Sony PSP 2000 (Piano Black)
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: PSP98510
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- While it may not be a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners, a host of subtle improvements make the latest Sony PSP (aka the PSP 2000) an even better deal for anyone looking for a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.
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- Reviewed by: John Falcone
- Edited by: David Carnoy
- Reviewed on: 09/03/2007
- Released on: 09/10/2007
The good: Lighter, slimmer, and sleeker update of the original PSP; AV output for video and game playback on TVs; improved load times for games; retains all of the impressive media and online features of the original PSP; deep lineup of great game titles that offer better graphics than Nintendo DS games.
The bad: Despite improvements, problems and annoyances remain: UMD load times still poky compared to Flash-based DS games; volume levels still less than optimal; limited gameplay options via video output; USB charging option is cumbersome; screen is still too reflective and a magnet for fingerprints; subtle redesign missed the opportunity to add even more features.
The bottom line: While it may not be a must-have upgrade for existing PSP owners, a host of subtle improvements make the latest Sony PSP (aka the PSP 2000) an even better deal for anyone looking for a solid portable gaming and multimedia device.
The coolest handheld available!!!!!!
by stephen451 on March 7, 2008
Pros: It does almaost everything
Cons: Only 1, no built in memory.
Summary: This is the best handheld by far i have ever used. I was considering the DS until i learned the browser for it is for Europe only. I decided to ...
Summary: This is the best handheld by far i have ever used. I was considering the DS until i learned the browser for it is for Europe only. I decided to pay the extra 50$, and I couldn't be happier. The device is sleek, powerful, and fun! The music and video playback is very nice, but the web browser is its killer feature over the DS! The games are fun and the graphics are wonderful. I would definitely recommend it over the Nintendo DS!
Nice portable gaming console and all-around doohickey
by Scott Gardener on March 5, 2008
Pros: Doubles as media player, triples as remote PS3 (if you have one), additional perks like Skype and LocationFree (if you have it)
Cons: Suffers from Sony Proprietary Syndrome, video playback limited by file format pickiness, memory design limitations
Summary: I recently purchased the "Daxter" bundle, which consists of a silver-colored PSP, the "Daxter" game, a "Family Guy" compilation on UMD, a one gig Memory Stick, and the usual miscellany ...
Summary: I recently purchased the "Daxter" bundle, which consists of a silver-colored PSP, the "Daxter" game, a "Family Guy" compilation on UMD, a one gig Memory Stick, and the usual miscellany of manuals, adverts, and "register me" hooplah. A power cord was included as well, but no additional cables such as a USB 4-prong to 6-prong (helpful for recharging through a computer or PS3 console, but not essential) or video adapter cord (which could output video to TV, again not essential).
Out of the box, it was easy to figure out and get up and running. Granted, already having a PS3 console, the interface was the same and thus familiar, a point-and-shoot menu.
The included Memory Stick was welcome, as not having one from the get-go could prevent essentials such as saving games or downloading system updates. Not including one with the base model seems a bit troubling, even though they're readily available; a cheap 512 or 256 Meg one might have been a convenient inclusion with the base unit. Granted, if you're planning on serious extended use, you'll want either a higher capacity stick or more than one. Thankfully, Memory Stick, while a propriatary Sony format, is industry semi-standard and fairly easy to fine. For me, Memory Stick is also compatable with my PS3 and my camcorder's still picture slot. As you might have guessed, it's a Sony.
Where Sony Propriatary Syndrome becomes an issue is with UMD. PSP games come in UMD format. This isn't a problem in and of itself, since the pairing of games with consoles remains standard practice since the days of Atari. But, there's also an attempt at getting movies on UMD as well. Since the PSP is the only UMD player on the market, it's a rather limited format. Even with an external TV adapter, UMDs lack access to DVD high def upscaling or audio output beyond two channel stereo. At least now my HD-DVD collection can feel better as I set my one UMD next to them.
I also have to question the inclusion of a controversially mature audience show with a game console principally marketed with a family-friendly game like "Daxter." But, that aside, I love "Family Guy" myself, so no complaints from my end.
The PSP includes some additional perks that are nice if you have certain services or devices but otherwise are filler. Since I have a PS3, I can use the "remote play" feature, which accesses the PS3's screen remotely onto the PSP and can stream media or pictures. Annoyingly, the one thing it can't do is play the PS3's games, thus undermining most of the purpose. It also includes Skype and LocationFree, two services I don't have and thus cannot rightly review. But, it's there if I want it.
The PSP also includes a web browser, which also comes in handy, though its usefulness is limited somewhat by page formatting. Most web pages assume you will look at them on a monitor that's at least 800 pixels wide, whereas the 400 or so on the PSP will crop pages, overlap text blocks, and the like.
But, as a gaming console, it's pretty impressive. I had read that its processing capability and video quality was comparable with the PS2 console, but I was a bit skeptical. Granted, it has a sub-480p resolution, but its video quality was pretty splended, and playback of "Daxter" was smooth and slick, with 3D rendering as impressive as the 6th gen. full size consoles. For its main function, it's pretty darned good. The load time was fast enough.
I have yet to put video playback to a full test. But, it seems rather limited as far as what it will play back. It handles the growing mp4 file format standard, but only if it is at certain specific resolutions, so a lot of my video library will have to be transcoded for playback. A lot of my digital library is iTunes .m4v, but that's a DRM issue designed to sell video iPods. There's always UMD movie discs, but if I wanted undead formats, I'd rather save my money and get HD-DVDs.
Finally! A CFW Slim!
by Dave31294-22198746584878817047 on February 18, 2008
Pros: Finally hackable and able to run CFW
Cons: No real must have accesories
Summary: Now that Pandora's Battery can install M33 firmware on the system, all the extra features and memory make this thing a god. Only with custom firmware though and sadly, ...
Summary: Now that Pandora's Battery can install M33 firmware on the system, all the extra features and memory make this thing a god. Only with custom firmware though and sadly, you have to use the old "open up the battery trick" to run CFW on it. Sony rules and I can't wait for their next portable system to be released.
Best Personal Media Distraction
by theinar on February 13, 2008
Pros: Everything a PMP have plus 3D Gaming
Cons: Everything a PMP have plus 3D Gaming
Summary: It is my favorite distraction. I have one in my office desk drawer and one in the car. The car one get used more is and is the newer one. ...
Summary: It is my favorite distraction. I have one in my office desk drawer and one in the car. The car one get used more is and is the newer one.
Best Use For The PSP:
3. Repair Shop
4. Municipal Transit
PSP change the way we play portable...
by crasher7 on January 29, 2008
Pros: Excellent graphics, nice screen, button are responsive, change the way we play portable games
Cons: No big changes from original PSP, no 2nd analog stick, no built memory space
Summary: The Sony PSP is a masterpiece. It change the way we think of portable gaming, with built-in wifi to PS2 graphics standard. It is what a PlayStation fans dreamed of. ...
Summary: The Sony PSP is a masterpiece. It change the way we think of portable gaming, with built-in wifi to PS2 graphics standard. It is what a PlayStation fans dreamed of. The game's graphics almost on par with its PS2 counterpart. The screen is nice, buttons are responsive.
But the PSP still got something bad. It doesn't have a 2nd analog stick like the PS2, which is bad for FPS gamer. There are no built in memory space.
Overall, this is a device that every PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 owners should have, everything is connected. PS rocks!!!
very well made, light, not noticably slimmer but most fat trimmed off.
by unkowwn on January 6, 2008
Pros: very good, light, not as cheaply made as people say, and faster than older psp's
Cons: door looks cheap, but wont break or fall apart (unless if forced), all input ports are in the wrong areas!
Summary: Sony PSP Slim and Light, is very nice as far as its light ( and i mean light). not as bulcky as well. one thing to look at is the how ...
Summary: Sony PSP Slim and Light, is very nice as far as its light ( and i mean light). not as bulcky as well. one thing to look at is the how sony decided to put all the ports in the wrong area. for example. the headphone jack is on the bottom left hand side of the psp, which makes it very stupid when putting normal headphone jacks. the only headphone jacks that fit in the pocket is the one sony uses because it fits snugly and wont break off in the pants, the headphone jack location should be switched the power jack. also the Wifi jack IMO should be switched near the power jack, its not like anything is there anyways. other than that buttons, screen, and case is pretty much same (except the back). People say the back is very badly made, but as faras the sony stick port, i only opened it once to put the card in, and it should never break unless if i fiddle with the tab. Also the UMD tray seems very cheaply made, but when you think of, it what makes it lighter is how they had to remove soo many parts, arnt most things that are light seem like it breaks easily, personally i havnt complaind about it since i got it, and i only use UMD ( not homebrew) and it never felt like it was going to break. As long as the owner opens and closes it correctly, it shouldnt break. overall good upgrade to the PSP.
THE BEST YET!!!!
by nowruss94 on January 5, 2008
Pros: Bright. Light. Fast. and Fun
Cons: Low Battery Life. No REAL Flash Player
Summary: The Sony PSP is an excellent console that cant be beaten. I would recommend it to all of my friends. It has awesome graphics, video quality, sound quality, Internet for ...
Summary: The Sony PSP is an excellent console that cant be beaten. I would recommend it to all of my friends. It has awesome graphics, video quality, sound quality, Internet for price,speed, and everything else. Except for the battery life. I suggest that if you do buy one get an extra battery or a car charger because it will run out of battery it has for me. I love PSP and if you dont have one get one.
by BreezeStorage on December 31, 2007
Pros: AMAZING SYSTEM
Cons: AMAZING SYSTEM
Summary: AMAZING, is all i have to say. Extremely awesome graphics, mega good internet capabilities, very good sound quality. This is my first review that i give a 10/10. Sony ...
Summary: AMAZING, is all i have to say. Extremely awesome graphics, mega good internet capabilities, very good sound quality. This is my first review that i give a 10/10. Sony made a big improovement. AMAZING is all i have to say. I recommend Logan's Shadow and Renegade Squadren for PSP.
Great gaming device with lots of neat features that provide more entertainment than just gaming
by mgiudice on December 23, 2007
Pros: Excellent PS2 style gaming, plus portable music, video, and internet
Cons: Slow load times and lack of physical memory.
Summary: I love my PSP. I use it for games, music, and movies/TV shows when I'm on the road. The new version allows you to hook it up to ...
Summary: I love my PSP. I use it for games, music, and movies/TV shows when I'm on the road. The new version allows you to hook it up to the TV and it is compatible with PS3. I really love the internet connections which provides me with RSS feeds, downloads, upgrades, internet radio, and eventually TV Shows once I get a Sony Location Free Player. Must Buy.
The Best in Portable Gaming Gets Better
by Skv012a on December 10, 2007
Pros: Longer life, noticably lighter, better speaker position, better UMD door, better memory card door, nothing good lost.
Cons: No IR port, no "extended" battery doors just yet, can't openly say what makes PSPs worth the purchase ;)
Summary: Same as the old PSP minus the IR port, weight, and uneven looking surface(front and back clashing). I can only really say this: sell your old units and buy ...
Summary: Same as the old PSP minus the IR port, weight, and uneven looking surface(front and back clashing). I can only really say this: sell your old units and buy one of the new. Then use the #1 trick in the book: get the original PSP Extended Battery and use it with your slim for a whopping 190% life.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: PSP98510
- Description: The PSP Slim & Lite is a natural design evolution for the PSP system. It also includes a video output, which means that your PSP can now be connected to a TV, enabling you to play, share and watch your games, videos and photos on a TV. The speaker location has also been improved providing an even better sound experience than before.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Type Handheld game console
- Media Type UMD (Universal Media Disc) ,
Flash memory card
- Supported Flash Memory Cards Memory Stick Duo
- CPU 333 MHz
- RAM 64 MB
- Sound Speakers - Stereo
- Network 802.11b
- Integrated Components Microphone
- Width 6.7 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 2.8 in
- Weight 6.7 oz
- Color Piano black
- Type 4.3 in Color TFT active matrix
- Resolution 480 x 272
- Color Depth 16.7 million colors
- Controls Left trigger,
- Supported Video Formats Motion-JPEG,
- Supported Audio Formats WMA,
- TV Connection Composite video
- Connector Type 1 x Headphones / remote control,
1 x USB ( Mini-USB Type B ),
1 x DC power input,
Component video output,
Composite video output,
- Battery Rechargeable - Lithium ion - 1200 mAh
- Battery Required 1
- Included Accessories AC power adapter
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UMD (Universal Media Disc),
Flash memory card,
64 MB - Integrated,
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Flash memory card,
64 MB - Integrated,
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64 MB - Integrated,
Specs: Sony PSP 2000 - Handheld game console,
UMD (Universal Media Disc)
- Intec PSP Dock It (31318607)23.99
- Pelican PSP Face Armor and Disk Jackets PL-6019 - game console accessory kit (31509924)
- Sony PSP Headphones (White) (32959304)17.30 - 17.99
- dreamGEAR i.Sound Wireless FM Transmitter - FM transmitter (33617253)19.99
- Mad Catz USB Data/Charge Cable for PSP (32433012)4.63 - 22.11
- Sony PlayStation Portable Travel Case - hard case for game console (33003968)9.99 - 19.99
- Energizer Home and Car Charger - power adapter - AC / car / USB (33704061)17.54
- dreamGEAR USB Power Kit Plus - power adapter - AC / car (35054292)13.49 - 17.99
- dreamGEAR USB AC Adapter - power adapter (35054622)12.34 - 18.32