|Smart and stylish, the Toshiba GigaBeat MES60VK is a 60 GB digital media player that lets you enjoy music anywhere, anytime with high quality. A 2.4-inch LCD display in this Toshiba GigaBeat MES60VK allows you to access the menus and functions easily. This 60 GB digital media player supports a wide range of music and video download services. The Toshiba digital media player comes with a USB support, so that you can transfer files from the PC. Additionally the Toshiba GigaBeat MES60VK has an FM tuner, so that you can also enjoy music through FM stations. With a rechargeable battery, this Toshiba digital media player lets you enjoy music for several hours.|
|Model||GigaBeat MES60VK (60 GB)|
|Storage Capacity||60 GB|
|Audio Supported Formats||MP3, WAV, WMA|
|Video Supported Formats||MPEG-4|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 12 Hours|
|Audio / Video Capabilities|
|MP3 Bit-Rate||16 kbps - 320 kbps|
|Max Video Resolution||320 x 240|
|Screen Size||2.4 Inch|
|Outputs||Composite x 1, Headphone Jack|
|Additional Features||Equalizer Controls, FM Stereo Tuner, FM radio, File Browsing, Folder Support, Video Camera, Video Recorder|
|Supported Power Supply||AC/DC Adapter, Internal Battery, Rechargeable via USB cable|
|Storage Type||Hard Drive|
|Number Of Songs||15000|
|Frequency Response||20-20000 Hz|
The Toshiba Gigabeat S makes its mark as a supercompact 30GB or 60GB portable video player. It supports many music, video, and photo file types, including subscription services, and it has a bevy of features, such as an FM tuner and support for digital camera transfers. Best of all, the device is completely intuitive, thanks in part to an improved Portable Media Center operating system, and it boasts excellent sound performance.
Unlike many portable video players, the Toshiba Gigabeat S does not record audio or video. There is no voice or FM recording, and the two-cable AC adapter is cumbersome. Also, the Gigabeat S is an MTP device and requires Windows XP. Finally, rated battery life for video is weaker than Toshiba had originally suggested.
Many prospective MP3/PVP buyers have been waiting patiently for this compact, easy-to-use, one-stop shop for media files--looks like the Toshiba Gigabeat S was worth the wait.
Average review score based on 29 user reviews
The Toshiba gigabeat MES60VK (60 GB) Digital Media Player is a great item for those of you who are looking for a high capacity mp3 player and are wanting alternative to the IPod. If you have a home pc that is Windows Media Center Edition based, than this item is a must have. You can sync all of your mp3 as you would expect, but you can also sync your My TV and My Video's with it as well. Think of it, now all of your Media Center entertainment has gone mobile!! The screen has a great resolution and it is very convenient to have the album art with all of your songs. The only items that are a little negative are the battery life and lack of accessories. This item will charge however with either the AC plug or with the supplied USB cable. There is a great "wow" factor to this item, and I would recommend considering this item if you are in the market for a new mp3 player.
I bought this last December when my 4gen ipod started dying. Originally, I LOVED this thing. Being a Windows Media Center user, taking my tv shows and my music with me everywhere was great. FM tuner, easily transfering videos, movies, and music was great.
However, when you hear that it gets almost no support from Toshiba, you are being mislead. It has never gotten ANY support. No firmware updates. No worthwhile accessories (the only items that I have ever seen were cheap, sweat shop items from some back corner third world country, and generic devices that will work on any mp3 player out there. The battery life was the most disappointing feature ever. I never got more than 4 hours of music playback, and never made it through more than 75 minutes of video. Numerous problems with MP 10 & 11, although Media Monkey was a vast improvement. It often decided to randomly delete tracks, and continually needed to be restored. I returned it twice, received new units both times, and the last one only lasted about 5 weeks. I would have returned that one as well if I didn't let my frustration get to me and could have stopped myself from throwing it out of the window while in my driveway. There are some enthusiasts out there trying to adapt it to Rockbox, which will hopefully fix some of these issues for those out there that still are trying to use these things.
In all, this was the machine that I had been looking for for a long time. It had everything that I had been looking for in a mp3 player, and it performed for a short while flawlessly. I must say that I never abused it (until the last replacement model) and all 3 were treated like gold. I truly believe that this could have been the answer to the ipod, but the moment that Toshiba became involved with MS and the Zune, it was doomed.
The toshiba gigabeat s60 is really amazing. I'll just list the positves and negatives to keep this short though.
Smaller than 60 and 80 gigabite ipods
has a larger screen than ipod
holds more codecs than ipod
has fm radio
easy to use controls
works seemlessly w/ windows media player, xbox 360, windows media center
comes with audio video out cable to play music, videos, and pictures on tv
transfer pics and video directly from camera with included cable
like the ipod it's easy to scratch if you dont have a case or screen protector
short battery life
If you look at all the reviews online about this PMP (Portable Media Center), you will see some varying results. On www.Cnet.com, they scored this as the highest ranking PMP, even higher than the Ipod and the Zen Vision: M. On other sites though, they talk about how dissapointing it was and how it did not live up to the hype Microsoft and Toshiba led it to be. Being an owner of one, I find that there is a big mixture of both. This PMP is absolutely wonderful. I love it.
On with the good:
Don't let anyone fool you who says that the audio quality is bad. It is great, and there is nothing wrong with it. Everyone agrees that the GUI (Graphical User Interface) is one of the best, and I can say that it is absolutely beautiful. The navigation is a breeze. Also, since it's MTP and not UMS, you have to use ID3 tagging, just like the Ipod, or many other PMP's out there. With this, you have to sync with Windows Media Player 10 (WMP10) or higher instead of, for example, Itunes. It's really not bad at all as some people say. They might say that their WMP10 locked up and froze their computer, but I believe that to be user error, since I've synced up over 30 gigs of music, videos and pictures. Works like a breeze.
On with the bad:
There are a few bad points on the product which makes it almost not worth having (sad, but true). There is almost NO SUPPORT for this product from either Toshiba and Microsoft. No firmware updates at all so far, with no word about it. There isn't much 3rd party support either. Almost no accessories to go with it. A big thing about this is the battery life. Many people seem to have troubles with the battery life, and this might be an error with Toshiba. It's only 12 hours, and it's way too short (about as long as an Ipod). Many people also prefer UMS to MTP, as it is more free roaming. Other than these factors, there isn't much else hindering this product. But these problems, are all somewhat large, especially since this gets no support. With the Zune coming out soon, Microsoft and Toshiba have basically focused most of their efforts to that. Also, with the Ipod price drop and increase in hard disk space, that is a good alternative now. Since the Gigabeat S60 is $400 retail, the Ipod is only $350 retail. But, you can get the S60 off of ebay right now for about $300 since its not in too high of demand.
There you have. Is the Toshiba Gigabeat S60 really worth having? I really wish they supported this product more. Does the good really make up for the bad? I think so. I still like the player a lot, even with lack of everything. I don't really need accessories, but for some people, it's a problem. When you get right down to it, pick a PMP or DAP (Digital Audio Player aka MP3 player) that's right for you. Pick one that's suited for your wants, and needs.
The main reason I bought this item was because it was a 60gig MP3 layer, for less, or the same price of a 30gig iPod.
Also, Im a PC user, so i didn't have any software problems.
The largest con of this item is that it doesn't work with macintosh computer, because it is not formatted as a Mass Storage Device, so it only works with Windows Media Player.
Overall great product, battery life is excellent!
The first time you use it, the battery wont last long, as with many rechargeable batteries. So use it until it dies, and recharge it, and repeat. That way you get the fullest charge out of it.
It has a great, even intuitive navigation system, you have buttons instead of a scroll wheel. I personally like buttons better, because it seems that you have better control when trying to move quickly through a large library of music.
Also features buttons on the side for power, volume, and forward/pause/skip. Easy to remember and use without looking after a few minutes of use.
It also have a color screen for viewing videos (you can view them 2 different ways, portrait, or landscape, depending on your preference or what you are watching.)
This is a must buy if you don't wan/cant afford an iPod, or just want something different.