A quick visit to Toshiba’s dedicated Gigabeat website reveals an enticing, clickable “V Series Portable Video Player Pre-Order Today!” graphic in the bottom right corner. It seems the company has been working in stealth mode recently, as there really weren’t any indications that the Japan-only V30T PVP would cross the Pacific so soon.
But here it is (sans TV tuner). Now available for pre-order at Amazon and Crutchfield for $399, the all-American 30GB Gigabeat MEV30K features a backlit 3.5-inch QVGA TFT (65K colors, 320 x 240), TV-out capabilities, integrated speaker, and rechargeable li-ion battery that boasts 8 hours of video and 30 hours of audio (MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, Windows DRM 9/10, WAV) playback. It runs on Microsoft’s Portable Media Center software (version 2) and is thus compatible with Vongo and Windows Media Player 10 video download services such as Napster and Rhapsody.
The MEV30K is available in piano black, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a snow white version popped up eventually.