Viewsonic is getting serious about the portable media player business with it's latest gadget the MovieBook VPD550T. The VPD550T comes with a 5-inch LCD touch screen (800×480-pixel resolution), 8GB of memory, microSD expansion slot, and an HDMI output capable of full 1080p. Read on for more details.
Because of the hefty price tags attached to most portable media players (Archos, Cowon, etc…), sales have been slow. Honestly, how many people do you know that have a portable media player? Looks like Viewsonic may have figured this out with their $199 price point. The MovieBook VPD550T will support DAT, MPG, MPEG, VOB, MP4, MOV, AVI, DVD Video, ASF, WMV, MKV, TS, RM/RMVB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC ,OGG, FLAC, APE, AC3, and DTS formats. Image and ebook content will also be able to be viewed on this gadget. Expect battery life to be about 20 hours of audio and 4 hours of video.
Until my iPhone or iPod gets 1080p this isn't a bad addition to the gadget pile. The VPD550T is expected to hit in late March or early April.