Sony Launches First HD Video Walkman

Takes styling advice from Volvo.

Sony has proved two interesting points this week: 1. That is ”can” make a world first and 2. That is ”can” make ugly products.

The ‘GV-HD700E HD Walkman’ wonderfully encapsulates both these ‘accomplishments’ being the company’s first Walkman branded product capable of playing back High Definition video content and also showing styling of a standard not seen since the 1980s.

Still, the HD700E clearly has the professional rather than the casual consumer in mind since it uses HDV/miniDV tapes as its source and is capable of recording HDV1080i/DV signals in xvYYC colour (or ‘x.v.Color’ (sic) system – as Sony calls it) from an external source. A 7in (800 x 480) display is provided for reference and i.LINK, HDMI, component, S-video, USB and microphone ports all make an appearance while there’s also a Memory Stick slot for tape-to-flash conversion.

Now I have my doubts about whether there is much point to watching HD on a 7in display of such low resolution, but with playback most likely to be done once hooked up/transferred to a larger screen this is probably a moot point.

If the HD700E tickles your fancy (in which case, very strange fancies you have) then look for it in September for an as yet unknown price. The rest of us will bravely wait it out for something which doesn’t burn the backs of our eyes.

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