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In the MP3 player battleground, Transcend has been known to provide value-for-money players that are good enough to do the job. Does the latest MP330 fall in the same category? Find out!
By Ashish Koshy | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2010 02:05 PM IST
In the MP3 player battleground, Transcend has been known to provide value-for-money players that are good enough to do the job. Does the latest MP330 fall in the same category? Read on to find out!



Design

This is probably one of the smallest MP3 players that you can get with a decent OLED display. Shaped like a pen-drive, the left side is a USB connector with a cap, which is meant to transfer data and charge the device once plugged into your computer. There’s a 1 inch-wide White Monochrome OLED display with a resolution of 128x32, which can be seen in any kind of light. On the right there is a four-way key with a play / pause button in the middle. The up and down keys are for the volume while the left and right keys are for navigation through tracks and in the main menu as well. Also on the right side are the audio and line-in ports. On top of the player, there is one button for recording, one for going back to the previous menu and another button to lock the device when you’re playing it. It is quite light at 25 g.



You get a pair of earphones, a neck strap, a sport clip and a line-in cable bundled with the player. Overall, it’s portable, sleek and easy to carry around, especially with the neck strap and the sport clip, which ensures you don’t lose it in a crowded train!



Performance


The display of the screen is clear and bright and the fonts are legible, so even if you are out in the sun, you don’t have to shield the player to see what to play. With a capacity of 8 GB, there is no dearth of the amount of music that you can store, which also means that you can use it to transfer data.



The quality of music playback is one of the good points of this player and could have been even better, if it wasn’t for the bundled earphones. With better quality earphones, the music is loud and clear, though the bass is not too high. Playback time is a good 11 hours and 30 minutes. The FM receiver doesn’t do too well, because there’s a lot of trouble in getting clear signals in open places. The recording, done in WAV format, is nice as it picks up sound from a distance also. It plays MP3, FLAC, WAV and WMA-DRM10 formats, which are the common ones. The downside is the time it takes to transfer files to the device, which is a little longer than usual.



Apart from the earphones and the time taken to transfer files, the MP330 surely gives you a neat performance.

What we like
Huge capacity
Portable and sleek
Clear display

What we don’t
Long transfer time
Earphones could be better

Verdict
At a price tag of Rs 3,450, you can’t ask for more than this. If you shell out some more and buy a different pair of earphones, the experience can be very satisfying. The downside is the transfer time but a capacity of 8 GB is quite nice for any MP3 player. It’s worth a buy from your first salary to a loved one or even to yourself. With two years of warranty you won’t have to worry about it too much for some time!

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