Philips treads on Archos turf with PMP

If you’re so early to adopt you’re already bored of portable media players, look away now. If not, take a peek at Philips’ imminent PMC7230, a portabl

If you’re so early to adopt you’re already bored of portable media players, look away now. If not, take a peek at Philips’ imminent PMC7230, a portable video recorder and MP3 player in one.

The 30GB portable media player will show telly recorded from a VCR, DVD recorder or hard disk recorder in top-notch MPEG 4 format. It’ll also play movies, music and digital photos, storing up to 15,000 audio tracks or 8400 images.

What’s so good about it, then? Well, it purports to sync nicely with Windows XP and is compatible with PlayForSure – which means it plays nice with subscription shops such as Napster.

You’ll also be able to listen to music for 18 hours on the trot or, with an impressive five hours of video playtime, cram in a couple of films on a boring train journey.

If you want to delve a little deeper into the world of the portable media player, check out the next issue of Stuff magazine, out 3rd July - we’ve road tested a few for your perusal.

The PMC7230 is currently on sale in the US for $350. We’re waiting on a UK price and release date as we type. We’ll keep you posted.