There was also some movement in the personal audio space, with the HDD-84 announced. This is a small and light hard disk based digital audio player, but bizarrely despite a projected release date of mid-2005, it only has a 3GB capacity. When I questioned Philips about this I was told that 3GB was the size of drive that it could currently secure, but that a higher capacity unit will be used if one becomes available before launch â€“ I guess Creative has nabbed all the 5GB drives for the excellent Zen Micro.
Finally Philips showed off the PSS 110 â€“ a very compact personal sound system. This tiny little unit will playback digital audio and has a built-in FM radio and alarm clock. Philips said that the sound output was impressive considering its size, but the device wasnâ€™t switched on so I canâ€™t say for sure.
Although the PSS 110 definitely looks good, and has a great feature set, especially for the regular traveller, the meagre 256MB of memory ruins the whole package. With flash memory as cheap as it is, I would have liked to see at least double the amount of memory in a device like this.