Maxian M800 (also known as Maxian M8000) Review

March 24, 2007 at 7:03 pm 9 comments

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Official Site http://www.maxian.com/eng/
Reviewed by K.C. Kim
Review unit provided by latteglobal.com

30 GB (1.8 inch HDD)
4.3 inch WQVGA(480 x 272) TFT LCD,
16,700,000 color (24bits) / 390,000 pixel
AVI, MPG, ASF, WMV, DAT, VOB
MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX3.1/4.xx/5.xx, XviD,
ISO MPEG-4 SP, WMV9 (640 x 282), H.264 (CIF)
MP3, AC3, WMA, BSAC, AAC+
720 x 480 maximum (WMV9 : 640 X 282, 500Kbps)
30 fps maximum
SMI
MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG
8~320Kbps CBR & VBR / Q0~Q10(OGG bitrate)
ID3v1, ID3v2 2.0, ID3v2 3.0
TXT
25MBytes
TXT + MP3
MP3
AVI
DivX 5.0
MP3
3Mbps maximum
128Kbps
640 x 480 (VGA)
Earphone jack, Composite AV IN and AV OUT
Built-in Microphone, Built-in Stereo Speaker
Video output in PAL(EU) or NTSC(US) standard
Removable Lithium-Polymer battery pack, External AC charger/adapter
USB Device
USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbps maximum)
USB Host
USB 2.0 High Speed (480Mbps maximum)
168.9 (W) x 79 (L) x 17(D) mm
265g
Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000 or XP / LINUX, MAC OS 9.X, 10.X (Windows 98 SE requires downloadable driver)

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Intro – Ever since I first heard about the Maxian M800. I put this PMP on the top of the list for must haves. Unfortunately the player was unavailable at the time and very scarce even through gray market importers. The player retails for around 400,000 Korean Won, or about $416. But is sold at higher price at many other countries upward of $500-$700. And is worth every penny of that amount.

I had all but given up on getting the Maxian M800 until I found one company Latte Communications, Inc. who at some point in the future will launch the product in the U.S. I managed to get a review unit and here I will review the Korean PMP player “Maxian M800 30GB Black”

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In the box – Maxian M800, leather case, AC Adapter, Manual, wriststrap, a/v cables, remote w/ batteries, manual, usb host cable, usb cable, and earphones. Pretty much Maxian threw everything you need into the box. This is great as buying accessories separately can cost quite a lot of money. The leather case is quite nice and better than the average one that comes with other pmp’s.

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Design – Maxian M800 may in fact be the best-looking PMP I have seen. With a huge 4.3-inch 480×272 LCD made by Sharp, slim 17mm form factor, and metal etched d-pad and buttons. The design bares a resemblance to a PSP crossed with a Razr keypad.

Functions – Maxian M800 can play videos, music, view pictures, read text, voice and video record. Something’s missing were lack of fm radio and no games even though the layout would be perfect for this function.

Firmware – Firmware is upgradeable and updates can be found at Maxian’s official site http://www.maxian.com/eng/cs_center/cs_pds_list.asp

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GUI – Navigation is very simple with the D-Pad and large icons that anyone can see. The interface is nice and bright.

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Movie – The Maxian M800 can play quite a few different formats out of the box such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX3.1/4.xx/5.xx, XviD,
ISO MPEG-4 SP, WMV9 (640 x 282), H.264 (CIF). In testing 5 out the 6 files playback without a hitch. One AVI for whatever reason would not play. Converting the file using PocketDivx did the trick. Overall a good experience with the large screen, built in speakers, and smooth playback.

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Music – Music was quite good especially with its Burr Brown High-End Audio codec.

Pictures – Pictures viewing was excellent with the Maxian M800. You can enlarge the image to fit the full screen, view images in a sideshow, and zoom in on an image 1x, 2x , and 4x.

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Text – With the large 4.3” display and the d-pad for scrolling. The Maxian M800 becomes a nice ebook reader on the go. I downloaded Frankenstein by Mary Shelley off Project Gutenberg and text size was good and quite readable.

Additional features – Voice Recording, Video Recording, Audio Recording, TV out.

Games – For a PMP that would be excellent for gaming the M800 lacks any games at all.

Comparisons –
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Maxian M800 vs PSP
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Maxian M800 vs Cowon A2
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Maxian M800 vs Clix2

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Conclusion – Maxian M800 is one of the best PMPs on the market. The design, style, slim form factor, and numerous features put this in elite group of dedicated video players.

Positives
Great sound quality
Stylish and thin
Large beautiful widescreen display
Built in speakers
Lots of features
Replaceable battery
Nice included leather case

Negatives
Not pocketable
Sharp screen had two lit pixels(Similar issues to PSP screens)
Not all videos played without conversion
Expensive

9.2 out of 10

Currently this product is not available in the U.S. Latte Global http://latteglobal.com/ may launch this product in the future in U.S. But no given date is stated. Will post here if I get any new info about availability.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. PMP Today » Today’s Find: Maxian M800 30GB PMP  |  March 24, 2007 at 8:48 pm

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  • 2. nzomatrix  |  May 23, 2007 at 12:14 am

    If someone buys this player please email me the system folder to nzomatrix@hotmail.com I accidently formatting the hard drive which deleted the system folder from the player.

    Reply
    • 3. carlos  |  May 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      tenho um mas não consigo baixar as atualizações

      Reply
  • 4. gerry ilagan  |  April 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Good day! Can you please help me to restore the sound of my player (maxian m800) because the sound at the left speaker became lower than the right side and i dont know how to fix it. Please help me. God bless!!!

    Reply
    • 5. carlos  |  May 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      é facil so precisa entra no sistema de equalizador de som

      Reply
  • 6. gaby  |  April 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    hallo, kan mij iemand de nederlandse gebruiksaanwijzing bezorgen aub? of weet iemand hoe ik eraan kan geraken? ik heb het toestel maar kan er echt niet mee overweg! het gaat mij voornamelijk over de voice recording,
    heel hartelijk dank!

    Reply
  • 7. ForexBegginer  |  September 20, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for a good review!

    Reply
  • 8. jose antonio cruz  |  June 19, 2009 at 12:59 am

    yo quiero saber de que forma puedo yo comprar este reproductor ya que estoy muy interesado en adquirir uno yo soy de queretaro queretaro mexico ayudenme por favor

    Reply
  • 9. avi converter  |  June 16, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Hello can I post this here?

    Reply

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