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Philips PSS110

£90 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Philips

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

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.

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.

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Philips PSS 110 reviews verified by Reevoo

Philips PSS 110Scores 9.3 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
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
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

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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