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How Portable Media Centers Work


Windows-based Portable Media Centers
Creative Zen 20-GB Portable Media Center
Creative Zen 20-GB Portable Media Center
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There are three major brands of Windows Media-based portable media centers currently on the market:

Creative Zen Portable Media Center

  • Manufacturer: Creative Labs
  • Storage capacity: 20 GB
  • Dimensions: 5.67 x 3.18 x 1.06 inches (14.4 x 8.1 x 2.7 cm)
  • Display size: 3.8 inches (9.7 cm)
  • Resolution: 320x240
  • Weight: 11.3 ounces (320 grams)
  • Battery life: Up to 22 hours continuous audio playtime or up to seven hours continuous video playtime
  • Price: MSRP $499

iriver PMC-120 (20 GB) and PMC-140 (40 GB)

  • Manufacturer: iriver
  • Storage capacity: 20 GB or 40 GB
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches (14.2 x 8.4 x 3.0 cm)
  • Display size: 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
  • Resolution: 320x240
  • Weight: 45 ounces (1.3 kg)
  • Battery life: Up to 14 hours continuous audio playtime or up to five hours continuous video playtime
  • Price: MSRP $499 or MSRP $649
iriver PMC-120
iriver PMC-120
Photo courtesy Consumer Guide Products

Samsung Yepp YH-999 Portable Media Center

  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Storage capacity: 20 GB
  • Dimensions: 3.82 x 4.21 x 0.83 inches (9.6 x 10.6 x 2.1 cm)
  • Display size: 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
  • Resolution: 320x240
  • Weight: 8 ounces (227 grams)
  • Battery life: Up to 12 hours continuous audio playtime or up to three hours continuous video playtime
  • Price: MSRP $499
Samsung Yepp YH-999 PMC
Samsung Yepp YH-999 PMC
Photo courtesy Consumer Guide Products