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Toshiba JournE M400 review | Media player features

Published on: Thursday, May 7th 2009                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Toshiba M400 video viewer

Toshiba M400 video viewer

Toshiba JournE MP4 video player

The Toshiba M400 features an excellent MP4 video player. Contrary to the music mode, you can forward or rewind the videos. The videos are of good quality and they are well-displayed on the screen. This video mode not only makes the Toshiba a nice photo frame, but also a media player to play your favorite videos, wherever you want. This mode provides a few options. You can adjust the zoom setting and the contrast, and you can rewind or fast forward the video. Converting video files happens through the included software or any other conversion program with MP4 and optional DivX support.

Toshiba M400 picture slide-show

Toshiba M400 picture slide-show

Toshiba JournE M400 photo mode

It is obvious what you can do with the Toshiba M400's picture mode. The appearance of the device already looks a lot like a picture frame and you can't miss it, due to the stand on its back. Originally, the Toshiba is a digital photo frame with many additional features. Pictures (stored on the microSD card), are displayed sharply, clearly and with true-to-life colors, although they might be harder to see in bright sunlight. The quality depends strongly on the location, which is why the M400 is not a stable medium to check pictures on quality. The option 'slide show' allows you to display pictures for a certain amount of time (just like other photo frames). This is a nice way to quickly show pictures or to display them somewhat longer in living rooms, during parties etc. A nice addition is to play background music during a slide show. It adds a nice effect to your show and the quality of the external speaker will not embarrass you. There are many other options besides these to satisfy the user. Transferring pictures from the computer to the Toshiba (microSD) is easier with Windows Explorer, and takes place quickly enough.

 

Toshiba M400 connected to the battery charger

Toshiba JournE M400 review

Toshiba JournE M400 - Digital TV / Radio (DVB-T)

If you extend the antenna of the M400, the player converts into a digital TV receiver. If the reception is fine, the images are crystal-clear. Outdoors the reception is better than indoors. Touching the antenna indoors makes the monitor freeze and the sound disappear. Once you have a good reception, the image is crystal-clear, which is the best thing about it. No stripes or noise, just a frozen image and no sound. The antenna feels a bit fragile, although in practice it isn't. Nice about this mode is the fact that it not only works well on a camping site or in a caravan, but also while travelling on the bus, train or in any other outdoor spot. I watched television regularly during my journeys by bus and train and the reception highly surprised me. Some channels can be watched free of charge wherever digital TV is supported, for others you will have to pay. The radio works exactly the same as the TV mode, and also here you will need a digital package for portable receivers. Generally, there are different zones for broadcasting digital TV and it might be convenient to use the option: "auto search" every time you're moving into a different town or city. This function will search and find all available stations and set them automatically. I found this extremely handy and it worked very fast. Furthermore, the Toshiba M400 has some zoom options and it provides information about the program that is playing. On top of that, the M400 features an option to store a password for certain digital channels. This way, they are protected against unauthorized people or parental control.

 

Toshiba M400 multimedia player

Toshiba M400 multimedia player

Toshiba JournE M400 MP3 player

Toshiba JournE M400 MP3 player

 
 
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