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Toshiba JournE M400 review | Rating & Conclusion

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

Toshiba media player software

Toshiba media player software

Transferring data via the microSD card

Toshiba's JournE M400 portable media player comes standard with a software program which is able to convert video files to the supported MP4 format. Converting happens through the microSD card. A USB cable is not included. The Toshiba M400 PMP does come standard with a microSD to MMC card adaptor. This means you need to have a card reader at your disposal. Transferring is easy with Windows Explorer and data is conveniently sorted to different categories; music, picture, file, video etc. The microSD card is available with storage space of 2, 4, 8 or 16GB. This is good for storage of 350 songs or 250 pictures per GB (depending on picture format/MP3 settings).

SanDisk microSD memory card

SanDisk microSD memory card

Toshiba M400 battery life

I found out in practice that the battery needs to be charged fairly soon, and that it is quite sensitive to what you do exactly. If you just listen to music through the ear set with the monitor deactivated, the battery lasts a lot longer than when using it with the screen activated whilst playing the equalizer animation. The battery life drops even faster if you search the menu frequently, watch pictures or a movie in video mode. And I won't even bring up the external speaker that simply guzzles energy. On the other hand; the digital TV mode doesn't cost that much energy at all. You can watch TV with a plugged-in ear set longer than listen to music via the external speaker. This is nice to find out, although I would have rather seen a bit more effort put into the battery.

 

Toshiba JournE M400 media player

Toshiba JournE M400 media player

Toshiba M400 test conclusion

The Toshiba JournE M400 is an excellent photo frame with a lot of extras. The picture mode certainly appeals to me and provides enough options to display your pictures superbly, and it certainly deserves the title of full photo frame. The Toshiba JournE M400 has a beautiful appearance and is reasonable heavy, with a non-cheap feel to it. The touchscreen is superb, without exaggeration. The icons of the M400 are not all evenly sharp and sometimes you can count the pixels. However, this is never disturbing or annoying, and the menu is easily operable with just one touch. This makes it extremely pleasant to work with the M400. Playing music on the M400 is less surprising. The photo frame does not reach the quality of some MP3 players such as the Creative Zen series or the Sony Walkman series. The music on the M400 sounds quite flat, although this is not a negative thing, since many players have numerous music options which doesn’t always improve the sound. The JournE M400 plays your music, nothing more, nothing less. The external speaker surpassed my expectations. It produces a slightly better sound than through the 3mm jack. It's a pleasant way to listen to music. The video mode on the JournE M400 works just as well as the picture mode. The M400 provides enough options to play your movies in the best possible way. Movies are of good quality and prove sharp when played (even if the M400 supports the not-always-so-sharp MP4 format).

Toshiba JournE M400 review

Toshiba JournE M400 review

Toshiba M400 rating

The JournE M400 features a superb DVB-T receiver. Particularly outdoors, you will find the reception extraordinary and the TV channels are fast and easily found and watched. The advantage of a digital signal is that it either works doesn't, with nothing in between. No suffering from noise or color distortion. It are these digital possibilities, including the photo mode, that managed to impress me the most. The combination of the crystal clear image and the sound through the external speaker works perfectly. In my opinion, it is the best solution for a media station during journeys. At present, there are better and more beautiful photo frames for indoor use. The M400 does not specifically aim at pictures; it rather divides its attention. The picture/video mode and digital tv/radio have impressed me a lot. The battery does seem to empty quite fast, though. Although I find that quite logical when watching videos, I do not think it is acceptable when merely listening to music. Strangely enough, the battery lasts longer when watching TV than when listening to music. The Toshiba JournE M400 is an excellent photo frame with many pleasant additional features. If you look at its retail price of approximately 170 euros; its price/quality ratio is fine and the frame is certainly worth its money.

 

Toshiba microSD slot

Toshiba microSD slot

Positive [+]

● Touchscreen
● microSD support
● Photo/video mode
● Digital TV (DVB-T)
● Price/quality ratio
● Full photo frame

SanDisk Ultra II microSD

SanDisk Ultra II microSD

Negative [-]

● No internal memory
● Menu icons
● Battery life

Toshiba M400 review

Toshiba M400 review

Review score %

● Score : 70%
● Good media player

 
 
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