First it was three and four and now, it is five. We are talking of MP5 Players, which is the current consumer electronic rage among the masses. What exactly are MP5 players and how do they differ from the still-popular MP3 and MP4 players? What are the top MP5 players available in the market? Read on for more….
What are MP5 players?
By now, most of you would be aware that a standard MP3 player is essentially a flash-based device, which plays MP3 audio files. These audio files are compressed in size, but manage to retain good quality sound, which is the reason for their popularity. MP4, on the other hand, is and MP3 video player, which supports MPEG4 video with supported formats such as *.mtv.
MP5 players are different from both MP3 and MP4, in that, these PMPs or Portable Media Players can play MP3 audio files, run video files on their LCD screens and also take pictures and record video as well. Most MP5 players manufactured in China support almost all the most popular video formats, such as AVI, ASF, DivX, 3GP, MP3, RM, RMVB, FLAC, WMA and more, giving amazingly clear picture quality.
MP5 players are given that name because they have “evolved” from the same line of MP4/MTV players. The best thing about these devices is that they use the latest RONBEN technology, which gives a user the no-conversion facility, which is a truly big step for such tiny players. There are four China OEM MP5 players using this technology – MP4300, MP3001, MP3002 and MP2802.
Top MP5 players for the year 2010
- BENSS BX-82
The Chinese company, BENSS, has come out with BX-82, an MP5 player that includes an MP4 device plus an electronic reader. Other features of the BENSS BX-82 include 4.3” TFT LCD screen, 4GB internal memory and, of course, PDF format support. The company claims that this $45 device is capable of streaming video in several formats such as RM, RMVB, PMP, AVI, MKV and more. We do not yet know, however, if it has an HDMI output.
- Onda TV-Out MP5 Player
The latest Onda MP5 player comes with amazing features, such as large TFT screen, up to 720P 10MBPS hi-def, support for eBook format, entertaining hours of gameplay, internal storage of up to 8GB of memory, dual built-in stereo with external speakers, built-in mic for long voice recording, FM Radio with up to 40 stations and most importantly, RMVB support for the TV-Out function.
Thanks to the huge internal storage, users can download movies and link the device with their TV set, so as to enjoy many types of video programs. Additionally, this MP5 player also comes with unlimited software updates.
- The JXD1000 MP5 player
The other most popular MP5 player is the JXD1000, launched by ePathChina. This device combines a palm game and an HD player. This stylish and chic device comes in many attractive color choices.
Offering a 4.3” display, this China MP5 player comes with amazing games such as metal slug, Spider Man and so on. Diehard gamers can also download unlimited games online. The JXD1000 additionally offers an RMVB video player, 5MP camera with photo and video recording and support for various video formats like AVI, RM, MPEG and so on. The TV-Out support and video –out features come in very handy as well.
Check out a video demo of yet another popular MP5 player, the Onda VX767 and give us your feedback.