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Toshiba gigabeat® S60 Portable Media Center

60GB MP3/WMA player with video and photo playback

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Item # 052MES60VK

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Enjoy 10 days of video, tens of thousands of photos, or over 40 days of near-CD-quality music with the 60GB Toshiba gigabeat Portable Media Center. It features a generous 60GB hard drive and a 2-3/8" screen that displays videos and pictures in bright, vivid colors. The player comes preloaded with Microsoft's Windows® Mobile® software and uses the same intuitive interface found on the Media Center edition of Windows XP.

Enjoy 10 days of video, tens of thousands of photos, or over 40 days of near-CD-quality music with the 60GB Toshiba gigabeat Portable Media Center. It features a generous 60GB hard drive and a 2-3/8" screen that displays videos and pictures in bright, vivid colors. The player comes preloaded with Microsoft's Windows® Mobile® software and uses the same intuitive interface found on the Media Center edition of Windows XP.

TV and movies to go
Using your home computer network, you can transfer recorded TV shows from a Media Center PC or TiVo Series 2™ DVR to the gigabeat. Or load it up with movies from a compatible online subscription service, like Starz Vongo.

Plenty of music choices
The gigabeat works with audio download and subscription services such as Napster and URGE, so you easily can augment your collections of MP3s and WMAs with fresh tunes. You can also send music from your player through a PC to your Xbox360™ console and use your own tunes for video game soundtracks.

Use the built-in tuner to listen to live radio programs. The gigabeat's rechargeable battery that gives you up to 12 hours of playback on a full charge, so you can watch videos and listen to music for hours on end.

Shipping Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

Product Highlights:

  • plays WMV 7, WMV 8, and WMV 9 video files
  • displays JPEG images
  • plays MP3, WMA, protected WMA and WAV audio files
  • 60GB hard drive holds:
    • up to 2,000 hours of music at 64 Kbps (or 1,000 hours at 128 Kbps)
    • up to 240 hours of movies at 500 Kbps
    • tens of thousands of digital photos
  • PlaysForSure™ compatibility — plays downloaded music and video files from compatible sources and subscription services, like Napster, Yahoo! Music Service, and URGE
  • built-in FM tuner with 30 station presets
  • 2-3/8" backlit polysilicone TFT screen (65,536 colors)
  • earbud headphones
  • AC adapter
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • up to 20 hours audio (or 4.15 hours video) playback with built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 2-3/8"W x 4"H x 1/2"D
  • weight: 4.9 oz. with battery
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
PC Requirements:
  • Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, XP Media Center Edition (Service Pack 2 is recommended)
  • USB port (high-speed USB recommended)

What's in the Box:

  • Piano black/silver 60GB portable media center
  • Earbud headphones with an attached 38" cord (right earbud cord is 49") with a 3.5mm miniplug on the end
  • 5' A/V cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA audio and composite video plugs on the other end)
  • AC adapter with an attached 59" DC output cord (DC output: 5V/3A)
  • 6.75' AC cord
  • 3.5' USB cable (with male Type A USB plug on one end and a male Mini-USB 2.0 plug on the other end)
  • 5.5" USB adapter cable (has female Type A USB jack on one end and a male Mini-USB 2.0 plug on the other end)
  • Gigabeat S-series Software CD (Ver.1.0 NA)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Precautions
  • "Stop--Need Help?" sheet
  • Napster Special Offer flyer
  • Warranty sheet
Reviews

Toshiba gigabeat® S60 Portable Media Center Reviews

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(5 Reviews)

Toshiba gigabeat® S60 Portable Media Center

Nick from Yuma, Az on 2/13/2007

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I bought this because it was new and didn't have the Ipod touch wheel. Don't make the same mistake I did. The battery on this thing is the worst ever. As soon as you charge it and switch it on, the battery starts draining, even while it's off. I'm lucky to get a good hour out of it before it dies on me.<BR>And don't think it was just one because i sent the first one back and got another that has the same terrible battery.

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The best MP3 so far

Benjamin from Brooklyn, NY on 2/5/2007

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This is my 3rd Mp3 player and I must say this is the best. My first two were the Ipod and Creative Zen. I wanted to upgrade to a player that has a FM tuner, photo viewer, and plays videos. I narrowed it down to the Zune and Gigabeat. Honestly, I would have gone for the Zune if it had a bigger hard drive. I really like the Gigabeat and everything works perfectly. I have so far 11,400 music files, 74 videos (mostly music), and over 1000 photos. I stil have 7.8gb of space left. It is an amazing player with a great design. The color screen is awesome. The Gigabeat is smaller than the Zune. The only drawback with the Gigabeat is the battery life. The one thing to do is not to keep the backlight on too long. Watching videos also the drain the battery faster. But overall, it is an excellent player. I like to point out that the Ipod does not play all music files. I have a lot of WMA files and Ipod does not upload these. Pretty much the main reason I never went back to Ipod. I am already thinking about upgrading again. If Zune and Gigabeat comes out with 80gb hard drive, it will be a tough choice. The appearance of the Gigabeat does look better than the Zune. I would say these two are definitely a Ipod killer. You have to see it to believe it.<BR>

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Flaw in the Interface

Thomanji from Florida on 8/17/2006

I have bought the S60 and I am totally disappointed. The device is nice and works fine but the way you have to sync the music using MediaPlayer 10 is not working for ripped CD's that do not have Tags. I have audio books that I did place in the Music folder using the FileManager. The S60 attempts to sort them by Artist, Song, Genres, etc. but does not give you a folder view as the F60 did or as any other MP3 player I owned did. This makes this player useless for anyone that likes to listen to audio books and music that was riped from a CD. I liked this device because of size bothy physically and storage but this flaw made me decide to get rid of it. It is unfortunate that such a flaw is produced by Toshiba. I even called the customer service and they told me to simply add tags to all my 7000 songs and audio books!<BR><BR>My recommendation is do not buy this device until the patched this mistake in the interface design.

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Toshiba Gigabeat

Ronald from Enterprise, AL on 8/10/2006

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I reviewed both the Ipod and the Gigabeat before settling on the Gigabeat. The choice was easy, I own a Media Center PC which is supposed to sync easily with the Gigabeat. <BR><BR>Windows Media Center PC - Music, photos, and home videos were easy to transfer with media center. I simply attached the Gigabeat to the PC via the USB cable and it was immediately recognized, no drivers or software to install. I used the "sync to device" function under "More Programs" to sync the device. It was dissapointing that you cannot pick and choose what you want to sync. Instead you must create either playlists or favorites, otherwise you must sync everything in a category. The most frustrating aspect of media center is recorded TV, I could not get it to sync an individual show (again due to the limitations of the sync aspect) and also had problems with permissions. Media Center has to connect to the internet to see if a show is protected.<BR><BR>After trying media center I tried Windows Media Player 11. No problems here, allows you to drag and drop files in a way that does not mess up your existing files on the Gigabeat. I recommend using WMP 11 over Media Center simply for the ease and control it affords. It also allowed me to sync the individual TV shows that Media Center would not sync.<BR><BR>Overall the Gigabeat is a neat little device. I will keep mine but I have had two serious problems. <BR><BR>Right out of the box there was a defect in the screen. Dust has slowly accumulated under the screen. The second issue is battery life. I am lucky to get 4 hours in music mode. I have had it for two weeks so I will ask for a replacement and hope it does not have the same problems.

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Things you should know...

Christopher from Buffalo, NY on 6/22/2006

-First, it does not have a built-in microphone or any recording capabilities whatsoever. <BR><BR>-Second...the battery life is not 20 hours. Toshiba originally promised that, but in all reality and on the current spec sheets, its more like 12 hours for audio and 3.5 hours for video.<BR><BR>With those two points stated, I have to say, the Gigabeat is a really nice little player, poised to compete with the iPod. Given the same list price as the 60GB iPod, the gigabeat aims to provide more value for the money, but I believe it misses with the compromises that have been made. It includes a built-in FM tuner, AC adapter, and the ability to transfer pictures off your digital camera, straight out of the box. For the iPod, these are all accessories that must be purcahsed separately. Usability is where the compromises are made...the device itself is a dream to use - very easy to figure out (my wife even agrees that its easier to find songs on the gigabeat than on her iPod), a nice size, and excellent sound quality...but getting your media onto the gigabeat can be challenging and frustrating. While the iPod works seamlessly with iTunes, the gigabeat was designed around Windows Media Player, which is able to sync to a variety of devices. I have been using Windows Media Player 11 Beta, which the gigabeat was designed to integrate with (but it will work with WMP10), I have had a very difficult time getting the music and video and pictures on my computer to transfer smoothly...WMP11 and the gigabeat have a propensity for crashing each other. Hopefully, that will be straightened out over time, as WMP11 approaches full release by the end of this year...but Im not holding my breat

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Features

Storage Device: The Toshiba gigabeat MES60VK includes a built-in 60GB HDD (hard disk drive), capable of storing approximately 996 hours of music (at 128 kbps), or about 14,940 four-minute songs. Up to approximately 255 hours of video data can be stored (at 500 kbps). The unit can also be used to store JPEG digital photos for viewing on the full color LCD screen.

Display: The gigabeat features a 2.4" QVGA low temperature polysilicon TFT color display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The display's backlight can be set to different durations: 1 second, 5 seconds, 15 seconds, 1 minute, or always on. The brightness of the display can be set between 1 (dim) and 5 (bright).

Compatible Formats: This unit can store and playback MP3, WMA, and WAV music files. It can also store and display JPEG digital image files. The specifications for the formats are as follows:

  • MP3:
    • Sampling Frequency:
      • Stereo: 8, 16, 22.05, 44.1, 48 kHz
      • Mono: 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1 kHz
    • Bit Rate:
      • Stereo: 32 to 320 kbps
      • Mono: 16 to 64 kbps
  • WMA:
    • Sampling Frequency:
      • Stereo: 8, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
      • Mono: 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1 kHz
      • Voice: 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1 kHz
    • Bit Rate:
      • Stereo: CBR 32 to 320 kbps, VBR 32 to 355 kbps
      • Mono: CBR 5 to 48 kbps
      • Voice: 4 to 20 kbps
  • WMA 9 Lossless: Sampling Frequency: 8, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
  • WAV:
    • Sampling Frequency: 8, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    • Bit Rate: Uncompressed
  • JPEG: Maximum Resolution: 9000 x 6000

PlaysForSure: This unit is compatible with PlaysForSure, which ensures the unit will work with WMA music subscription services such as Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music, and AOL MusicNow.

Operating System: The gigabeat MES60VK is equipped with built-in Windows Mobile Software for Portable Media Centers, which allows you to download music, video, or pictures to enjoy on the portable media player or a TV.

Plus Touch Control: The Plus Touch control on the front panel lets you scroll through your music or photo collections quickly and easily, raise and lower the volume, and navigate through the menu options. It has a 5-way control: up, down, left, right, and the center "OK" button performs the highlighted function.

Side Mounted Controls: Power and playback controls are located on the right side of the unit. The controls include: Power, Volume +/-, Skip Up/Dn, and Play/Pause.

USB Transfer Rates: The player's Mini USB 2.0 port (on the bottom of the unit) is used for data downloading directly from a digital camera or PC. It is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. Note: Your PC or digital camera must be equipped with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port in order to transfer tracks at the higher rate.

Rechargeable Battery: The unit contains a built-in Lithium Ion rechargeable battery with the capacity for approximately 12 hours of continuous audio playback or up to 2.5 hours of video playback. The battery can be charged by plugging the AC adapter directly into the unit (power jack on the right side panel), or while the unit is connected to a PC via the USB cable, if the PC's USB connection supports charging. The unit recharges in approximately 3 hours, and can be recharged approximately 500 times.

Earbud Headphones: The gigabeat MES60VK comes with a pair of in-the-ear, earbud-style headphones. The headphones include a 38" cord extending from the plug to the left earbud. The cord to the right earbud is 49" long. This design allows the cord to hang from the user's left side instead of the center.

Music File Organization: Music files are organized by artists, playlists, songs, genres, and albums. You can select a desired track, album, genre, or artist to be added to a "quick list". Tracks can be rated during playback with one through five stars. You can also display elapsed or remaining track time.

Equalizer Mode: You can choose from several equalizer presets to make the music sound the way you want. You can select from the following EQ modes: acoustic, classical, electronic, hip hop, jazz, pop, and rock.

Harmonics: You can compensate the high-frequency sound data of 16kHz or more that has been cut due to the compression from a music CD to a WMA or MP3 file. This technology is co-developed by Toshiba and the Kyushu Institute of Technology Center for Human Quality of Life Through IT.

Reserving Space: You can reserve a free portion of the hard drive for downloading pictures directly from a digital camera. You can select 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, or 2GB.

Changing the orientation of the Display: You can change to orientation of the display for viewing from portrait to landscape.

Viewing Image Files: Digital image files can be organized by date or folder. You can select a single image to view from a page of up to 35 thumbnail views. Images can be viewed in a slide show fashion with a selectable interval of 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, or 30 seconds. If desired, the images can be viewed in order, or shuffled, and can be enlarged with the zoom function. Images can be viewed in a portrait or landscape configuration.

Downloading Video Files: Videos can be downloaded into the media player via USB. If you have a Windows Media Edition PC, you can transfer TV shows that were recorded onto your PC. You can also download programs recorded onto a TiVo Series2 DVR when it is connected into your home network. You can also download video from StarZ Vongo by connecting to Vongo. Note: Only programs that were recorded or transferred using Windows XP Media Center, edition 2005 or later, will be registered in the "my TV" folder. All other videos will appear in the "my video" folder.

Viewing Video Files: Stored videos are sorted by date, source, or name. If you stop watching a video in the middle, you can either resume watching later where you left off, or restart from the beginning. Videos can be viewed in a portrait or landscape configuration.

Viewing On A TV: The headphone output on the top of the unit doubles as an A/V output, allowing you to connect it to a TV with the supplied A/V cable. The video output can be set to the NTSC or PAL system. When a video is played on the TV screen, nothing appears on the screen of the gigabeat MES60VK.

FM Radio: The gigabeat MES60VK has a built-in FM tuner so you can listen to your favorite stations. You can manually or automatically store up to 60 stations (2 groups/30 stations per group) into preset memory for quick tuning. You can set the tuner to the area you're in, including North America, Latin America, Australia, Europe, Japan, or "other countries." The FM sensitivity can be set to low, medium, or high.

My Settings Folder: Allows you to change the settings for the following:

  • Music (shuffle, repeat, equalizer, display time)
  • Pictures (transitions, shuffle, display)
  • Video (display)
  • Display (backlight, brightness, TV out, TV system)       
  • Effects (screen effects, sounds, scrolling speed)
  • International (language, standards)
  • Reserve space (none, 256MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB)
  • Restoring original settings
  • Information (portable media center, contents, legal)
  • Harmonics (on,off)

Note: You can set the display viewing parameters (landscape, portrait) independently for video and pictures.

Supplied Software

Windows Media Player 10: The supplied S-Series gigabeat CD-ROM contains Windows Media Player 10 to allow you to rip CDs and create MP3 or WMA files. These files can then be transferred to your digital media player. Album art can also be imported to your PC and then transferred into the gigabeat MES60VK.  Note: Owner's Manual is found on the CD-ROM as a PDF file

System Requirements: The minimum system requirements for Windows Media Player 10 are as follows:

  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Professional Edition, or Media Center Edition (Windows XP Service Pack 2 recommended)
  • CPU: 300MHz or faster (1.5 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Memory: 128MB or more (512 MB is recommended)
  • Available Hard Disk Space: 100 MB or more
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 Full Speed (1.1)/USB 2.0 Hi Speed recommended
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • Windows Media Player 10: If not installed on the PC, it can be downloaded from the supplied CD-ROM.

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