The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > State of the Art: From Microsoft, a First Take "Make no mistake: the PMC operating system is beautiful, polished and easy to use. If getting a TV tuner card or a Media Center PC is no big deal for you - or if you already have one - you'll really enjoy Windows Media Player 10 and its auto-synching feature.
But for the same $620 you'd pay for a PMC and a tuner card, you could buy something much more flexible and much less dependent on the mother ship for video material. You could buy that sweet little Archos, for example. Or you could buy a personal DVD player and a set-top DVD recorder, which could fill blank DVD's with your favorite shows before each excursion.
In any case, Microsoft is convinced that its little video players will be the next big thing. If you're a gadget freak who believes in the concept, here's wishing you unexpected cash, free space on your hard drive and many long car and plane rides in the months ahead."