MPIO HD200 about to hit the streets


In obvious homage to the founding father of its primary competitor (the iPod mini, naturally), the $355 5GB MPIO HD200 is far less graceful than its Apple counterpart, in addition to being slightly heavier and larger, at 2.4 x 3.3 x 0.75-inches. But to its credit, it does play MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG, has an FM radio, and a decent 14 hours of battery life (an improvement over the mini's 8). Will we buy one once they're off pre-order? Probably not, but it's nice to know we have choices between dozens of inferior products and a shining one or two good ones.