PC Perspective Holiday Gift Idea Guide
MP3 Players & Media Devices
Some of the hottest gifts this year will be MP3 players. Prices of MP3 players have dropped drastically over the past year where any other technology (like traditional audio CDs or even miniDisc) just seems too bulky and expensive. The following are some ideas for portable media devices.
X-Micro makes some of the most affordable MP3 players available, but don't think they're unreliable! They're sturdu with a lot of capacity for almost 1/2 the price of similar players. You can get the X-Micro 256MB MP3 player for only $55 at NewEgg!
Price @ NewEgg at time of publishing: $55.00
If you're looking for a little more capacity, you can spend a little more and get the Rio Nitrus 1.5GB player for $130.
Lowest price at time of publishing: $139.95
iPods are not to be ignored. iPod minis are stylish and come in many different colors. They're a bit overpriced for what you get, so make sure to do some research to be sure this is what you want.
Lowest price at time of publishing: $239.00
If you already have an iPod and looking to accessorize it a little, check out these cool add-ons!
The Altec Lansing InMotion speaker system cradles your iPod with some nice speakers. There are versions for mini and original iPods.
Lowest price at time of publishing: $96.00
Another great high-tech toy to come out in the past year are portable media centers that allow you to playback video and music on a built-in LCD screen or output it to an external display. There are many coming to the market, but this one from Creative Labs is more widely marketed and looks great. Sure beats having to lug around a laptop to watch your videos on a trip.
Lowest price at time of publishing: $445.00