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Pretty good budget option
on 12 April 2007
Had this for a couple of days now and it seems quite reasonable, and better than I was really expecting for the price. I wasn't expecting much since you would expect to pay about 25 quid just for a flash drive of this size. It is fairly small (though not as slimline as an ipod nano) and has quite a nice finish. There are a number of equalizer settings and the radio reception and recording are pretty good. The main attraction for me is that it is completely plug and play - no need to mess about with iTunes or Sonicstage or any other software, and no DRM, just drop stuff on it and play (yes you can put any files on you want). Playback is pretty good, although the supplied headphones are (as you would expect from anything) useless. There are a number of drawbacks to this device though, as you'd expect from a budget option.
The main problem is that it runs off a single AAA battery, and while it doesn't appear to be particularly thirsty, battery life is never going to be better than mediocre with one that small (also, the cheap chinese one that comes with it lasts half an hour). Description says 18 hours, but bear in mind that this will apply at a bitrate of 64kbps, which is horrible, so you'll actually get quite a bit less with your own music. You will probably want to invest in a good set of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.
Secondly, it doesn't support playlists and as far as I can tell there is no way to browse your music by the metadata. This means you have to organise everything manually using folders, folders which the player unhelpfully refuses to alphabetise. This is a bit cumbersome, and I would prefer to be able to set up playlists.
Third, the interface is a bit fiddly as you would expect from a small device with a limited number of buttons. It's fine once you get used to it, but the manual is about three pages long and is written in pidgin English ("Browsy operation", "Entry various function"). It's not a complicated device but you'll need to fiddle with it for a bit to work it out. That's fine with me, but if you're someone who prefers to have their hand held when dealing with technology, you might be put off by this.
This device does the job just fine for casual use, but if you're the kind of person who is never seen without their white headphones jammed in their ears, save up and buy an iPod. This is a flash drive with bells and whistles which is what I was expecting.