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Portable Media Player...at Cut Rate Price

Boot Camp feature for Friday, May 4, 2007

A portable media player…at a cut rate price. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Apple has made the idea of carrying video along on a portable device popular…with its video iPods. But there are plenty of alternatives. One of the least expensive is from a company called Mach Speed. It's TV5 device….with a 2 and a half inch screen, sells for just 109 dollars. And says CEO Bill Howells…

"The TV5 actually has a direct video record feature to it where you can plug this directly into your DVD player or Tivo, any video source. And it's really as simple as hitting play on one and record on the other. And anything you've missed, any episodes of your favorite show, get it on there and just take it on the road with you."

Mach Speed says the battery life is about eight hours of video playback. It is light on built in memory…just 512 megabytes…

"Which will allow you to get about an hour and a half of video on it. There's a secure digital slot that you can put up to a two gigabyte SD card in to get 6 or 7 hours of video on it."

At the lowest quality compression setting. You couldn't call the look and feel of the TV5 high quality either. But for the money, it delivers a lot of functionality. Besides video, it can display photos, play MP3 or Windows Media music, it has a voice recorder and a built in 5 megapixel camera. But…it doesn't have a flash and the camera quality is more akin to what you'd find on a cell phone. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.