The MSI stand was a treasure trove of new products, although I had to work my way past the crowd of avid convention goers taking pictures of the “nVidia dancers”.

Top of my MSI wish list is the Mega View 561 portable media player. Now I’ve seen several of these portable media players over the past few months, but this is definitely the best of the bunch.

Not only is the Mega View 561 slim and stylish, but it actually works. I played with it for quite a while watching video clips and listening to mp3 tracks. The Mega View 561 supports MPEG4, DiVX 3,4 and 5, motion jpeg and WMV9 video formats. While for sound it will handle mp3, WAV, WMA, among others, and for still images there’s support for jpeg, gif, tiff and bmp formats. There’s also a built-in FM radio tuner.

The Mega View 561 uses a 1.8in, 20GB hard disk to store all of its content and data is transferred to this via a mini-USB 2.0 connector. MSI hinted that this little pocket wonder should be available in the next couple of months both in MSI clothing and third party branded.

Sticking with the media theme, the Mega Player 518 also caught my eye. This little hard disk based music player comes in capacities of 1.5, 2 and 4GB. The Mega Player 518 will playback mp3 and WMA, while it will also record in WAV format. There’s a built-in FM radio tuner and you can record directly from this. Adding to the cutting edge feel is the 128 x 64 pixel OLED display.

Music is transferred to the device via the USB 2.0 interface and MSI quotes around 12 hours of playback time. There’s also an SD/MMC card slot, which can be used to transfer music to the hard disk. The Mega Player 518 looks good and is far smaller than other 4GB devices like the Creative MuVo2.

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