CES 2013: HP Unveils Pocket Playlist Mobile Surprise (Portable Media Player & DVR)
Hewlett-Packard (HP) prepared for this year's International CES with a strong range of products, but its Pocket Playlist media storage device was perhaps the most surprising revelation.
Wi-Fi storage devices may not be hard to come by, but one thing makes HP's offering stand out - it can collect Web video. The HP Pocket Playlist can connect with up to five devices wirelessly, and can store 16 full-length movies, 10,000 photos, or 7,600 songs on its 32GB of built-in storage.
Meanwhile, an attractive feature allows the HP Pocket Playlist to perform DVR recording functions. A subscription to PlayLater and adequate PC software will enable users to store video from Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon on the device. HP offers a free one-month subscription to PlayLater to get things started.
The gadget may not look like much, but is able to stream movies, TV shows, music, and photos, offering surprising connectivity abilities. Moreover, the HP Pocket Playlist works with apps as well. According to HP, the device can serve as a home digital video recorder.
HP's Pocket Playlist device also comes with a built-in battery and wireless-N access point, and joins the market as a direct competitor to similar devices such as the Seagate Satellite, Seagate Wireless Plus, or the Kingston Wi-Drive wireless storage expanders.
When it comes to shape and design, the HP Pocket Playlist is quite compact, roughly the same size as the iPhone 4. It is, however, much lighter. Lightness and portability is always a plus with today's gadgets, and the DVR capabilities may make HP's offering more appealing than other media storage devices currently available in the market.
With the HP Pocket Playlist, users will be able to connect to and play content to most Wi-Fi capable devices, including Android, Windows Phone, and iOS devices. This means that the device falls in line with today's trends and popular platforms, appealing to a wide pool of potential consumers.
The gadget is expected to become available in the U.S. in a little over a month on Feb. 15. The HP Pocket Playlist will be available for purchase for $129. It may not be HP's greatest offering on display at the CES, but it makes a nice addition to the company's desktop, notebook, monitor, and all-in-one line-up.