I'd like to share my view of a very fine low-end (maybe mid) personal audio/video player I've bought recently, the Teac MP-450. I was lucky enough to get a 40% sale on it in an online store so that I got an awesome player for a really low price, great deal indeed. Nevertheless, even if you have to buy it for the usual price at about 100-130$ (1GB version), it's still worth the money I would say. Now to the main features.
Although some reviewers expressed their doubts about its design, especially the placement of the buttons when compared to the high-end devices, I must say that I actually do like it and don't have the least problem with the easy navigation at all. There are 3 color versions of this smallish block that you can choose from - black-silver, graphite and pink.
Since the size is really tiny (70 x 43 x 11.5 mm), you'd have no trouble carrying it anywhere.
The supported formats are MP3, WMA (DRM 9&10), AVI, JPG, TXT, VRA which is enough to have fun with it. Videos need to be converted to a particular AVI format/size to be played on a 2-inch display with 262 000 colors. Details in the videos played on this device are fairly sufficient to watch just about anything on the go in a very good picture quality. Images can be of any size. Listen to the radio using built-in FM tuner, read lyrics or any other text file in a text viewer or record the surroundings using a miniature mike inside the device.
Just note that the quality of recording isn't too high if you don't put it near the source so that you shouldn't be disappointed later on. Built-in Li-Pol accumulator can support this device for up to 15 hours and can be recharged very quickly via USB link (standalone recharger is not included in the package). I'd also recommend buying other earphones than the default ones because they lower the playback quality a little bit.
Other functions of this player would be support for ID3 tags, 8-mode equalizer including one dedicated to your custom settings, 3 bookmarks in text files, support for language study (meaning several ways of repeating) and a single preinstalled game - Tetris. For its price/function rate this little entertainer is a very good choice and has been serving me very well for several weeks. I don't have a single complaint myself.
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