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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.
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on 25 September 2007
I've had this for about a month and I agree with T. A. Copeland's review but I've got to add...

It doesn't have a random function in the way you'd expect. It will play tunes in what appears to be a random order but when you switch off and on again it goes back to the beginning of the same 'random' order. You get sick of the first few tunes it's playing very quickly.

On the bright side. On normal play it plays tunes in the order you wrote them to the drive. So copy them on in a random order and it'll play them all, once, before starting again. Something I've been unable to get other players to do. If you're on a Mac or linux and can write yourself a script to load it you're laughing, just don't put more than about 20 tunes in any one folder or it grinds to a halt.

If you select the 'play one folder' mode it will only play the music files in that folder. It won't play the files contained within sub folders. So if you have an artist folder containing a sub folder for each of their CDs you can play just one of the CDs but not just the tunes by one artist.

It doesn't read the 'tags' that most players use to tell you artist, CD, etc. You only get the file name and it truncates that to 30 characters or so.

Having said all that it's still 4GB of music you can load with drag and drop. It's pretty good values for the money.
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on 6 March 2008
Have to agree with all the other comments. It is a fantastic product for the money you pay. Music loads up really quickly and plug and play is so easy. But, I like to listen to my music in a random order and it is a pain to try and get your list into random order before you load it onto the player. So, if the random option actually played the music in a random order, I would have no complaints about it.
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on 2 June 2011
What a great mp3 player. I am so pleased, I had been looking everywhere for one which shuffled and had a screen. The radio is a bonus, the headphones great quality and it arrived almost spontaneously. It even has a voice recorder and text ability. Just hooked it up to my computer and it worked. I am so pleased. Excellent value!
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on 9 February 2015
Little and light, perfect for running. It arrived also in record time. Is very easy to use, plug and play no much different to a memory stick. Very happy with it! :)
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on 17 August 2011
I found the usage far too difficult, and the dials were too small to see, and understand. Had to return the item. It was no good for what I wanted!
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on 2 August 2012
oreded this item said 4-12 days had it within 36hrs excellent product and i have got over 100 songs on it already
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on 13 September 2014
works perfect
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on 2 December 2015
Thank you
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on 18 August 2007
I have been very impressed with this item. After learning how to use it (via the online manual and quick start guide) this player really is packed full of features. Was very impressed with the quality, especially in comparison to the price. Would recommend to prospective buyers.
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