Philips' original 20GB music player, launched in 2003, really caught our imagination. Its sleek lines and distinct black casing made it stand out from the iPod crowd with a fashion statement all its own.

This 30GB player is every bit as striking, with a black fascia reminiscent of Olympus' m:robe and a brushed-aluminium back. There's a volume control on the right and minimalist on, off and hold keys on the left.

In use, Philips has applied its 'just works' mentality to perfection: we found installation completely headache-free. A full charge takes just four hours because you attach the player to an external power supply as well as to your PC. After that, the setup wizard updates your copy of Windows Media Player to version 10.0 and quickly completes the rest of the install. We didn't even need a restart before we began dragging tracks to the Sync list.

As well as the progress bar on the WMP Sync list, a screen comes up confirming what's being transferred and informing you when the process is complete. It takes seconds for an album to load on to the GoGear.

Philips has included some great playback options – you can select an equaliser effect to suit your chosen genre, while the highly efficient touch-sensitive SuperScroll makes track finding a doddle. Even the earbud headphones are decent.

Adding Jpeg images is almost as easy as transferring music, calling for nothing more taxing than a spot of dragging and dropping. The HDD6320 displays superb colour and fine detail. Album art is imported along with the rest of your music collection and displayed alongside the track and artist details.

Philips GoGear HDD6320: Specs

  • 30GB MP3 and WMA digital audio player
  • 2in 65K backlit colour screen, SRS WOW bass, five-band EQ presets, ID3 tag support, WMA bitrates 32-192K
  • line-in WAV recording at 64-196K
  • li-ion battery
  • AC adapter/charger
  • USB 2.0
  • 15-hour playback
  • 64x17x104mm
  • 150g
  • 30GB MP3 and WMA digital audio player
  • 2in 65K backlit colour screen, SRS WOW bass, five-band EQ presets, ID3 tag support, WMA bitrates 32-192K
  • line-in WAV recording at 64-196K
  • li-ion battery
  • AC adapter/charger
  • USB 2.0
  • 15-hour playback
  • 64x17x104mm
  • 150g

OUR VERDICT

A triumph of style and simplicity. The only criticism we have of the gorgeous GoGear HDD6320 is that we'd have liked a marginally larger display to enjoy our photos as well as our music.

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