sense. I like that it uses WMP 10, which I already had on my computer anyway (though it needs to be reinstalled for files specific to the Gigabeat) and the whole thing wasn't foreign to me.
Ripping songs from my rather large collection of CDs is easy, and synching them to my Gigabeat is just as easy.
For whatever albums where the information doesn't show up immediately, I can search and there it is...album cover, song titles, artists, everything. At first I didn't know this and spent a lot of time manually typing in that information, but most of the time now I can get the information with a couple of clicks of my mouse. Even ripping CDs I've compiled myself is pretty easy, as screen will come up asking for album name (whatever you want to call it) and the songs, artists, and composers...no more "Unknown Artists" or "Unknown Albums".Read more ›
Software: Could not be easier to use
Sound quality: as good and better than expected - I'm not a fan of the plug-in headphones, but my son says they are excellent.
Video playback: stunning. This is the first video-mp3 machine I've toyed with and I cannot get over the vid and pic quality - even when pasted up on our TV!
Battery life: I've never heard a complaint of him running out of juice and he uses it for bus trips on a weekly basis.
Interface and controls: could not be better.
Accessories: someone PLEASE get off the iPod kick and make accessories that work with other players. PLEASE.
I have the 60gb (black) and I'm writting this reveiw after owning it for about 2 weeks.
IF it can play with windows media player it can play on this player!! Divx hint hint.
Connects perfict with windows media player and Media center Pc's.
The USB cable charges the unit so I leave this at the Pc all the time and the powercable I just leave at work.
Navigation is so simple you can hand the unit to anyone and they will figer out how to find what they want in seconds.
Small size for a unit that can hold tens of thousands of songs and pictures as well as a library of your favoret movies.
Screen resaloution is very good but not excelent.
Turning it on is practicly "instant on".
Connects with Xbox 360. Listen to your music while playing a game and navigate with x's controlers.
Album art can be displayed full screen.
Suports WMA lossless a very high quality audio codec that audiophiles love.
TV out.. Play your music and watch a slide show of your vaca on your TV. Watch movies.
Radio Turner.. extra bonus for when you want something differnt or hear a beasball game.
Unit comes with A/V cables.
Scratch resistant case.
TIVO and Media center Pc TV recordings compatable
I loaded many differnt Dvix formats AVIs on the player and they all work perfectly.
Buttons on the right side seams to be silly placement.
Sreen color Res. and well as TV out is not at full capasity its good enough but not amazing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was great for those wanting a new portable media player. Personally, I find this more user friendly than the Zen players and the ipods as well. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KMK
Was great until I sat on it and broke the screen. Screen is very susceptible to damage but otherwise good product.Published on July 1, 2013 by Kc
Initially, I was happy with this gadget. Then I realized the syncing issues for the windows software machine - songs have to have a certain way of tagging, not very user friendly. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Mr. Moin
This item was a complete WASTE. It broke 3 months into purchasing it and Toshiba had the WORST customer service--i advise that no one buys anything toshiba realted because of its... Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Ann
Does what it says. I enjoyed the player very much and had no issues with it.Published on September 5, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I've owned my gigabeat for about 1.5 years, and while the gigabeat itself is a good product, Toshiba does not provide customer support or drivers for its "older" gigabeat series,... Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by Vicki Dashley
This product is not perfect, but it has a lot of extras other MP3 players don't have. First of, if (and ONLY if) you have Windows XP Media Center Edition you can watch TV for free... Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Gadget Man
My entire family has IPOD's and I chose to go with Toshiba gigabeat. Up to now I have been happy with it other than the battery life is not very good. Read morePublished on December 29, 2008 by Palmetto girl