It’s ridiculously easy to get a TiVo communicating over a customer’s network and transferring content to his PC. It’s even fairly easy to edit out commercials and save programming—uninterrupted—for viewing later. But it isn’t always convenient to sit down at a PC or even at the television where they were first recorded to watch those files. That’s where IOGEAR’s Portable Media Player steps in to help.
The compact player is just slightly larger than a notebook hard drive, which is exactly what’s housed inside. Featuring 120GB of capacity, IOGEAR claims enough room for 50 hours of DVD-quality video or 30,000 MP3s. Hooking everything up is easy enough. USB 2.0 provides a 480 Mb/s link between the Portable Media Player and your customer’s PC, while RCA stereo connectors, plus an analog component output, connect the player to almost any TV.
IOGEAR is specific about the GMD2025U120 being intended for standard-definition content. And it’ll only output at resolutions up to 720p on an HDTV. However, it’ll also upscale SD content so that programming looks better on a higher-res display. Format support includes MPEG-1, MPEG-2, XviD, DivX, MP3, WAV, and JPEG, meaning you can watch videos, listen to music, or look at pictures with the player.
Controlling the device is easy, too. An included remote controls every aspect of its output, from volume to angle to zoom. The hardware also comes bundled with a DC adapter and a protective carrying case to protect the package in transit.