Dial M for portable Freeview, DVD action

The cynics of portable video say that you’ll never find the time to watch a handheld PVR. To that we say ‘sit down cynics, and watch a film or two on

The cynics of portable video say that you’ll never find the time to watch a handheld PVR. To that we say ‘sit down cynics, and watch a film or two on these fine devices from MSI and Mustek’.

The former has crafted one of the first portable Freeview players we’ve seen – Toshiba’s May-due SD-P30DT is another – called the D310, which is sitting pretty on the left.

There’s no internal storage or DVD player packed into its slim, 16mm thick frame, but it does have an SD/MMC slot which you can feed with MP4s, MP3s and JPEGS. It also gives you access to digital teletext, and will give you around three hours of digital watching.

The D310 is due to ship to Europe next month for around £155 – we’ll keep you posted on where you can buy it.

If you prefer to feed your portable players DVDs rather than digital fodder, Mustek’s new MP70C, on the right, could have your number on it.

Its humble dimensions only have room for a 7in LCD, but it will play back virtually every format of DVD and CD including those loaded with MP4s and JPEGS.

It’s also built for the road with anti-shock protection, an infra-red remote and a cigarette lighter adaptor for emergency doses of juice.

The MP70C is available now from Mustek’s site for £107.