Maybe it isn’t a piece of amazing design work, but it is certainly a great deal. The ZVUE 250 personal media player is priced at $99.95. That’s under a hundred dollars! If you were to just read the features you’d think that it would be at least $200. It has a 2.5-inch active matrix backlit screen; it plays WMA, WMV, MP3, OGG, MP2, AVI, Xvid, MPEG4, ASF, JPG, and BMP file formats; and it measures 4.33”x2.91”x .8”.That’s right, it supports five different video formats that playback at up to 30 fps. It is compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and works with DRMed WMAs and WMVs. The main drawbacks of this product are that it doesn’t come with any internal storage, everything is done via its SD card slot (it does come with a starter 128MB card). The battery life also suffers due to its budget design. The battery only lasts up to six hours on a single charge. If someone on your Christmas list wants an MP3 player and you don’t feel like dishing out for an iPod, this is definitely your PMP on a budget.
— Nik Gomez
ZVUE 250 PMP for under $100 [via Gadgetell]