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Goodmans 40GB Personal Video (or MP3) Player - just £59.99 delivered !!

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Goodmans GPDR40 40GB Multi Function Personal MPEG4 Digital Video Player is just £59.99 delivered @ Goodmans FREE delivery. Description : The Goodmans GPDR40 Personal Entertainment System is just… Read More
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Goodmans GPDR40 40GB Multi Function Personal MPEG4 Digital Video Player is just £59.99 delivered @ Goodmans

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Description : The Goodmans GPDR40 Personal Entertainment System is just 11cm x 8cm, but has a stonking 40GB hard drive sufficient for up to 200 hours TV recording direct from the TV, around 10,000 MP3 songs or thousands of digital photos. This mini marvel houses a host of features including MP3 player, voice recorder, picture store and digital picture store/viewer via a SD/MMC expansion slot. The 3.6 full colour TFT screen is bright enough to use on the move, and can be powered using a battery or AC mains adapter. The unit is supplied with a handy case, cables and earphones.
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#1
Looks similar to the Grundig one a few months back which i bought and it blew up :( Ended up with an archos but this unit looks great for the price.!
#2
Reasonable review here (especially at the price)
http://www.tech.co.uk/gadgets/portable-video/digital-video-players-and-recorders/review/goodmans-gpdr40
and
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/dvdpvr/0,39030416,39188773,00.htm

With the built in SD card reader and USB, you could use this as a cheap data storage for your camera. Transfer all your pics across and then clear the card.
#3
Ive actually got one of these, paid £60 from goodmans direct about 3 months ago. Great for the money. Last time around alot of people complained about the software bundled with it. Dont worry. Ive got on mine nearly 180 hours of BBC comedy. (as a coach driver i need something to do whilst stuck at Alton Towers every other day). The bundled software is really only to convert your NON COPYRIGHT files to .asf files. I downloaded YASA dvd ripper, which rips the original DVDs and then the Goodmans software has no trouble converting these files to .asf
The picture quality is great, but the internal speaker is a bit naff. You really need the headphones unless youre in complete silence! You got loads of adapters and cables with it so you can pretty much plug anything you like into it.
Not as good as my fathers Archos, but then its 1/4 of the price. And Im prepared to put up with the slowish menu response for the money. All in, if you were thinking of buying something similar, Id go for this. You wont be disappointed.
#4
Thats freaky, I got one of these from my Mum for my birthday yesterday!
It is a cool little gadget for the money. The only drawback is having to convert the video files to MPEG4 .asf format before you can watch them on it. The software that came with it includes the appropriate software but it is really slow. Also, I found that the software wasn't compatible with my Vista Home Premium so I have to use an old XP PC to do my converting on. Support for the product is not that good neither. I've searched everywhere for similar software that would work on my Vista but because the bundled software that comes with it converts at a specific rate and specification, it has proved impossible. (If anybody has any reccomendatyions feel free to post).
All in all though, it is a very good value Personal Media Centre for the money and is very handy as a mass storage device aswell.
I would say though that if you can afford it, go for an Archos instead.
#5
accordin' to the specs its Compatible with ASF, MPEG, AVI video formats..that should be aite then...
#6
Does anyone know whether you can copy pictures from the SD card to the hard disk without a PC?
Thanks
#7
How is it at playing MP3s [with headphones]? Any issues?

The only thing that puts me off (as a portable audio player for my 6 year old) is the battery life (2.5 hours). But I suppose that is because it has to power the screen.

Can you switch the screen off if just playing audio?

Thanks for your comments.

BFN,

fp.

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Features:

* MPEG4 digital video player, digital voice recorder, MP3/ WMA/ WAV player
* JPEG photo player/ editor/ USB mass storage device
* Built-in 40GB hard disk
* Capacity for up to ~ 200 hours TV or ~ 10,000 MP3 tracks
* High brightness 3.6" TFT screen
* Encodes direct from TV/ video source to MPEG4
* Built in software converter transfers video files into MPEG4
* TV playback through AV out
* Adjustable LCD brightness
* Built in mic. and speaker
* Voice alarm
* Up to 2.5hrs battery life
* Compatible with MP3, WMA & WAV audio formats
* Compatible with ASF, MPEG, AVI video formats
* SD/ MMC card slot
* Inputs: USB/ audio in/ video in/ DC-in
* Outputs: USB/ video out/ earphone
* High speed USB 2.0 technology
* Supplied with software, cables, 'phones, carry bag, AC adapter
* System requirements
* Pentium 500MHz or higher
* Windows 98SE/ Me/ 2000/ XP, Mac OS 9.X or higher
* Box Contains
* Personal media centre
* Earphones
* Carry bag
* Cables for connection to PC & TV
* Software CD
* User manual
* Product Dimensions - HxWxD(mm):
* Main Unit/mm:80 x 110 x 30
* Weight(kg):0.29
* Batteries Required:2 x 1000mAh Li-ion rechargeables (built-in)
#8
Go for an Archos instead, you wont be disappointed!
#9
Thanks a lot.
Ideal birthday present for daughter.

"Archos instead" - Is it a similar price?
1 Like #10
fanpages,
Yes you can turn off the screen when listening to mp3's but the difference it makes is minimal. I'm under the impression that the harddrive spinning is what consumes the battery at such a high rate.

adyjoy,
Yes you can transfer pictures across without a PC. I did it y'day for the first time and it was pretty quick to do.

Mark
#11
yeah, i'm sure we'd all like an archos for sixty quid, but back in reality land its more like 200+

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000FNNYS2

anyone know if this plays standard divx and xvid and maybe even wmv - not crappy .asf's?
#12
sej7278
yeah, i'm sure we'd all like an archos for sixty quid, but back in reality land its more like 200+

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000FNNYS2

anyone know if this plays standard divx and xvid and maybe even wmv - not crappy .asf's?


Thats the problem with it, it will only play .asf files. You have to convert ll video files to this format to be able to watch them on it. The built in speaker is terrible, theres no bass at all and therefore is very tinny.
This is pretty cool for a kid though. Would make a lovely present. I got one for my birthday from my mum but I'm 28 and happy with it.
#13
I had nothing but problems with my one, ended up with a refund. Fine for photos and mp3's but a major scutter for movies.

As some posters have said, save more cash and go for an archos, they are brilliant.
#14
Amazing for the price, even got a SD/MMC slot...

The only thing that concerns me is the battery life, "Up to 2.5hrs" in the specs. If you have to use it on mains, it kind of defeats the purpose...

Voted Hot regardless, that's a brilliant deal!
#15
Does anybody know the screen resolution?

Thanks

Stompa
#16
sej7278
yeah, i'm sure we'd all like an archos for sixty quid, but back in reality land its more like 200+

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000FNNYS2

anyone know if this plays standard divx and xvid and maybe even wmv - not crappy .asf's?


I agree with your point that an equivalent Archos will be more expensive, but you've compared the wrong thing really (although the AV700 is 40gb it has a 7" screen).

The AV404 has a similar sized screen but only 30gb can be had for around £130 as end of line stock in Currys.
And the 402 which is only 20gb, but has a camcorder function built in was less than £100 last time I saw one (again end of line in Currys).
If you are after this sort of stuff, ebay has loads and at great prices.
Either way, this is a great deal for what you get, just be prepared that it doesnt do everything a more expensive player will do (but then what do you expect?)
#17
asf format????

isnt that one of the worst formats you can convert to?
#18
1) What kind of service for support, repairs, returns etc.Goodmans Direct offeres?

2) Is this product available in local shops such as Currys, Comet etc. I just wanted to get feel for it before I buy it, to confirm its not cheap and nasty feel to it.

3) Whats the quality like for recording audio and how many hours can one record audio for, as I will be recording lots of lectures in Uni.
#19
psjk
1) What kind of service for support, repairs, returns etc.Goodmans Direct offeres?

2) Is this product available in local shops such as Currys, Comet etc. I just wanted to get feel for it before I buy it, to confirm its not cheap and nasty feel to it.

3) Whats the quality like for recording audio and how many hours can one record audio for, as I will be recording lots of lectures in Uni.


Goodmans/Alba refunded me no probs for my defunct Grundig player. No replacement was offered tho even thought that was my preferred choice. Was a great wee player (grundig) played everything. not sure about the goodmans one thought only playing .asf etc.
#20
I've ordered one of these, I missed the Grundig player a couple of months ago and have been after a budget version since then.

Voted Hot...
#21
Has anyone used this to connect to a stereo? I'd be tempted by it purely as an MP3 jukebox connected to my hi-fi, how good is the sound from it when you're not using the built in speaker?

Is there anything else available for the price that plays mp3s and has that much storage?
#22
The player came yesterday, 2 days delivery time is great in my book and its all good up to now.

Photos look good and are easy to transfer, as are MP3s. I've connected it to my Sky+ box and DVD player to test the recording functionality and thats good to.

The software to convert avi to aif is straight forward if a little slow, but for £60 I'm willing to let that one slide.

All in all its a good piece of kit.

As for connecting to a Stereo I can't see it being a problem, its shipped with a RCA cable (jack plug on one end and the three phono connectors on the other) so you should be able to just use the red and white connectors.

Hope this helps if anyone is pondering !!
#23
Got mine yesterday and I can't get onto the Menu screen, It
just sticks on the Mass storage/Direct print screen, Try pressing the Menu/Info button but nothing happens.
#24
maybe everyone is looking at it ass backwards,forget the screen and you get a 40gb mp3 player for 60 quid.im sure at that most would snatch your hand off.
#25
ordered anyway
#26
This thread is mostly complimentary about this product which is surprising as on a few other forums this bit of kit has been slagged off no end, but I suppose the drop in price to £59.99 helps.

If I hadn't just bought an Ebuyer 2GB MP4 I would have bought this as I really wanted the Grundig one when it came out for the recording of TV feature it had.

Great price.
#27
i have one and recordiing feature is ideal although not tested yet.
#28
Couldn't resist at that price and have just bought one, this site is dangerous!
#29
If the battery life was better than 2.5hrs I'd be in, but its just not good enough for me. Hot deal anyway.
#30
My wife will be using it mostly via the power adapter so the 2.5 Hours isn't a major issue for us, it's a shame you can't buy a spare battery for these to double the life for a long journey though.
#31
Got mine delivered after 2 days on Saturday at 7.30am as indicated when ordered. Got it fully charged and told my family members that it was my new mp3 player they all laughed and said that it massive, bulky and they would never carry it, when I told them it was also a video player to watch all my movies, then they appreciated it but need to try it, if it really does what it says on the tin.

I need to play around with it, first impression it looks bit on the cheap side but can't really complain for £60 for 40G portable drive etc etc...
#32
Got mine today and the sound is awful ! I already have the Grundig PMP and its has a much better sound than this one but at only £60 its ok.
#33
Is the sound awful with headphones too or just through the speakers?
#34
I just tried it through the headphones , its not far off 2 tin cans and a bit of string sound !
I didnt use the headphones that come with it i used my synthesizer headphones .
If the Grundig one comes back for sale anywhere i would recommend that one , Great PMP it is
#35
Maybe its just me but i like a bit more Bass than this has got, it sounds "tinny"
#36
OK, mine arrived today, have just opened it up and the first thing I wanted to try was the recording direct from TV feature which is the main reason we bought this.

I have the AV leads correctly linked up to the unit from the TV...

It appears to be recording as I have sussed out the record button etc and record for about a minute, however when it comes to stopping it and playing it back I just get a black screen playing back for the full duration of what I recorded.

Where am I going wrong?
#37
* BUMP *

Have managed to record from a DVD Player but still can't record from the TV, have tried doing it through the Digibox too but no joy.

Help!!!!!!!
#38
I can only record from the TV via the scart and then the AV leads which means that when the switchover to digital happens it will be redundant as I will need that scart socket for the freeview box.

That's not my only issue, it claims to be Mac compatible, OK so it mounts on my Mac, but the software provided to convert these video files is not mac compatible and as it doesn't play native MP4 or AVI files I am stuffed on that front too, iSquint doesn't convert to the required format either.

I am going to try to return mine for a refund on the above grounds.

Any other Mac users bought this?
#39
Money Spinning
* BUMP *

Have managed to record from a DVD Player but still can't record from the TV, have tried doing it through the Digibox too but no joy.

Help!!!!!!!


Keep it and use it as an external hard drive:whistling: :giggle:

Joking aside, what inputs does it have? Maybe the problem you are seeing is becuase the sources you are trying to record are being output in RGB but this needs them to be set to CVBS?
#40
When I saw your reply Shengis I guessed it would be that!

Being a bit harsh there as this is not an issue with your device but your TV.
You cant blame goodmans for the fact your TV only outputs its picture via scart!
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We have 4 TV's in this household, 3 of which have the 3 coloured AV sockets 1 of which just has a scart, however it doesn't work when I plug in the AV leads to the TV's, if it did I would keep it, just doesn't show up which suggests it's the device or leads at fault and not my TV's (seeing as I have tested on 3 sets of AV's).

Anyway that aside there is still the software issue, it claims it's Mac Compatible the but the software provided is PC only so I have no way of copying my AVI or MP4 files onto it to play successfully.

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