The PSS110 is optimistically described as a portable MP3 player and the PSS part of its name stands for 'personal sound system', but this is not pocket-sized by any stretch of the imagination.
An iPod killer it ain't.

And if you take into account the PSS110's not inconsiderable cubic volume, you might wonder why Philips has decided to furnish it with only 256MB of flash memory. Even with the two 2W speakers, surely there's room to fit in more than this - 5GB would be great. It would bring the price up but would save you from having to constantly update your playlists.

Another annoyance, albeit a minor one, is the manual. There's no hard copy, just a 35-page PDF on the installation CD, and Philips has neglected to put any bookmarks on it. This means it can't be navigated quickly or easily - you'll need to scroll through until you find what you're looking for. It's worth spending a few minutes printing it out.

But there's plenty to like about the PSS110. For a start, it looks great and wouldn't be out of place in any room of the house. Second, and perhaps most importantly, the sound quality is absolutely astonishing for a player of this size. This is partly down to the rubber feet that ensure the main body isn't in contact with the surface it is sitting on, so there's no vibration.

There's a socket for a pair of earphones, but none are provided.

PSS110: Specs

  • 2x 2W speakers (RMS)
  • 256MB flash memory
  • rechargeable lithium battery
  • 10 hours? playback
  • USB connection
  • LCD display
  • FM tuner
  • Musicmatch Jukebox 9.0 software
  • supports MP3 and WMA files
  • 58x53x182mm
  • 350g
  • 2x 2W speakers (RMS)
  • 256MB flash memory
  • rechargeable lithium battery
  • 10 hours? playback
  • USB connection
  • LCD display
  • FM tuner
  • Musicmatch Jukebox 9.0 software
  • supports MP3 and WMA files
  • 58x53x182mm
  • 350g

OUR VERDICT

The Philips PSS110, with its decent display and FM radio tuner, would make a good alarm clock. It's simple to use - although we'd prefer it to use the drag-and-drop principle rather than the limited Musicmatch Jukebox software - and thoughtfully designed. It's just a shame it doesn't have a lot more memory.

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