NEON 4in1 128MB MP3 Player - Page 3
The Neon 4 in 1 MP3 Player stores the audio/data files in flash memory. The
sample that arrived in our labs had a capacity of 128MB, but there is also
model available. While 128MB might appear small to many of you, you can easily
about 2-3 hours of music (128Kbps MP3 format). This depends mostly on the bitrate
of the stored music. The greater the bitrate (and hence quality) of the mp3
files you store, the less playback
time will be available. But if you feel you have a greater need for storage
space, you can go for the larger capacity model. Apart from the difference
space, all models in the series are identical. Bear in mind though, that this
device can only playback music files encoded with the MP3 format.
The main advantage of players that use flash memory instead of a CDROM reader is completely flawless playback without skips. Since the player does not have any moving mechanical parts (like the optical pickup that a CDROM reader has), there is no need for skip protection mechanisms. Playback is smooth, and skipping between tracks is almost instantaneous. So you can use the player without annoying skips while jogging, or doing any activity that requires rapid movement.
There is another advantage as well, that stems from the lack of mechanical
parts. Power consumption is much less than a CDROM reader based player. This
is the case with the Neon 4 in 1 MP3 Player as well. It operates on a single
AAA size battery, which will give you many hours of playback time. In our tests
, we managed to get a little more than 13 hours of playback. Listening to FM
radio consumes even less power so you will get even more playback time than
The Neon 4 in 1 MP3 Player is controlled through two rows of small buttons/switches,
located lengthwise on either side of the device. All the Neon 4 in 1 MP3 Player's
functions are controlled from here. The 30 page user manual that is included,
will help you configure and use the Neon 4 in 1 MP3
Player without much hassle.
On the top side we can see (from left to right) the power on/off switch, the
lock/unclock switch, the stop button, and the builtin microphone (holes under
the "MIC" label). The lock unclock switch has two uses, depending
whether you are listening to music or using it as a removable disc in your
PC. In the former case, it locks the device's controls so that no button can
be accidentally pressed. In the latter case, it serves as a write protect switch
that prevents any modification to the data that exists on the device, operating
in the same manner as the switch that exists on floppy discs.
On the bottom side, we can see (from left to right) the menu button, the skip
forward button, the play/pause button, and the skip backwards button. Despite
what the arrows show, the device does not offer a fast-forward function. This
means that you have no way of skipping to the middle of a song for example.
The skip forward/backwards buttons also serve as volume up/down buttons when
pressed for more than 1 second.
On the the left and right extremes of this oval shaped device, you will
find the earphone jack and the USB connector, respectively. To expose the USB
you need to remove the cap. Because of the cap's small size, it can
get easily lost/misplaced, so be extra careful.
On the front side, there is the LCD screen, which is backlit with a neutral
blue light. The device's LCD screen is quite readable under low light conditions.
Below you can see snapshots from the Flash Recorder's menu functions: