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Kingston K-PEX 100 Portable Media Player

We hate to admit it, but we sometimes judge a book by its cover. Kingston’s K-PEX 100 is a case in point—this flash media player sat in the Lab unopened and unloved for weeks.

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TrekStor Vibez 8GB MP3 Player

TrekStor’s Vibez media player has several innovative features we really dig; unfortunately, these innovations are undone by a few less desirable traits.

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Microsoft Zune

If you still want to buy a Zune after reading our review, you’d better not count on filling it with music from Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace.

Samsung YP-K5 MP3 Player

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Sandisk Sansa E260

The Sansa e260 has several features we’d love to see in other media players, including a microSD card slot; unfortunately, it’s also saddled with a killer design flaw.

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iRiver Clix

We hereby decree that every new media player should henceforth be equipped with an instant-on feature, like that of iRiver’s Clix. You push the power button and—bam!—the Clix is up and running.

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Creative Zen V Plus 1GB

We've seen Lilliputian MP3 players before, but Creative has taken the concept a step further with the Zen V Plus: This change-purse-size device boasts a vivid 1.5-inch OLED screen for viewing photos and videos.

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Creative Zen Vision: M

You know a device has a great user interface when someone utterly unfamiliar with it accomplishes a task within 10 seconds of picking it up. Apple’s iPods pass this test with aplomb; Creative’s Zen Vision: M utterly fails it. It’s a significant flaw in an otherwise terrific media player.

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Neuros MPEG-4 Video Recorder 2

Screw the man in your own special, consumer-y way with an MPEG-4 video recording device that puts DVD's to shame.

Xitel HiFi Link for iPod

Turn your awkward social gathering you call a 'party' into a world of aural pleasure, using your iPod and this docking station.