updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed August 2, 2006
Kingston takes on Apple
Kingston Technology today entered the personal media player market as it unveiled the K-PEX 100 personal media player that offers support for audio, video, photo viewing, multi-region FM radio, and video games. The new players stand to compete with Apple's video-capable fifth-generation iPod, which also plays audio and video but cannot play video games or FM radio. The new Kingston player features 1GB and 2GB capacities with a miniSD slot for easy transfer of video, music, and photos from digital cameras and other peripherals. The device ships with a USB 2.0 cable, USB host cable, line-in cable, earphones, a transcoder software CD, a protective cover, a lanyard, a user manual, and a quick-start guide for $130 (1GB) or $180 (2GB).
The new player boasts a super-slim, lightweight design with a high resolution 2-inch color LCD. Measuring 3.7 x 1.8 x .57-inches and weighing 2.2 ounces, the new K-PEX Personal Media Player supports MP3, WMA, OGG and WAV audio; MPEG 1&2, AVI, WMV and ASF video, JPEG image formats, and TXT documents.
Kingston has also announced that it will ship the first 4,000 2GB players with a free miniSD card.
"K-PEX allows us to leverage our reputation in the memory business while maximizing established relationships with NAND suppliers which ultimately results in a high quality, multi-functional multimedia player for consumers," said Jean Wong, Flash product manager, Kingston. "By adding an expandable card slot to the K-PEX, we offer today's consumer a high quality product with the flexibility to expand media libraries at an affordable price."