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Toshiba MES30VW Gigabeat 30 GB Portable Media Player (White)

2.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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  • 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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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: MES30VW
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 30.0 GB
  • Color: White
  • Supported Audio Format: MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, WAV
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Product Description

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Product Description



Aiming to make a mark as one of the market's most powerful and sophisticated portable media players, Toshiba's Gigabeat MES30VW doesn't disappoint. The device employs Microsoft's intuitive Portable Media Center (PMC) software to play your favorite digital movies, music, and photos,

Microsoft's intuitive Portable Media Center makes it easy to play all your media. View larger.

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with support for WMA Lossless, WMA, MP3, WAV, WMV, DivX, and JPEG formats. The Windows Media Player application even transcodes MPEG-4, AVI, and MOV formats, making it far more versatile than most video-compatible players. Meanwhile, the MES30VW's 30 GB hard drive is capable of holding a ton of digital media, including about 7,500 songs (more than 500 complete album) at 128 kbps, a robust 15,000 songs at 64 kbps, and a still-impressive 850 songs, or 57 hours, of CD-resolution WAV files.

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.

Controlling the device couldn't be easier. View larger.
The MES30VW's defining feature, however, is its 2.4-inch QVGA display, which offers a resolution of 320 x 240 (65,000 colors) to ensure elite video and picture quality. Viewers who want to enjoy optimal resolution can switch to landscape mode, or they can output the signal to a full-size TV for group viewing. And serious music fans can download and view album covers on the screen, search for their favorite tracks by scrolling through the album covers, or even set a favorite album as a background image.

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.

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 0.5 x 2.4 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Manufacturer Toshiba
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Item model number MES30VW
Customer Reviews
2.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,778 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Players
Date first available at Amazon.com March 28, 2005

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After being introduced to the Gigabeat by a family friend, I read a lot of customer reviews since I did want to replace my 2 Gb Apple iPod with something a little larger, and decided to go for the MES30VW, which I've had for a little over a week now.

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".
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Refusing to let my son become a member of the iPod pod-heads I went looking for an alternative and found this incredible device. I'll be brief:

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.

Grade: A+

Accessories: someone PLEASE get off the iPod kick and make accessories that work with other players. PLEASE.
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I didn't want and Ipod cause everyone has one. I have been waitting for a Mp3/video player and when I saw this on CNET I bought it that very night.

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.
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I received this product one monday and already by thursday I started the return process. The device is amazing displaying pictures, playing music and videos. Has a crystal clear and brightfull screen with a great size too. The software is great, you can find everything real quick. Everything seemed to be amazing until I found out that after four hours the battery just died and the product turned off all the sudden. I tried twice a full recharge and tested it with my MP3 Catalog. The first time with a USB connection to fully charge the device and the second time by using normal AC power. The result was both times the same, just a four hours playback time (for music). Considering that there are not many accesories to stay on the road with your device this was just too dissapointing. I decided to return the device. I wasn't able to try the other features such as downloading TV shows or buying online and storing the musing in the device. IPOD killer? I still have to wait more time to find such a device...
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