Muvo Vidz flies in on import

It wasn’t long ago that portable video players were mocked as gadget housebricks, but even Creative’s little Muvos can serve up some Peep Show on-the-

It wasn’t long ago that portable video players were mocked as gadget housebricks, but even Creative’s little Muvos can serve up some Peep Show on-the-go these days.

The Vidz, which appears to be a rebranded Sorell player rather than an in-house job, is available in 512MB and 1GB guises and replaces the traditional rocker switch in favour of a joystick.

The video-playing is naturally a sub-Odeon affair – you need to convert files into MV4 using a bundled transcoder, and watching the 1.18in OLED for more than five minutes may give you a permanent squint.

The extra video and JPEG viewing luckily doesn’t come at the expense of the usual box of Muvo tricks – you get an FM radio, a voice recorder and the option to direct encode your MP3s or WMA music.

Its battery should keep going for 10 hours, and you can use it as a mini storage depot for other files via its USB 2.0 connection.

Although the Vidz has yet to be officially announced by Creative in Europe, it is widely available on import via eBay – we’ve found it for about £100 including shipping costs. Head to this link to get one flown in.

(Thanks to Paul Sanders for telling us about this one)