Date: November 12th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Samsung
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SETUP
Just what do I get?
The package includes two "AAA" batteries, the users manual
(you will use this twice), a warranty card, a set of decent earbud headphones,
a arm strap for the athletic runners (I won't be using it! ;) ), a carrying
case with belt clip, a USB cable for loading songs and the actual player
itself. Now one thing that confused me was the whereabouts of the driver
and application CD. I searched and searched and finally tore the package
apart to find the mini CD enclosed within the base. I found it a little
humorous ripping the package apart in frustration, but in the end, I guess
I was suffering from a mild case of localized retardation =D.
One of the advantages of this player is its size and weight. As you can
see by the photo, this little unit is indeed tiny and I can tell you from
experience that the majority of the weight is contained within the batteries
themselves and not the actual player. On the downside, the unit doesn't
have a place to put in any optional memory, so you will be stuck with
only 64megs of memory. Mind you, that internal 64megs should enable you
to store close to 25-30 songs if you stick to 128 kbit/sec mp3 format.
Turning the unit over on its side will reveal the USB connection, the
mode button for accessing the settings within the player, and the main
control toggle which allows you to forward tracks, scroll through the
menu options and/or change the radio station. I will not be going through
the menu options in this player due to the fact that there is indeed too
many and the size of this review would expand from a three page document
to a 6-7 page review. The manual does an amazing job helping you with
the features and curiosity will teach you the features quite quickly.
One of the unique features included is the capability to digitally record
your voice or covertly record someone else's while looking like you are
listening to music. The active range is about 5 feet and anything beyond
that is too faint to make out. Now most people won't use this option,
but it could come in handy for reminding yourself with a voice memo while
listening to music or for recording a small meeting etc.
Samsung was smart enough to include a handy carrying case for transporting
the unit. This is indeed a great idea. Most MP3 players lately come with
that crappy wrist strap that I find useless and in so many words is a
little feminine for my taste and offers no shock protection.
Now, strap on the arm band and you can have "hands-free" listening
while you go on your morning jog. As said before, I am in no way a jogger,
so this was not field tested. Heh!