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Speedo Aquabeat LZR Racer 2GB Waterproof MP3 Player
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- AC Power Adapter Supplied: No
- Audible Support: No
- Audio Output Connections: 3.5 mm headphone socket
- Battery Life: 9 hours
- Battery Type: 3.7V Li-Polymer Rechargeable Battery
- Codec Support: MP3 MP3 VBR and WMA Files.
- Depth: 45.72mm
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The special edition Speedo Aquabeat LZR Racer is a submersible, waterproof and weatherproof MP3 player with waterproof earphones. This specially designed LZR model is designed to perform with the world record beating LZR swimsuit from speedo.
For aquatic athletes and active people this MP3 player has a compact design with a sleek and sophisticated look. The Aquabeat LZR can be safely used up to a depth of 3 metres in the water so you can enjoy your favourite tracks when you're swimming--it's ideal to break up the monotony of training in the pool. With an expanded 2GB memory capacity, this MP3 player holds up to 500 songs in MP3 format and as many as 1000 WMA tracks.
It is lightweight and can float enabling quick and easy recovery in the pool and is simple to use with swimwear an armband or goggles. It has large ergonomic buttons which makes it easy to use whilst swimming. The Aquabeat LZR MP3 player comes with Playlist Editing Software to add and sort your music quickly, a USB & extension cable, a range of different size ear buds and a carrying case. Includes a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
Please note the Speedo Aquabeat is compatible only with MP3 files, loading any other type of file (iTunes, WMA, etc) will render the player inoperative until the player is plugged into a PC and these files removed.
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This is a waterproof MP3 player! How cool is that! Swimming 50 lengths of the pool need never be boring again. It works perfectly well underwater and is perfectly audible above all the noise of the splashing.
That said, there are a number of problems with this product that make it a lot less good than it could be.
First, the user interface is extremely basic. Apart from the volume control, it has only 2 buttons to control the playback: next track and previous track. Not even a pause button. If you don't mind which track you listen to next or if you only have a small number of tracks, then that's probably not a problem, but if you have hundreds of different tracks stored on the machine and want to play a specific one, then you're in trouble. Actually, I don't mind this too much because I tend to listen to podcasts and typically only have 3 or 4 of them loaded at any one time, but if you prefer listening to music, I imagine you could find this a real pain.
Of course the advantage to this very basic user interface is that it's very easy to use as you don't have to fiddle with lots of different buttons while you're trying to swim, and maybe that's why they made it that way.
The next drawback is that it seems to be built with buggy software. There is a reset button that you can press with a pen to reboot it if it stops working. I don't know how often this happens, as I've not had mine for very long, but just the second time I used it it had stopped working and needed to be rebooted, so I suspect it could be a depressingly frequent occurrence.
Finally, the earpieces are really not at all well designed. They have some sort of contraption which I suppose is designed to keep them in your ear. If you are from the planet Zarg, perhaps this works very well. If you have a normal humanoid ear, then it's less successful. All I know is that I found them slipping out of place quite a lot while swimming and had to keep re-adjusting them. Perhaps there is a knack to getting them to fit that would make it easier than I found it, but sadly there is no diagram in the instruction manual, so it's hard to know what the manufacturers intended. I did email the contact given on their website for technical support to ask if they could send a diagram, but I never got a reply.
And that is perhaps the most serious criticism of all: it appears that there is no technical support available for this product, given that the email address given for technical support on the website doesn't bother to answer emails.
Having purchased it less than a week ago, I uploaded my play list and used it whilst swimming today for the first time. What can I say other than EXCELLENT.
Easy to upload songs, easy to shuffle if required, using software provided. Very easy to fit to goggle strap. Easy to use in the water. Sound quality is more than acceptable although some bass is missing.
I would recommend that you have a practice with the headphones on dry land first as they do require a bit of adjustment but are otherwise very comfortable in deed.
All in all the item does what it says on the tin and makes swimming so much more enjoyable - only one drawback though trying not to sing along whist swimming.
Size - it is a lot smaller and lighter than I expected. The controls are pretty easy to operate (remember you'll either have it behind your head - as I did - or on one of your shoulders).
Wires - the earphone wires didn't get in the way of your swimming at all. The Ear attachments take a bit of adjustment to get right. On one try I ended up with a sore ear, on the other I was fine. (Remember your goggle strap goes over the ear and the earphones so you need a bit of adjustment to get comfortable)
Sound - the crucial part of any MP3 - the sound is pretty good on dry land and is reasonable in the water - you sometimes need to adjust the earphone buds in your ears to get it balanced - and I really don't think you can get rid of the background bubbles and splashing associated with swimming anyway.
Loading - reasonably easy if a bit slow to actually transfer the MP3s and the interface is a bit dated.
Overall, if you expect to be in the water for a long time, this is a good way to distract yourself and get the miles in.
The real issue is product quality, its not there yet and my third version of this is now bust after 2/3 months of use. Given the lack of product support on this items thats an expensive product . . .
The big problem with this product is it will not last - the software/firmware is buggy, will start to fail and before you know it you're left with a very expensive USB drive, that will no longer play out music. This will happen after a couple of months - I'm guessing that the positive reviews left here were all left within this space of time.
With no support from the vendor, it's not worth your money.
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