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Good little player - FOR THE PRICE
on 21 July 2007
The unit came in a snazzy little box, and importantly didn't promise too much.
First up - it plugged into my laptop and didn't require any further setup as it was automatically sync'd with WMP. the process of loading songs onto it was easy, but there was a time lag of up to 20 seconds PER TRACK to load them fully, which having owned mp3 players before I was not expecting!
The unit takes a charge which lasts at least 4 hours before the battery level drops. Initially I thought this was good, but effectively it makes the 'Battery Level' indicator useless - plays for over 4 hours on 'Full' charge, and then you can almost watch the level fall...
Warning - there is NO lock button on the unit, so buttons can be pressed and stop or change the track. Because they are all surface mounted, I found this happening a lot until I 'customised' my MP3 wallet to prevent this.
Despite the looks on the photos, this unit does feel a little plasticky - the buttons are not particularly stable and although the full colour screen is bright and colourful the resolution is not the best.
On the subject of the screen, I had expected the screen to turn off or at least the backlight to go out when playing music, to increase the battery time, but this does not happen. This, in my opinion is a waste of power, as the screen only shows a graphic equaliser (which has no correlation to the music being played at all!) and some basic icons telling you that you have the earphones plugged in (otherwise you wouldn't be able to hear it) and the battery is full (otherwise it would be off within minutes) etc.
The FM radio built in is manageable but not powerful enough to maintain a fantastic reception unless you are fairly still and in the right place - no good for running or working out in the gym - but then if you wanted radio, you would have bought a radio, right?
The earphones that come with the unit are useless - it is worth getting another, decent and comfortable pair along with it...
Now, although this may seem like a rather scathing review of a mp3 unit, it really shouldn't be, and here's why:
The whole package, including postage, was less than £30. There are some USB memory sticks that cost more than that for 2GB, and this works perfectly well as an external memory module. It does provide crisp, quality music on the move, and although I have no illusions as to a long life expectancy, in this day and age I expect to replace an mp3 player with a new, larger capacity, sleeker unit once a year or so anyway. So why not make it a cheap one which does everything I need it to?
As mentioned above - if you have a budget of £30 for an mp3 player, you aren't going to be expecting an iPod or a Sony, so this little baby may be great for your pocket in many different ways.