Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Official Site http://www.maxian.com/eng/
Reviewed by K.C. Kim
Review unit provided by latteglobal.com
30 GB (1.8 inch HDD)
4.3 inch WQVGA(480 x 272) TFT LCD,
16,700,000 color (24bits) / 390,000 pixel
AVI, MPG, ASF, WMV, DAT, VOB
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX3.1/4.xx/5.xx, XviD,
ISO MPEG-4 SP, WMV9 (640 x 282), H.264 (CIF)
MP3, AC3, WMA, BSAC, AAC+
720 x 480 maximum (WMV9 : 640 X 282, 500Kbps)
30 fps maximum
MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG
8~320Kbps CBR & VBR / Q0~Q10(OGG bitrate)
ID3v1, ID3v2 2.0, ID3v2 3.0
TXT + MP3
640 x 480 (VGA)
Earphone jack, Composite AV IN and AV OUT
Built-in Microphone, Built-in Stereo Speaker
Video output in PAL(EU) or NTSC(US) standard
Removable Lithium-Polymer battery pack, External AC charger/adapter
USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbps maximum)
USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbps maximum)
168.9 (W) x 79 (L) x 17(D) mm
Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000 or XP / LINUX, MAC OS 9.X, 10.X (Windows 98 SE requires downloadable driver)
Intro - Ever since I first heard about the Maxian M800. I put this PMP on the top of the list for must haves. Unfortunately the player was unavailable at the time and very scarce even through gray market importers. The player retails for around 400,000 Korean Won, or about $416. But is sold at higher price at many other countries upward of $500-$700. And is worth every penny of that amount.
I had all but given up on getting the Maxian M800 until I found one company Latte Communications, Inc. who at some point in the future will launch the product in the U.S. I managed to get a review unit and here I will review the Korean PMP player “Maxian M800 30GB Black”
In the box – Maxian M800, leather case, AC Adapter, Manual, wriststrap, a/v cables, remote w/ batteries, manual, usb host cable, usb cable, and earphones. Pretty much Maxian threw everything you need into the box. This is great as buying accessories separately can cost quite a lot of money. The leather case is quite nice and better than the average one that comes with other pmp’s.
Design – Maxian M800 may in fact be the best-looking PMP I have seen. With a huge 4.3-inch 480x272 LCD made by Sharp, slim 17mm form factor, and metal etched d-pad and buttons. The design bares a resemblance to a PSP crossed with a Razr keypad.
Functions – Maxian M800 can play videos, music, view pictures, read text, voice and video record. Something’s missing were lack of fm radio and no games even though the layout would be perfect for this function.
Firmware – Firmware is upgradeable and updates can be found at Maxian’s official site http://www.maxian.com/eng/cs_center/cs_pds_list.asp
GUI – Navigation is very simple with the D-Pad and large icons that anyone can see. The interface is nice and bright.
Movie – The Maxian M800 can play quite a few different formats out of the box such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX3.1/4.xx/5.xx, XviD,
ISO MPEG-4 SP, WMV9 (640 x 282), H.264 (CIF). In testing 5 out the 6 files playback without a hitch. One AVI for whatever reason would not play. Converting the file using PocketDivx did the trick. Overall a good experience with the large screen, built in speakers, and smooth playback.
Music – Music was quite good especially with its Burr Brown High-End Audio codec.
Pictures – Pictures viewing was excellent with the Maxian M800. You can enlarge the image to fit the full screen, view images in a sideshow, and zoom in on an image 1x, 2x , and 4x.
Text – With the large 4.3” display and the d-pad for scrolling. The Maxian M800 becomes a nice ebook reader on the go. I downloaded Frankenstein by Mary Shelley off Project Gutenberg and text size was good and quite readable.
Additional features - Voice Recording, Video Recording, Audio Recording, TV out.
Games – For a PMP that would be excellent for gaming the M800 lacks any games at all.
Maxian M800 vs PSP
Maxian M800 vs Cowon A2
Maxian M800 vs Clix2
Conclusion - Maxian M800 is one of the best PMPs on the market. The design, style, slim form factor, and numerous features put this in elite group of dedicated video players.
Great sound quality
Stylish and thin
Large beautiful widescreen display
Built in speakers
Lots of features
Nice included leather case
Sharp screen had two lit pixels(Similar issues to PSP screens)
Not all videos played without conversion
9.2 out of 10
Currently this product is not available in the U.S. Latte Global http://latteglobal.com/ may launch this product in the future in U.S. But no given date is stated. Will post here if I get any new info about availability.