Product Description:The 442

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MSRP: $499.99
The Neuros 442 version 1.0 has been discontinued



I . Product Description
II . Category Roadmap
III . Wishlist, Bugs and Enhancements
IV . Compatibility
V . Usage examples and stories
VI . Competition
VII . Complimentary software and products
VIII . Troubleshooting & Tips and Tricks
IX . Ripping and Encoding HOWTO
XI . Reviews & Quotes
XII . Beta Test E-mail Discussion
XIII . User Manual for 442
XIV . Product photographer
IV . Recycled paper printing
V . Hacker's Manual for 442

Product Description/Marketing Schtick

Maybe you can't imagine why a motorcycle would need a 130 horsepower engine, why a home PC would need a dual core 64 bit processor, or why an amateur photographer would ever buy a digital SLR. Then it probably won't make much sense to you why anyone would want a 40GB digital media computer, or care about what operating system it used or what processor powers it.

In that case, we recommend the iPod nano. It's cute, it's small, "born to be worn", and although the pastel colors have been eliminated, it does come in black and white. If you find the prospect of a screen itself overwhelming, Apple even offers a device that eliminates that complication, the iPod Shuffle.

For those of you that understand the need for more, we offer the Neuros 442 Digital Media Computer. More than a Personal Video Player, the vision behind the Neuros 442 was to build the most powerful, state of the art handheld multi-media machine on the market. With a powerful dual core CPU optimized for multimedia processing, a 3.6� 65,000 color TFT display, and a 40 GB Hard Drive, the 442 has the processing, display and storage power to handle any multimedia task you could want in a handheld. With composite video inputs and outputs, you can easily connect to your TV and home entertainment system to watch and record from any source. With SD/MMC compatibility, it’s a perfect companion to the Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder and your digital camera.

Further, the Neuros is an evolving product supported by an active community of open source developers and users, and by participating in the Gamma launch you’re insured to be included in all the enhancements as the product evolves. Even if the product evolution involves hardware changes at the early stages, Gamma buyers will be included in all those upgrades. Neuros is sponsoring the ongoing effort to port Linux to the 442. Not as an aftermarket hack, but as an official effort supported by us, the manufacturer. It will be ported in true open source fashion: community backed, open and subject to peer review. Unlike most manufacturers, we're implementing Linux not despite the GPL, but because of it, and we intend to support hackers efforts as fully as possible. Once the Linux port is completed, we won't stop at implementing an open source operating system, but with open source applications as well. For developer news about the 442 check out the 442 section of

Imagine your favorite open source media applications running on the 442, and you'll probably understand why we haven't devoted effort towards picking out pastel colored housings.


  • Mechanical 5.35 x 3.07 x 1.04 in (136.1 x 78 x 26.5 mm)
  • Impact resistant stainless steel housing
  • Weight: 11.4 oz (325g)
  • Display 3.6" Color TFT (320x240 resolution)
  • Storage 40GB HDD
  • Holds 10,000 songs, 20,000 high resolution images or up to 150 hours of video
  • I/O USB 2.0 high speed
  • SD/MMC slot, mini USB slave mini B to A
  • Headphone jack
  • A/V line in jack
  • A/V line out jack
  • DC jack
  • Battery Rechargeable Lion battery
  • Up to 9 hours continuous audio playback
  • Up to 5 hours continuous video playback


  • Dimensions:340x205x 85mm
  • Weight: 1318g

Music Player

  • MP3
  • WMA
  • AAC-LC
  • AC3

Video Player

  • Composite video output to TV: NTSC/ PAL
  • Playback of
    • MPEG4 SP with b-frames
    • DivX 3.11/4.0/5.0/
    • XviD
    • WMV v9

Video Recorder

  • MPEG4 SP with MP3 or G.726 audio or AAC
  • 30fps@640x240 resolution
  • MS ASF format

Audio Recorder

  • MP3 recording up to 160kbps

Photo Viewer

  • View image in JPEG (non-progressive)/ GIF/ BMP

Included Accessories

  • Headphones
  • USB cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card
  • Composite video input/output cable
  • Installation CD
  • AC adaptor 110 220 V
  • Carrying case


  • Drag and drop ï¬?le transfer
  • PC Win 98/ME/ 2000/ XP
  • Linux Kernel 2.4 and higher
  • Mac OS X and higher


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