Machspeed Trio TV5

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Machspeed Trio TV5
Conclusion
March 31, 2007
Trio TV5: Introduction Trio TV5: What's In The Box / A Closer Look Trio TV5: Installation
Trio TV5: Specifications Trio TV5: Conclusion


Machspeed Trio TV5
Features: Image viewer, audio recorder, MP3 player, AV IN & OUT, 5MP digital camera, and more
Weight: g (2 lbs 1.5 oz)
Warranty: 1 year
Official Website: Machspeed.com
MSRP: $119.99 | Click For Best Price
Pros
  • Record voice or music via buit-in mic or Line-In jack
  • Robust internal memory size of 512MB
  • Long-life Li-Ion
  • Large 2.5" LCD display
  • Plays MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF, and WAV formats
  • Built-in 5MP camera
  • The little speaker on the back of the TV5 puts out amazingly loud and volumous sound
  • SD media card expansion slot
  • Inexpensive considering the features
Cons
  • 7-19-2005 is the last date of the SunPlus application, which apparently has no more support
  • Inferior audio/video conversion interface
  • SD media card expansion slot is only protected by a rubber flap--no locking mechanism
Observations
  • AC Charger/Adapter and TV5 felt rather light in the hands
Suggestions
  • In-house software engineers
The Trio TV5 is a very affordable all-in-one media device which can take care of most of your audio and video needs. Machspeed includes all the cables necessary to get yourself up and running which is certainly appreciated by yours truly.

The Trio TV5 is very light when picking it up and using it. It's the same size as a compact camera, but I suspect the reason for the device's light weight, is the fact it is NOT a compact camera, but merely supports a digital camera on it. The camera is limited but works. Combined with all the other features on the TV5, having a camera is a nice bonus.

Now let's talk about the included software app, shall we. If you don't need to convert your files to specific quality levels, then the included PMP Transcoding Tool will suffice. However, I must say, I've reviewed a few products which involve multimedia applications, and I am consistently finding poorly made software to handle the product. While the product is fine, the software seems to bring it down. Companies who make these innovative products need to realize that a robust software application to take advantage of their products' features, is essential to a successful product and future product offering.

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At a price point of just over $100 on the street, the Trio TV5 is a portable multimedia device which does not have to break the bank of the consumer. Offering audio and video recording capabilities and a decent (although limited) graphical user interface, the Trio TV5 system provides just about everything you'll need to get a hold of your multimedia lifestyle.


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