Based on a USB 1.1 flash memory drive, Gateway's Digital Music Player (DMP300) is extremely simple to use because it plugs directly into your PC's USB port and needs no drivers for Windows Me, 2000, or XP. (You will need the drivers on the included CD-ROM for Windows 98 SE, however.) The blue-backlit player is priced at $170 for 256MB of capacity; Gateway sells a 128MB model for $40 less. When the player isn't connected to your PC, it draws power from a single AAA battery, included in the box. The 256MB model I reviewed supports MP3, WMA, and .wav formats. In tests, MP3s sounded great through the included headphones. In addition to playing music, Gateway's player stores data and records voice memos; in my evaluation voice recordings sounded somewhat crackly.
The player's small size is both a strength and a weakness. It's so small that you can tuck the device into your pocket unnoticed or wear it around your neck using the included strap. But because the type on the player's screen is so little, some of the menu options prove difficult to read.
Want to personalize the player? Use the included Logo Editor program to crop a picture and place it as a background on the player's LCD.
If size is your most important consideration, Gateway's little Digital Music Player will fit your needs. The low price and simplicity of installation are nice, too.
This story, "Gateway 256MB Digital Music Player" was originally published by PCWorld.