Product Type: Sweex MP3 players
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Nice design, poor features and not very hard-wearing
Sweex Clipz MP3 Player MP311
Member Name: tirial
Sweex Clipz MP3 Player MP311
Advantages: Very nice design
Disadvantages: Limited functionality, not very durable.
I bought the silver version, and out of the box it looks great: slick, modern and easy to use. The back is taken up with a large clip, designed for pockets or belt loops, while the front has the controls in the almost standard circle layout most MP3 users will be used to. It is a very nice design: the clip is well designed and doesn't spring off easily, so you don't need to worry about losing the player, and the controls are easy to tell by touch without looking.
As far as functionality goes, it is a very basic MP3 player: no shuffle, no radio, storage is inbuilt and not expandable, and no variable playlists. The internal battery gives about 5 hours play, acceptable but not outstanding, and is recharged by USB, although it does seem to take a while to recharge. Very easy to use, it is plug-and-play with most computers, and you copy tracks across with no specialist syncing software required. The tracks play in the order they are on the player.
Durability was a problem for me. I'll admit I give my players a lot of use, but this failed a long time before I expected it to. After a few uses, the controls started to slip slightly - hitting buttons would produce the wrong effects. Not something you expect in the first month. By the second, the player was refusing to charge and I had to have it replaced. The replacement suffered similar issues. The cheaper own brand player I bought to replace that one is still going fine. If you give your MP3 light use, to-and-from work on the train or walking it would probably be fine, but this isn't one for heavy use.
My real problem reviewing this item is that there is nothing outstanding about this player, not features, durability, or even value for money. It's a basic MP3 player with no extra features. That's it. It's not a particularly bad product, it's just that if you are looking for a basic MP3 player for a low price there are better alternatives on the market.
Summary: Nice design doesn't make up for basic features and fraility.
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