Clunky, chunky Portable Media Center devices are not very useful

“The Portable Media Center — a new, Microsoft-conceived handheld device that presents video and photos as well as music — would be a decent idea if there weren’t such a thing as lampposts. Or street signs. Or trees. Or other cars. All those obstacles explain why no sane person tries to walk, run or drive while watching video, even as millions do partake in those activities with music playing,’ Rob Pegoraro reports for The Washington Post.

“A Portable Media Center’s ability to display photos and play back recorded TV programs, digital video clips and downloaded movies is supposed to set it ahead of mere digital-music players, but there just aren’t that many places where you can make use of it. Everywhere else, a Portable Media Center turns into the world’s heaviest, biggest, costliest MP3 player,’ Pegoraro reports. “It’s just too big to run with or even to stash in a pocket. Every time I took it on my commute, I spotted other passengers listening to their iPods and couldn’t help imagining what they’d think of anybody lugging around such a chunky gadget: ‘loser.'”

Full article here.


  1. Well, this is to be expected when Bill tries to do “the vision thing.” I think this whole media center debacle, which by the way will be highly entertaining to watch implode, perfectly exemplifies what Microsoft is all about. They’re a marketing company that happens to make software. When they actually try to pretend it’s the other way around, sh*t comes out.

  2. Last Post!! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    But on a serious note, this thing was doomed from the start. Nice comment Ed “Shit comes out”, ya and you can’t even wipe your but with the damn thing!

  3. I like the idea of video on the go….I travel alot and could make use of such a device…

    This was a very closed minded article…

    Typical of this site…Is this Microsoft daily news or MAC Daily news…?

  4. What would you expect from the makers of Internet Explorer, XP-only Service Packs, non-64-bit OS designs, and vaporware with less and less features (i.e Longhorn)?

    Microsoft’s vision looks more like a nightmare.

  5. Ahh, the perfect accessory for the Gateway Profile 5.5.

    By the way, Gateway’s Profile 5.5 numerical suffix was chosen in honor of the 5 and 1/2 inch floppy drive. Rather sentimental of the Gateway folks, don�t you say?

  6. When they come up with an encoding so you can download a full length movie off the net in half an hour then it would be cool to have an ipod with a video out feature so you can hook it up to watch on a TV, small screen you hook up to it, or maybe even goggles that you can wear which show as a full screen. You could then just play it when you want and would not have the bulk associated with the POS media center. If it becomes so it makes sense to do it I am sure Apple will lead the way.

  7. Anyone know what the battery life of this ‘offspring from an M$ bastard child’ is?

    1 hour… 2 hours…?

    If you watch video on it it bet it wont be longer than 2 hours – as the screen would have to be backlit permanently to see the video!

  8. Portable Media Center: Technology with a thousand and one uses!

    Use #5. Chock for yer car when you hafta change a tire.

    Use #23. High-tech paperweight.

    Use #107. Wireless feature announces when Paul Thurrott’s video stream for the “new” Longhorn release is available.

    Use #241. Nightlight and lullaby player fer yer little baby. Let Bill Gates nightly plant the seeds of MS dominion in the mind of yer innocent child.

    Use 425: Back up yer �old� Windows OS before you install the next Service Pack.

    Use 760. Link yer family�s PMC�s together to make yer own exclusive �home version� of a Microsoft supercluster-supercomputer.

    Use 828: Run Windows externally after the latest virus has just trashed yer internal hard drive. (Only for Windows XP users with pre-paid subscription services.)

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