Sony PSP 3000 Piano Black Handheld System
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meagandowney
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TAKE ME OFF. . . of your Christmas shopping list

Pros Sleek, durable design with multiple uses, cool navigation screen
Cons Price of unit as well as price of specialized media
Recommended it? No
The Bottom Line:  If you must buy it, wait until the price comes down. Who knows, maybe the next device with mp3 playing capability will do your laundry too.
The marketing for Sony's PSP Console was amazing - replete with Michael Jackson "Man In the Mirror" special effects and rockin' Franz Ferdinand music. But that doesn't mean you should spend $250 on this thing for your kids. The box actually calls it a VALUE PACK . . .hmmm.

The advent of the iPod changed most of our ideas about what an acceptable price is for anything with mp3 playing capabilities, but keep in mind that whereas with the iPod you'll pay 99 cents a song even at the pricy iTunes store, PSP games don't cost less than games for the Playstation 2 console. And the selection is not as great. Expect to pay anywhere between $30 to $50 per game.

We bought the PSP for an 11 year-old in April. He is a SERIOUS gamer and even slaved over a bathroom renovation project in order to earn part of the money for this product.

In short, he never uses it with the exception of once during a road trip. It's still a prized possession, but I give it a few short months before he'll be asking to pawn it for new games for his XBox and PS2 gaming consoles. Now that his sister has an iPod however, his PSP may have a bit of a renaissance when he discovers that he too can download songs on his slim little contraption and jam to his favorite tunes. Most people that want to download mp3's purchase an iPod seperately though.

There are at least 50 other reviews of this product on epinions, but I had to give my two cents before Christmas rolls around for people that want to get something good for their cherubs at home. I will link to other thorough reviews below for you to look through.

SO FOR THE LOW LOW PRICE OF $250, YOU'LL GET:
The unit itself
An adapter and a power cord
A battery pack (lasts 4 hrs. on average per charge)
Sleek, white headphones with remote control
32MB memory stick
A relatively comfortable wrist strap (as seen on the commercial)
Protective pouch
Cleaning cloth
Software and the manual in English and French

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Play movies and games but only in UMD format (smaller disc than your average CD or DVD)
Play UMD music or mp3's
Save images in JPEG format and zoom in on images
Connect via wireless internet with an additional purchase of compatible LAN (Compatible with IEEE 802.11b 2.4 GHz wireless LAN)
Use your home PC Internet Service Provider to gain internet access on the PSP
Connect your DSL to the PSP, but it will be a hassle
Connect to your computer with a standard USB cable
Travel to foreign lands without having to change the time/date settings manually
Lose the remote control without any dire consequences
Use the following memory storage devices: Universal Media Disc or UMD, Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo

YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO:
Make a phone call like you can on a Blackberry.
Play regular sized CD's and DVD's
Count on the battery pack lasting indefinitely. Some built-in obsolescence is at work here and with more charges and age, you will become increasingly annoyed with the shortened length of a charge.
Play the PSP if you are prone to seizures with any more of a degree of safety than you get with other gaming consoles
Take your memory stick from your PC to your PSP without risking having to reformat the stick completely (not your PC, thank goodness)
Find a good selection of movies and games in the UMD format
Feel like it was $250 well spent

I was impressed with the sound, but I my suggestion for music lovers is to invest in an iPod or other device specifically for mp3s. Firmware updates periodically become available, so be sure to look for those every now and again.

The navigation screen is also very impressive, far more advanced than regular gaming consoles. I'm obviously not an expert, but I hope this review helps the average buyer to answer some basic questions.

Other great reviews of this product written by my epinions colleagues are linked below:

http://www.epinions.com/content_179172249220
http://www.epinions.com/content_192485428868
http://www.epinions.com/content_186160221828

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Sony PSP 3000 - Core Pack System

The all-new PSP with vibrant widescreen LCD screen and built-in microphone! Play thrilling games, movies, music, connect to the Internet, and more. With the best portable games, and a dazzling LCD screen, everywhere just got better! Contains:PSP-3000 system (Piano Black)AC power cordAC adaptorBattery pack

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PlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System - Piano Black Guaranteed authentic. You can verify all serial numbers with Sony.Condition : Brand New and Sealed Shipping : USPS or UPS Ground.Free s hipping in contiguous USA only!Returns: See Below The PSP features a bright 4.3-inch widescreen display. The PlayStation Portable PSP-3000:Features a brilliant 4.3-inch widescreen color display Has a built-in microphone for use with Skype.Lets you look at photos, listen to music, and watch videos and movi

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Sony Psp 3000 Core Pack Black Handheld Console System

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KT SUPER MERCHANDISE Product Description PlayStation Portable (PSP)3000 Core Pack System - Piano Black What's in the Box:Black PSP-3000 system AC power cord 5V AC adapter (100 ~ 240 VAC input with 5vdc 1500ma output)Battery pack Documentation. The PSP-3000 PlayStation Portable offers a beautiful screen that is brighter than ever, giving you a multitude of entertainment options on the go. Play games, listen to music, connect to the Internet, watch movies, and do more, all in a sleek compact packa

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