PMP Game King II
I’m a total sucker for cheap electronic gadgets. For Valentine’s day, instead of getting an iPod Nano, I bought my wife a Seal SV-1620 “MP4″ player from Geeks.com. It’s a cheap knock-off from China, but it still works, it plays movies and text files, doesn’t require special software, and was way cheaper. The downside is that it seems very fragile, and the firmware is total crap, and you can completely forget about support. However, my wife was 100% pleased with it then and now.
I bring this up because I think I’m about to get suckered into more cheap Chinese junk again.
The Game King-II is a portable media player that I found while looking around at Geeks.com again. Here are the rather impressive claims for this gadget:
- 1 gig internal storage
- SD card slot supporting up to 2 gig
- Can play MP3s
- Can play AVIs (it’s probably AMV or similar format with conversion software, not actually AVI)
- Can view pictures (JPEG, BMP, GIF)
- Can view “eBooks” (plain text files)
- Has a microphone for recording WAV files
- Has a built-in camera
- Has a built-in NES and Gameboy emulator
- Is only $69.95.
I was on the verge of buying a Sprint PPC 6700 phone that would do much of this stuff (plus Windows Mobile apps, a keyboard, and cell phone calls) for around $200-$300. Now, I’m pondering whether I should just keep my cheap “free” Sprint phone and buy this gadget instead. Whadya think?
If you scoff at the tiny amount of storage it has availble, don’t. While I could always use more, 3gig is enough for me to function and enjoy. And while I already have a 2gig SD card I could use, buying another one from Geeks.com would set me back all of $18. I could easily fit *every* NES game and probably a large chunk of Gameboy games on one SD card as well. My entire MP3 library could fit on one SD card, and if it does use AMV, I could probably fit Season 4 of Lost on one SD card.