By Richard Menta 8/27/06
The smaller sibling to the Acer MP-500, the MP-340 sports a more modest 1.8-inch, 160 x 128 TFT display that as the graphic shows still has that tilt feature for horizontal or vertical viewing. Shipping this fall, the Acer MP-340 handles the usual MP3/ WMA pairing (including the now fading PlaysForSure WMA) and JPEG playback. The Acer also handles H.264 video for you YouTube fans, but not AVI or any of the DRM-laden video codecs.
On the plus side the Acer MP-340 adds an SD slot for easy file tranfers and swapping from other players and twin headphone jacks. A 20GB hard drive handles overall storage and a voice recorder is included in the mix. The unit's shell measures in at 3.7" x 2.5" x 0.8" and 5.2 oz, which puts it just slightly bigger than the full sized iPod's 4.1" x 2.4" x 0.43" and 4.8 ounces. Of course, the iPod has a larger 2.5" screen and wider video codec support. Acer claims that the MP-340 will get about 10 hours of playback per charge.
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