Direc F1356 MP3 player review

Direc was one of the last companies to enter the Russian market, which is already unusually saturated with MP3 players. It has chosen a wide product line as an instrument in its hard struggle for the consumer, including models on different types of media (CD/DVD, Flash, HDD), as well as models oriented to different price segments. The player, which will be discussed in this article, belongs to the average price level, it is F1356, a compact model with built-in Flash memory (512 MB or 1 GB) with a color OLED display.

The device is packaged in a fairly large, colorful box. There are no complaints about its execution or printing, everything here is at a high level. However, a number of blunders in the description attract attention. For example, a display diagonal of 1.2 inches is declared, with a real size of 0.95 inches, that is, the figure is overestimated by as much as a quarter. The lithium polymer battery is designated "Li-ion". The aluminum used in the case is symbolized by the pictogram "Fe" (the chemical element "iron"). Some of these inaccuracies are made out of ignorance, some are marketing "cunning", but all together it leaves not the most pleasant impression. The company's marketers should have worked a little more on the informational component of the packaging. Russia, of course, is not America, but even here you can face a lawsuit for providing knowingly false information.

In this box with a cute design but conflicting content, we find:

  • The player itself;
  • Colorful user manual;
  • CD with Windows 98 drivers and Tmusic shell;
  • Headphones of average quality, copying the design of the Sennheiser MX series;
  • USB cable;
  • Poor quality synthetic lanyard for wearing the device around the neck;
  • Synthetic bag, again of poor quality, for storing the player, a bit too big for it;
  • A wall charger to charge the player from the mains via USB.

The set is not bad, the presence of a charger pleases, the poor quality of the bag and lace upsets, the rest is at the usual average level.

The design of the player is quite standard, although not without some originality. The device has the shape of a flat (about 1.5 cm thick) box with rounded ends. On the left and right sides, the case is thinner, which makes its shape more interesting and creates the illusion of less thickness.

The design of the case consists of a "central compartment" made of medium quality plastic (it houses all the circuitry), and a rear plate made of aluminum. On the front side there is a decorative metal rim. The thickness of aluminum is small (around 0.1 mm), so there is a risk of dents when dropped. The decorative bezel and backplate are snap-fastened, which creates the risk of them separating from the player in the event of a strong impact. In general, the sensations from the case are positive, the parts fit snugly together, there is no play, the gaps are minimal. The player is non-marking, less vulnerable to scratches and abrasions, except, perhaps, for the area of ​​the front panel around the joystick, which is a painted plastic. The weight of the device is negligible, the dimensions are compact.

A horizontally oriented display is traditionally located on the front panel and a joystick is located to the right of it. The display is also traditionally covered with a mirrored acrylic panel, which creates the effect of a "magic mirror". It should be noted that almost no fingerprints remain on the mirror panel.

The top side of the player is occupied by the "play" and "record" buttons. Below are: a USB connector, a sliding key lock switch, a Reset button. In the middle of the left side is a headphone jack, next to it is a hole for the built-in microphone. In the center of the right end there is an eyelet for attaching a lace.

The player's display is made using OLED technology (organic light-emitting diodes). According to the "passport" it displays up to 65 thousand colors and has a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels, allowing you to place up to four lines of text on it. The contrast of the display, as always with OLED, is on the level, but there are problems with the brightness. The fact that the display itself is not too bright is only half the trouble. The mirror panel that covers it does its job so well that in a more or less daylight-lit room on the front panel you will not find anything but your own reflection. There is no need to talk about the street on a bright sunny day. More or less decent display is visible only under artificial lighting or in the dark. Color reproduction is also lame: all colors are rather faded, the mirrored panel only exacerbates this fact. Certain problems with color reproduction in the transitions from green to blue are also noticeable. The strength of the display is only the lack of problems with viewing angles, which is usual for OLED.

The joystick of the device is standard, 4-position with pressing. It is distinguished simply by a huge head-knob, flat and diamond-shaped. In addition, it protrudes quite strongly above the front surface of the player, due to the fact that in its vicinity it goes down. All this makes it convenient to work, especially blindly. The downside is only a short stroke when pressed. The buttons are standard, somewhat small compared to the end on which they are located. Nevertheless, they clearly fix pressing and are quite comfortable. The unusually tight key switch attracts attention, in order to change its position, you have to make considerable efforts.

The player's connectors are standard, they are a stereo 3.5 mm mini-jack for connecting headphones and a mini-USB type B for connecting the player to a computer or charger. If the player is worn around the neck, the headphone jack is at the bottom, which is not very convenient. The USB connector is covered with a rubber plug, the strength of which is not optimistic when attached to the case.

Management and navigation

Player control has traditional elements, in particular, it is carried out with a joystick. At the same time, the manufacturer has introduced many changes to the management process, most of which are undeniable.

The player has six modes of operation: music, recording, radio, text, photo, settings. They are accessed through a horizontal menu organized according to the “one point on the display” principle. Once in the items "music", "text" and "photo", we get into the mode of navigating through files and folders, while only files supported in this mode are visible. These files can be selected with the joystick. The "Play" button opens the selected file, pressing the joystick allows you to select an operation with it: open, read information about it, delete - from the menu. To return to the mode selection menu, you must first return to the file and folder navigation mode, then use the joystick to go to the top level of folders to the “stop”. The "settings" item allows you to configure the general parameters of the player. They are grouped into a vertical menu, also made according to the “one item on the display” principle. The settings are standard, only the ability to choose the color scheme of the interface attracts attention. In addition, each operating mode also has its own menu of parameter settings that apply only to it.

An unpleasant moment is the spartan design of most player modes, often just letters on a white background. The icons of the mode selection menu are drawn more or less decently, the settings menu is seriously inferior. In general, the potential of a color OLED display with 65 thousand colors is used no more than 5% without inertia and problems with viewing angles.

The menu is Russified, the quality of Russification is C grade. Some items are not named correctly, some names are too long or confusing. The font is quite large and readable, but not very successful, with such a size of symbols, the use of serifs is not very advisable. In addition, Russian and Latin fonts look different: Latin thick and sans-serif, Russian thin and serif. As a result, the file name might look something like this: "Song.mp3".

Music

The player is built on the Sigmatel 3505L platform, which results in good sound quality, smooth, without distortion and uneven frequency response. True, there is a common problem with low-cost solutions based on this hardware: a quiet high-frequency background noise that is noticeable on sensitive headphones. The power of the D1356 audio path is low, one of the lowest on the market. The declared value of 4 mW per channel is probably not far from the truth. As a result, this player can only be recommended for use with "ears" with an impedance of no more than 16 ohms, especially in noisy environments.

There is support for MP3, WMA and WAV file formats. This is a standard, even good, set. All varieties of MP3 are supported, WMA - up to 320 kb / s and 48 kHz, WAV - PCM and ADPCM.

The player supports MP3 tags of all versions, as well as WMA tags. The artist name and album name are displayed, they scroll sequentially after the file name on a single ticker. Scrolling is slow, so sometimes you have to listen to the whole song to the end to find out the name of the album.

A five-band equalizer is available with seven presets and customization options. Some presets, such as "bass" and "treble", are not very pleasant to listen to: the sound is unnatural.

Unfortunately, during playback, the player practically does not display any information about the track being played, only its name. This is especially striking against the background of a half-empty display.

In general, the information content of the display is depressing: even the volume level is not displayed! It can only be seen when the user starts raising or lowering the volume, and on a separate screen.

Radio

The creators of the player obviously really wanted to make it control uniform. But in radio mode there cannot be a file menu, so a list of memorized frequencies took its place - this is what we see when entering radio mode. Those for whom Direc became the first MP3 player will take it calmly, the rest will be surprised not to see the usual frequency scale. It is here, but access to it is possible only through the menu (“manual setting” item). When we get there, we will see that we have at our disposal FM frequencies from 87.5 to 108 MHz, between which we can move in 0.1 MHz steps. Auto-search and memorization of frequencies is possible. You can enter up to 30 of them as a maximum - a good indicator that allows you to remember most of the Moscow FM band.

The quality of the tuner can be called average. About half of the stations are received with little interference. It is curious that the player does not reproduce strong interference and noise: if it does not detect a clear signal on a frequency, we will hear only silence. This silence was heard instead of three stations of the Moscow FM band.

Recording from the radio is in the WAV ADPCM format, which is not the best suited for this purpose. Because of this, the results of recording music are not recommended for listening. For recording speech (news, etc.) may be suitable. The quality is not configurable: the bitrate is always 180 kb/s, stereo format, 22 kHz sampling. This gives about 12 hours of recording on 1 GB of memory.

Record

The Sigmatel 3505L platform does not allow encoding to MP3 format, which is why recording is made to ADPCM format. Under these conditions, the line input becomes unclaimed, it is absent. The recording is made from the built-in microphone.

You can start recording either from the playback mode by selecting the "Start" menu item, or from any mode by pressing the "Record" button.

The recording quality is configurable, it can be 32, 89 and 129 kb/s, designated as low, medium and high, respectively. 1 GB of memory will fit a minimum of 18 hours of recording, a maximum of 72 hours.

The player offers good recording quality from the built-in microphone, its sensitivity is good, and the noise is low. The microphone is isolated from the body, so vibrations and noises on the surface of the body hardly interfere with recording. At a distance of up to 6 meters, you can successfully record a voice of medium volume.

Connecting to a computer

The player connects to the computer via a USB bus. Windows Me, 2000 and XP operating systems recognize it as a mobile drive and work with it without installing additional drivers. Copying content from the player and to it can be done using standard OS tools or the included Tmusic shell.

The Sigmatel 3505L implements a USB 2.0 Full Speed ​​controller, which corresponds to the speed of USB 1.1. The average write speed to the player is 781 kb / s, the read speed from the player is 926 kb / s. As you can see, this is the speed of USB 1.1, the inscription USB 2.0, thus, de facto does not correspond to reality and is in the nature of another marketing "cunning". The inscription USB 2.0 in advertising and on the box promises a user inexperienced in tricky specifications with higher speed than using the old USB 1.1, but, as we see, this promise is not kept. Formally, the letter of the law is observed - the USB 2.0 standard is used, although its “younger” version (Full Speed). But the user, forced, as of old, to wait for 1 GB of memory to fill up as much as 20 minutes, this does not make it any easier. In this case, the manufacturer somewhat unscrupulously uses the confusion in the naming of standards for marketing purposes, it is impossible to prohibit this, but it should be condemned ...

The Tmusic shell allows you to transfer music to the player, compress Audio CD to WAV or MP3 format. This is far from iTunes, and it makes no sense to dwell on it in detail. The software package also includes a program for downloading lyrics to the player, which it can display on the display during playback. This procedure requires manual synchronization of the text with the music and is therefore quite laborious. There are no servers in Russia from which you can download ready-made synchronized texts, and the demand for this function is questionable.

Food

The player is powered by a built-in 580 mAh Li-Pol battery. The battery is charged via a USB bus from a computer or the included charger. To start charging, after connecting the player, you need to press the “play” key, which is unusual, but helps not to reduce the battery life once again.

At medium volume and low display brightness, the player can play MP3 files for 12 hours. Today, this is a very low figure.

Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half, both from a computer and from a wall charger.

Additional features

Additional features in the player are implemented by supporting two additional content types: text and images.

Text Preview

As part of this functionality, the player displays text files on a 4-line display. TXT format is supported in ANSI and UNICODE encodings. Russian texts are supported without problems. Paragraphs are displayed adequately.

The function has been expanded with the ability to bookmark and return to them with the ability to quickly jump to a specific page (sorry, there is no page number display), text autoscroll. There is no progress bar. It is possible to listen to music while reading.

All this functional splendor is not in much demand due to the small size of the display and was clearly created by the manufacturer "for growth", in anticipation of players with large screens. On this device, it makes sense to use this function only for viewing short notes.

Image preview

The player only supports the BMP format. Since the vast majority of cameras shoot in JPG format, it is not entirely correct to talk about this function as a “photo viewing” function. It is unlikely that someone will take the trouble to convert their photos to BMP format just to admire them on a 0.9-inch display with a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels. Where can a user get BMP files from? From the Internet? No, GIF, JPG and PNG formats rule the ball there. From a camera? As we already understood - also no. What remains is Microsoft Paint.

Those who decide to admire their masterpieces created in Microsoft Paint will be able to use several additional features. It is a slideshow with adjustable interval and zoom function. The latter is implemented in a very original way: it either shows an image scaled to the size of the display, or a section of the image in its original size - there is no third option. However, in the second case, you can move around the image using the joystick.

Summary

First, dispassionately list the pros:

  • Compact size and light weight
  • Nice, original design
  • OLED color display
  • Good sound quality
  • Good equipment
  • The display hopelessly "blinds" in the sun
  • Non-standard, inconvenient control
  • Poor, ugly interface
  • Low audio output power
  • Computer communication is slow
  • Short battery life Honda CR-V 2014 Silver
  • Write to ADPCM format only

Let's add features, the demand for which and/or the quality of implementation are questionable:

  • Show lyrics on display
  • Text viewer
  • Image viewer

As you can see, the list of cons is more impressive. Be that as it may, you can add the “low price” item to the list of pluses - in Moscow retail, a device with 512 MB of memory on board costs about 3,000 rubles.

Direc F1356 MP3 player review

Direc was one of the last companies to enter the Russian market, which is already unusually saturated with MP3 players. It has chosen a wide product line as an instrument in its hard struggle for the consumer, including models on different types of media (CD/DVD, Flash, HDD), as well as models oriented to different price segments. The player, which will be discussed in this article, belongs to the average price level, it is F1356, a compact model with built-in Flash memory (512 MB or 1 GB) with a color OLED display.

The device is packaged in a fairly large, colorful box. There are no complaints about its execution or printing, everything here is at a high level. However, a number of blunders in the description attract attention. For example, a display diagonal of 1.2 inches is declared, with a real size of 0.95 inches, that is, the figure is overestimated by as much as a quarter. The lithium polymer battery is designated "Li-ion". The aluminum used in the case is symbolized by the pictogram "Fe" (the chemical element "iron"). Some of these inaccuracies are made out of ignorance, some are marketing "cunning", but all together it leaves not the most pleasant impression. The company's marketers should have worked a little more on the informational component of the packaging. Russia, of course, is not America, but even here you can face a lawsuit for providing knowingly false information.

In this box with a cute design but conflicting content, we find:

  • The player itself;
  • Colorful user manual;
  • CD with Windows 98 drivers and Tmusic shell;
  • Headphones of average quality, copying the design of the Sennheiser MX series;
  • USB cable;
  • Poor quality synthetic lanyard for wearing the device around the neck;
  • Synthetic bag, again of poor quality, for storing the player, a bit too big for it;
  • A wall charger to charge the player from the mains via USB.

The set is not bad, the presence of a charger pleases, the poor quality of the bag and lace upsets, the rest is at the usual average level.

The design of the player is quite standard, although not without some originality. The device has the shape of a flat (about 1.5 cm thick) box with rounded ends. On the left and right sides, the case is thinner, which makes its shape more interesting and creates the illusion of less thickness.

The design of the case consists of a "central compartment" made of medium quality plastic (it houses all the circuitry), and a rear plate made of aluminum. On the front side there is a decorative metal rim. The thickness of aluminum is small (around 0.1 mm), so there is a risk of dents when dropped. The decorative bezel and backplate are snap-fastened, which creates the risk of them separating from the player in the event of a strong impact. In general, the sensations from the case are positive, the parts fit snugly together, there is no play, the gaps are minimal. The player is non-marking, less vulnerable to scratches and abrasions, except, perhaps, for the area of ​​the front panel around the joystick, which is a painted plastic. The weight of the device is negligible, the dimensions are compact.

A horizontally oriented display is traditionally located on the front panel and a joystick is located to the right of it. The display is also traditionally covered with a mirrored acrylic panel, which creates the effect of a "magic mirror". It should be noted that almost no fingerprints remain on the mirror panel.

The top side of the player is occupied by the "play" and "record" buttons. Below are: a USB connector, a sliding key lock switch, a Reset button. In the middle of the left side is a headphone jack, next to it is a hole for the built-in microphone. In the center of the right end there is an eyelet for attaching a lace.

The player's display is made using OLED technology (organic light-emitting diodes). According to the "passport" it displays up to 65 thousand colors and has a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels, allowing you to place up to four lines of text on it. The contrast of the display, as always with OLED, is on the level, but there are problems with the brightness. The fact that the display itself is not too bright is only half the trouble. The mirror panel that covers it does its job so well that in a more or less daylight-lit room on the front panel you will not find anything but your own reflection. There is no need to talk about the street on a bright sunny day. More or less decent display is visible only under artificial lighting or in the dark. Color reproduction is also lame: all colors are rather faded, the mirrored panel only exacerbates this fact. Certain problems with color reproduction in the transitions from green to blue are also noticeable. The strength of the display is only the lack of problems with viewing angles, which is usual for OLED.

The joystick of the device is standard, 4-position with pressing. It stands out simply with a huge head-knob, flat and diamond-shaped. In addition, it protrudes quite strongly above the front surface of the player, due to the fact that in its vicinity it goes down. All this makes it convenient to work, especially blindly. The downside is only a short stroke when pressed. The buttons are standard, somewhat small compared to the end on which they are located. Nevertheless, they clearly fix pressing and are quite comfortable. The unusually tight key switch attracts attention, in order to change its position, you have to make considerable efforts.

The player's connectors are standard, they are a stereo 3.5 mm mini-jack for connecting headphones and a mini-USB type B for connecting the player to a computer or charger. If the player is worn around the neck, the headphone jack is at the bottom, which is not very convenient. The USB connector is covered with a rubber plug, the strength of which is not optimistic when attached to the case.

Management and navigation

Player control has traditional elements, in particular, it is carried out with a joystick. At the same time, the manufacturer has brought many changes to the management process, most of which are undeniable.

The player has six modes of operation: music, recording, radio, text, photo, settings. They are accessed through a horizontal menu organized according to the “one point on the display” principle. Once in the items "music", "text" and "photo", we get into the mode of navigating through files and folders, while only files supported in this mode are visible. These files can be selected with the joystick. The "Play" button opens the selected file, pressing the joystick allows you to select an operation with it: open, read information about it, delete - from the menu. To return to the mode selection menu, you must first return to the file and folder navigation mode, then use the joystick to go to the top level of folders to the “stop”. The "settings" item allows you to configure the general parameters of the player. They are grouped in a vertical menu, also made according to the principle of "one item on the display". The settings are standard, only the ability to choose the color scheme of the interface attracts attention. In addition, each operating mode also has its own menu of parameter settings that apply only to it.

An unpleasant moment is the spartan design of most player modes, often just letters on a white background. The icons of the mode selection menu are drawn more or less decently, the settings menu is seriously inferior. In general, the potential of a color OLED display with 65 thousand colors is used no more than 5% without inertia and problems with viewing angles.

The menu is Russified, the quality of Russification is C grade. Some items are not named correctly, some names are too long or confusing. The font is quite large and readable, but not very successful, with such a size of symbols, the use of serifs is not very advisable. In addition, Russian and Latin fonts look different: Latin thick and sans-serif, Russian thin and serif. As a result, the file name might look something like this: "Song.mp3".

Music

The player is built on the Sigmatel 3505L platform, which results in good sound quality, smooth, without distortion and uneven frequency response. True, there is a common problem with low-cost solutions based on this hardware: a quiet high-frequency background noise that is noticeable on sensitive headphones. The power of the D1356 audio path is low, one of the lowest on the market. The declared value of 4 mW per channel is probably not far from the truth. As a result, this player can only be recommended for use with "ears" with an impedance of no more than 16 ohms, especially in noisy environments.

Radio

The creators of the player obviously really wanted to make it control uniform. But in radio mode there cannot be a file menu, so a list of memorized frequencies took its place - this is what we see when entering radio mode. Those for whom Direc became the first MP3 player will take it calmly, the rest will be surprised not to see the usual frequency scale. It is here, but access to it is possible only through the menu ("manual setting" item). When we get there, we will see that we have at our disposal FM frequencies from 87.5 to 108 MHz, between which we can move in 0.1 MHz steps. Auto-search and memorization of frequencies is possible. You can enter up to 30 of them as a maximum - a good indicator that allows you to remember most of the Moscow FM band.

The quality of the tuner can be called average. About half of the stations are received with little interference. It is curious that the player does not reproduce strong interference and noise: if it does not detect a clear signal on a frequency, we will hear only silence. This silence was heard instead of three stations of the Moscow FM band.

Recording from the radio is in the WAV ADPCM format, which is not the best suited for this purpose. Because of this, the results of recording music are not recommended for listening. For recording speech (news, etc.) may be suitable. The quality is not configurable: the bitrate is always 180 kb/s, stereo format, 22 kHz sampling. This gives about 12 hours of recording on 1 GB of memory.

Record

The Sigmatel 3505L platform does not allow encoding to MP3 format, which is why recording is made to ADPCM format. Under these conditions, the line input becomes unclaimed, it is absent. The recording is made from the built-in microphone.

You can start recording either from the playback mode by selecting the "Start" menu item, or from any mode by pressing the "Record" button.

The recording quality is configurable, it can be 32, 89 and 129 kb/s, designated as low, medium and high, respectively. 1 GB of memory will fit a minimum of 18 hours of recording, a maximum of 72 hours.

The player offers good recording quality from the built-in microphone, its sensitivity is good, and the noise is low. The microphone is isolated from the body, so vibrations and noises on the surface of the body hardly interfere with recording. At a distance of up to 6 meters, you can successfully record a voice of medium volume.

Connecting to a computer

The player connects to the computer via a USB bus. Windows Me, 2000 and XP operating systems recognize it as a mobile drive and work with it without installing additional drivers. Copying content from the player and to it can be done using standard OS tools or the included Tmusic shell.

The Sigmatel 3505L implements a USB 2.0 Full Speed ​​controller, which corresponds to the speed of USB 1.1. The average write speed to the player is 781 kb / s, the read speed from the player is 926 kb / s. As you can see, this is the speed of USB 1.1, the inscription USB 2.0, thus, de facto does not correspond to reality and is in the nature of another marketing "cunning". The inscription USB 2.0 in advertising and on the box promises a user inexperienced in tricky specifications with higher speed than using the old USB 1.1, but, as we see, this promise is not kept. Formally, the letter of the law is observed - the USB 2.0 standard is used, although its “younger” version (Full Speed). But the user, forced, as of old, to wait for 1 GB of memory to fill up as much as 20 minutes, this does not make it any easier. In this case, the manufacturer somewhat unscrupulously uses the confusion in the naming of standards for marketing purposes, it is impossible to prohibit this, but it should be condemned ...

The Tmusic shell allows you to transfer music to the player, compress Audio CD to WAV or MP3 format. This is far from iTunes, and it makes no sense to dwell on it in detail. The software package also includes a program for downloading lyrics to the player, which it can display on the display during playback. This procedure requires manual synchronization of the text with the music and is therefore quite laborious. There are no servers in Russia from which you can download ready-made synchronized texts, and the demand for this function is questionable.

Food

The player is powered by a built-in 580 mAh Li-Pol battery. The battery is charged via a USB bus from a computer or the included charger. To start charging, after connecting the player, you need to press the “play” key, which is unusual, but helps not to reduce the battery life once again.

At medium volume and low display brightness, the player can play MP3 files for 12 hours. Today, this is a very low figure.

Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half, both from a computer and from a wall charger.

Additional features

Additional features in the player are implemented by supporting two additional content types: text and images.

Text Preview

As part of this functionality, the player displays text files on a 4-line display. TXT format is supported in ANSI and UNICODE encodings. Russian texts are supported without problems. Paragraphs are displayed adequately.

The function has been expanded with the ability to bookmark and return to them with the ability to quickly jump to a specific page (sorry, there is no page number display), text autoscroll. There is no progress bar. It is possible to listen to music while reading.

All this functional splendor is not in much demand due to the small size of the display and was clearly created by the manufacturer "for growth", in anticipation of players with large screens. On this device, it makes sense to use this function only for viewing short notes.

Image preview

The player only supports the BMP format. Since the vast majority of cameras shoot in JPG format, it is not entirely correct to talk about this function as a “photo viewing” function. It is unlikely that someone will take the trouble to convert their photos to BMP format just to admire them on a 0.9-inch display with a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels. Where can a user get BMP files from? From the Internet? No, GIF, JPG and PNG formats rule the ball there. From a camera? As we already understood - also not. What remains is Microsoft Paint.

Those who decide to admire their masterpieces created in Microsoft Paint will be able to use several additional features. It is a slideshow with adjustable interval and zoom function. The latter is implemented in a very original way: it either shows an image scaled to the size of the display, or a section of the image in its original size - there is no third option. However, in the second case, you can move around the image using the joystick.

Summary

First, dispassionately list the pros:

  • Compact size and light weight
  • Nice, original design
  • OLED color display
  • Good sound quality
  • Good equipment
  • The display hopelessly "blinds" in the sun
  • Non-standard, inconvenient control
  • Poor, ugly interface
  • Low audio output power
  • Computer communication is slow
  • Short battery life Honda CR-V 2014 Silver
  • Write to ADPCM format only

Let's add features, the demand for which and/or the quality of implementation are questionable:

  • Show lyrics on display
  • Text viewer
  • Image viewer

As you can see, the list of cons is more impressive. Be that as it may, you can add the “low price” item to the list of pluses - in Moscow retail, a device with 512 MB of memory on board costs about 3,000 rubles.

Direc F1356 MP3 player review

Direc was one of the last companies to enter the Russian market, which is already unusually saturated with MP3 players. It has chosen a wide product line as an instrument in its hard struggle for the consumer, including models on different types of media (CD/DVD, Flash, HDD), as well as models oriented to different price segments. The player, which will be discussed in this article, belongs to the average price level, it is F1356, a compact model with built-in Flash memory (512 MB or 1 GB) with a color OLED display.

The device is packaged in a fairly large, colorful box. There are no complaints about its execution or printing, everything here is at a high level. However, a number of blunders in the description attract attention. For example, a display diagonal of 1.2 inches is declared, with a real size of 0.95 inches, that is, the figure is overestimated by as much as a quarter. The lithium polymer battery is designated "Li-ion". The aluminum used in the case is symbolized by the pictogram "Fe" (the chemical element "iron"). Some of these inaccuracies are made out of ignorance, some are marketing "cunning", but all together it leaves not the most pleasant impression. The company's marketers should have worked a little more on the informational component of the packaging. Russia, of course, is not America, but even here you can face a lawsuit for providing knowingly false information.

In this box with a cute design but conflicting content, we find:

  • The player itself;
  • Colorful user manual;
  • CD with Windows 98 drivers and Tmusic shell;
  • Headphones of average quality, copying the design of the Sennheiser MX series;
  • USB cable;
  • Poor quality synthetic lanyard for wearing the device around the neck;
  • Synthetic bag, again of poor quality, for storing the player, a bit too big for it;
  • A wall charger to charge the player from the mains via USB.

The set is not bad, the presence of a charger pleases, the poor quality of the bag and lace upsets, the rest is at the usual average level.

The design of the player is quite standard, although not without some originality. The device has the shape of a flat (about 1.5 cm thick) box with rounded ends. On the left and right sides, the case is thinner, which makes its shape more interesting and creates the illusion of less thickness.

The design of the case consists of a "central compartment" made of medium quality plastic (it houses all the circuitry), and a rear plate made of aluminum. On the front side there is a decorative metal rim. The thickness of aluminum is small (around 0.1 mm), so there is a risk of dents when dropped. The decorative bezel and backplate are snap-fastened, which creates the risk of them separating from the player in the event of a strong impact. In general, the sensations from the case are positive, the parts fit snugly together, there is no play, the gaps are minimal. The player is non-marking, less vulnerable to scratches and abrasions, except, perhaps, for the area of ​​the front panel around the joystick, which is a painted plastic. The weight of the device is negligible, the dimensions are compact.

A horizontally oriented display is traditionally located on the front panel and a joystick is located to the right of it. The display is also traditionally covered with a mirrored acrylic panel, which creates the effect of a "magic mirror". It should be noted that almost no fingerprints remain on the mirror panel.

The top side of the player is occupied by the "play" and "record" buttons. Below are: a USB connector, a sliding key lock switch, a Reset button. In the middle of the left side is a headphone jack, next to it is a hole for the built-in microphone. In the center of the right end there is an eyelet for attaching a lace.

The player's display is made using OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. According to the "passport" it displays up to 65 thousand colors and has a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels, allowing you to place up to four lines of text on it. The contrast of the display, as always with OLED, is on the level, but there are problems with the brightness. The fact that the display itself is not too bright is only half the trouble. The mirror panel that covers it does its job so well that in a more or less daylight-lit room on the front panel you will not find anything but your own reflection. There is no need to talk about the street on a bright sunny day. More or less decent display is visible only under artificial lighting or in the dark. Color rendition is also lame: all colors are rather faded, the mirror panel only exacerbates this fact. Certain problems with color reproduction in the transitions from green to blue are also noticeable. The only strength of the display is the lack of problems with viewing angles, which is common for OLED.

The joystick of the device is standard, 4-position with pressing. It is distinguished simply by a huge head-knob, flat and diamond-shaped. In addition, it protrudes quite strongly above the front surface of the player, due to the fact that in its vicinity it goes down. All this makes it convenient to work, especially blindly. The downside is only a short stroke when pressed. The buttons are standard, somewhat small compared to the end on which they are located. Nevertheless, they clearly fix pressing and are quite comfortable. The unusually tight key switch attracts attention, in order to change its position, you have to make considerable efforts.

The player's connectors are standard, they are a stereo 3.5 mm mini-jack for connecting headphones and a mini-USB type B for connecting the player to a computer or charger. If the player is worn around the neck, the headphone jack is at the bottom, which is not very convenient. The USB connector is covered with a rubber plug, the strength of which is not optimistic when attached to the case.

Management and navigation

Player control has traditional elements, in particular, it is carried out with a joystick. At the same time, the manufacturer has introduced many changes to the management process, most of which are undeniable.

The player has six modes of operation: music, recording, radio, text, photo, settings. They are accessed through a horizontal menu organized according to the “one point on the display” principle. Once in the items "music", "text" and "photo", we get into the mode of navigating through files and folders, while only files supported in this mode are visible. These files can be selected with the joystick. The "Play" button opens the selected file, pressing the joystick allows you to select an operation with it: open, read information about it, delete - from the menu. To return to the mode selection menu, you must first return to the file and folder navigation mode, then use the joystick to go to the top level of folders to the “stop”. The "settings" item allows you to configure the general parameters of the player. They are grouped into a vertical menu, also made according to the “one item on the display” principle. The settings are standard, only the ability to choose the color scheme of the interface attracts attention. In addition, each operating mode also has its own menu of parameter settings that apply only to it.

An unpleasant moment is the spartan design of most player modes, often just letters on a white background. The icons of the mode selection menu are drawn more or less decently, the settings menu is seriously inferior. In general, the potential of a color OLED display with 65 thousand colors is used no more than 5% without inertia and problems with viewing angles.

The menu is Russified, the quality of Russification is C grade. Some items are not named correctly, some names are too long or confusing. The font is quite large and readable, but not very successful, with such a size of symbols, the use of serifs is not very advisable. In addition, Russian and Latin fonts look different: Latin thick and sans-serif, Russian thin and serif. As a result, the file name might look something like this: "Song.mp3".

Music

The player is built on the Sigmatel 3505L platform, which results in good sound quality, smooth, without distortion and uneven frequency response. True, there is a common problem with low-cost solutions based on this hardware: a quiet high-frequency background noise that is noticeable on sensitive headphones. The power of the D1356 audio path is low, one of the lowest on the market. The declared value of 4 mW per channel is probably not far from the truth. As a result, this player can only be recommended for use with "ears" with an impedance of no more than 16 ohms, especially in noisy environments.

There is support for MP3, WMA and WAV file formats. This is a standard, even good, set. All varieties of MP3 are supported, WMA - up to 320 kb / s and 48 kHz, WAV - PCM and ADPCM.

The player supports MP3 tags of all versions, as well as WMA tags. The artist name and album name are displayed, they scroll sequentially after the file name on a single ticker. Scrolling is slow, so sometimes you have to listen to the whole song to the end to find out the name of the album.

A five-band equalizer is available with seven presets and customization options. Some presets, such as "bass" and "treble", are not very pleasant to listen to: the sound is unnatural.

Unfortunately, during playback, the player practically does not display any information about the track being played, only its name. This is especially striking against the background of a half-empty display.

In general, the information content of the display is depressing: even the volume level is not displayed! It can only be seen when the user starts raising or lowering the volume, and on a separate screen.

Radio

The creators of the player obviously really wanted to make it control uniform. But in radio mode there cannot be a file menu, so a list of memorized frequencies took its place - this is what we see when entering radio mode. Those for whom Direc became the first MP3 player will take it calmly, the rest will be surprised not to see the usual frequency scale. It is here, but access to it is possible only through the menu (“manual setting” item). When we get there, we will see that we have at our disposal FM frequencies from 87.5 to 108 MHz, between which we can move in 0.1 MHz steps. Auto-search and memorization of frequencies is possible. You can enter up to 30 of them as a maximum - a good indicator that allows you to remember most of the Moscow FM band.

The quality of the tuner can be called average. About half of the stations are received with little interference. It is curious that the player does not reproduce strong interference and noise: if it does not detect a clear signal on a frequency, we will hear only silence. This silence was heard instead of three stations of the Moscow FM band.

Recording from the radio is in the WAV ADPCM format, which is not the best suited for this purpose. Because of this, the results of recording music are not recommended for listening. For recording speech (news, etc.) may be suitable. The quality is not configurable: the bitrate is always 180 kb/s, stereo format, 22 kHz sampling. This gives about 12 hours of recording on 1 GB of memory.

Record

The Sigmatel 3505L platform does not allow encoding to MP3 format, which is why recording is made to ADPCM format. Under these conditions, the line input becomes unclaimed, it is absent. The recording is made from the built-in microphone.

You can start recording either from the playback mode by selecting the "Start" menu item, or from any mode by pressing the "Record" button.

The recording quality is configurable, it can be 32, 89 and 129 kb/s, designated as low, medium and high, respectively. 1 GB of memory will fit a minimum of 18 hours of recording, a maximum of 72 hours.

The player offers good recording quality from the built-in microphone, its sensitivity is good, and the noise is low. The microphone is isolated from the body, so vibrations and noises on the surface of the body hardly interfere with recording. At a distance of up to 6 meters, you can successfully record a voice of medium volume.

Connecting to a computer

The player connects to the computer via a USB bus. Windows Me, 2000 and XP operating systems recognize it as a mobile drive and work with it without installing additional drivers. Copying content from the player and to it can be done using standard OS tools or the included Tmusic shell.

The Sigmatel 3505L implements a USB 2.0 Full Speed ​​controller, which corresponds to the speed of USB 1.1. The average write speed to the player is 781 kb / s, the read speed from the player is 926 kb / s. As you can see, this is the speed of USB 1.1, the inscription USB 2.0, thus, de facto does not correspond to reality and is in the nature of another marketing "cunning". The inscription USB 2.0 in advertising and on the box promises a user inexperienced in tricky specifications with higher speed than using the old USB 1.1, but, as we see, this promise is not kept. Formally, the letter of the law is observed - the USB 2.0 standard is used, although its “younger” version (Full Speed). But the user, forced, as of old, to wait for 1 GB of memory to fill up as much as 20 minutes, this does not make it any easier. In this case, the manufacturer somewhat unscrupulously uses the confusion in the naming of standards for marketing purposes, it is impossible to prohibit this, but it should be condemned ...

The Tmusic shell allows you to transfer music to the player, compress Audio CD to WAV or MP3 format. This is far from iTunes, and it makes no sense to dwell on it in detail. The software package also includes a program for downloading lyrics to the player, which it can display on the display during playback. This procedure requires manual synchronization of the text with the music and is therefore quite laborious. There are no servers in Russia from which you can download ready-made synchronized texts, and the demand for this function is questionable.

Food

The player is powered by a built-in 580 mAh Li-Pol battery. The battery is charged via a USB bus from a computer or the included charger. To start charging, after connecting the player, you need to press the “play” key, which is unusual, but helps not to reduce the battery life once again.

At medium volume and low display brightness, the player can play MP3 files for 12 hours. Today, this is a very low figure.

Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half, both from a computer and from a wall charger.

Additional features

Additional features in the player are implemented by supporting two additional content types: text and images.

Text Preview

As part of this functionality, the player displays text files on a 4-line display. TXT format is supported in ANSI and UNICODE encodings. Russian texts are supported without problems. Paragraphs are displayed adequately.

The function has been expanded with the ability to bookmark and return to them with the ability to quickly jump to a specific page (sorry, there is no page number display), text autoscroll. There is no progress bar. It is possible to listen to music while reading.

All this functional splendor is not in much demand due to the small size of the display and was clearly created by the manufacturer "for growth", in anticipation of players with large screens. On this device, it makes sense to use this function only for viewing short notes.

Image preview

The player only supports the BMP format. Since the vast majority of cameras shoot in JPG format, it is not entirely correct to talk about this function as a “photo viewing” function. It is unlikely that someone will take the trouble to convert their photos to BMP format just to admire them on a 0.9-inch display with a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels. Where can a user get BMP files from? From the Internet? No, GIF, JPG and PNG formats rule the ball there. From a camera? As we already understood - also no. What remains is Microsoft Paint.

Those who decide to admire their masterpieces created in Microsoft Paint will be able to use several additional features. It is a slideshow with adjustable interval and zoom function. The latter is implemented in a very original way: it either shows an image scaled to the size of the display, or a section of the image in its original size - there is no third option. However, in the second case, you can move around the image using the joystick.

Summary

First, dispassionately list the pros:

  • Compact size and light weight
  • Nice, original design
  • OLED color display
  • Good sound quality
  • Good equipment
  • The display hopelessly "blinds" in the sun
  • Non-standard, inconvenient control
  • Poor, ugly interface
  • Low audio output power
  • Computer communication is slow
  • Short battery life Honda CR-V 2014 Silver
  • Write to ADPCM format only

Let's add features, the demand for which and/or the quality of implementation are questionable:

  • Show lyrics on display
  • Text viewer
  • Image viewer

As you can see, the list of cons is more impressive. Be that as it may, you can add the “low price” item to the list of pluses - in Moscow retail, a device with 512 MB of memory on board costs about 3,000 rubles.

Direc F1356 MP3 player review

Direc was one of the last companies to enter the Russian market, which is already unusually saturated with MP3 players. It has chosen a wide product line as an instrument in its hard struggle for the consumer, including models on different types of media (CD/DVD, Flash, HDD), as well as models oriented to different price segments. The player, which will be discussed in this article, belongs to the average price level, it is F1356, a compact model with built-in Flash memory (512 MB or 1 GB) with a color OLED display.

The device is packaged in a fairly large, colorful box. There are no complaints about its execution or printing, everything here is at a high level. However, a number of blunders in the description attract attention. For example, a display diagonal of 1.2 inches is declared, with a real size of 0.95 inches, that is, the figure is overestimated by as much as a quarter. The lithium polymer battery is designated "Li-ion". The aluminum used in the case is symbolized by the pictogram "Fe" (the chemical element "iron"). Some of these inaccuracies are made out of ignorance, some are marketing "cunning", but all together it leaves not the most pleasant impression. The company's marketers should have worked a little more on the informational component of the packaging. Russia, of course, is not America, but even here you can face a lawsuit for providing knowingly false information.

In this box with cute design but conflicting content, we find:

  • The player itself;
  • Colorful user manual;
  • CD with Windows 98 drivers and Tmusic shell;
  • Headphones of average quality, copying the design of the Sennheiser MX series;
  • USB cable;
  • Poor quality synthetic cord for wearing the device around the neck;
  • Synthetic bag, again of poor quality, for storing the player, a bit too big for it;
  • A wall charger to charge the player from the mains via USB.

The set is not bad, the presence of a charger pleases, the poor quality of the bag and lace upsets, the rest is at the usual average level.

The design of the player is quite standard, although not without some originality. The device has the shape of a flat (about 1.5 cm thick) box with rounded ends. On the left and right sides, the case is thinner, which makes its shape more interesting and creates the illusion of less thickness.

The design of the case consists of a "central compartment" made of medium quality plastic (it houses all the circuitry), and a rear plate made of aluminum. On the front side there is a decorative metal rim. The thickness of aluminum is small (around 0.1 mm), so there is a risk of dents when dropped. The decorative bezel and backplate are snap-fastened, which creates the risk of them separating from the player in the event of a strong impact. In general, the sensations from the case are positive, the parts fit snugly together, there is no play, the gaps are minimal. The player is non-marking, less vulnerable to scratches and abrasions, except, perhaps, for the area of ​​the front panel around the joystick, which is a painted plastic. The weight of the device is negligible, the dimensions are compact.

A horizontally oriented display is traditionally located on the front panel and a joystick is located to the right of it. The display is also traditionally covered with a mirrored acrylic panel, which creates the effect of a "magic mirror". It should be noted that almost no fingerprints remain on the mirror panel.

The top side of the player is occupied by the "play" and "record" buttons. Below are: a USB connector, a sliding key lock switch, a Reset button. In the middle of the left side is a headphone jack, next to it is a hole for the built-in microphone. In the center of the right end there is an eyelet for attaching a lace.

The player's display is made using OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology. According to the "passport" it displays up to 65 thousand colors and has a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels, allowing you to place up to four lines of text on it. The contrast of the display, as always with OLED, is on the level, but there are problems with the brightness. The fact that the display itself is not too bright is only half the trouble. The mirror panel that covers it does its job so well that in a more or less daylight-lit room on the front panel you will not find anything but your own reflection. There is no need to talk about the street on a bright sunny day. More or less decent display is visible only under artificial lighting or in the dark. Color rendition is also lame: all colors are rather faded, the mirror panel only exacerbates this fact. Certain problems with color reproduction in the transitions from green to blue are also noticeable. The only strength of the display is the lack of problems with viewing angles, which is common for OLED.

The joystick of the device is standard, 4-position with pressing. It is distinguished simply by a huge head-knob, flat and diamond-shaped. In addition, it protrudes quite strongly above the front surface of the player, due to the fact that in its vicinity it goes down. All this makes it convenient to work, especially blindly. The downside is only a short stroke when pressed. The buttons are standard, somewhat small compared to the end on which they are located. Nevertheless, they clearly fix pressing and are quite comfortable. The unusually tight key switch attracts attention, in order to change its position, you have to make considerable efforts.

The player's connectors are standard, they are a stereo 3.5 mm mini-jack for connecting headphones and a mini-USB type B for connecting the player to a computer or charger. If the player is worn around the neck, the headphone jack is at the bottom, which is not very convenient. The USB connector is covered with a rubber plug, the strength of which is not optimistic when attached to the case.

Management and navigation

Player control has traditional elements, in particular, it is carried out with a joystick. At the same time, the manufacturer has brought many changes to the management process, most of which are undeniable.

The player has six modes of operation: music, recording, radio, text, photo, settings. They are accessed through a horizontal menu organized according to the “one point on the display” principle. Once in the items "music", "text" and "photo", we get into the mode of navigating through files and folders, while only files supported in this mode are visible. These files can be selected with the joystick. The "Play" button opens the selected file, pressing the joystick allows you to select an operation with it: open, read information about it, delete - from the menu. To return to the mode selection menu, you must first return to the file and folder navigation mode, then use the joystick to go to the top level of folders to the “stop”. The "settings" item allows you to configure the general parameters of the player. They are grouped in a vertical menu, also made according to the principle of "one item on the display". The settings are standard, only the ability to choose the color scheme of the interface attracts attention. In addition, each operating mode also has its own menu of parameter settings that apply only to it.

An unpleasant moment is the spartan design of most player modes, often just letters on a white background. The icons of the mode selection menu are drawn more or less decently, the settings menu is seriously inferior. In general, the potential of a color OLED display with 65 thousand colors is used no more than 5% without inertia and problems with viewing angles.

The menu is Russified, the quality of Russification is C grade. Some items are not named correctly, some names are too long or confusing. The font is quite large and readable, but not very successful, with such a size of symbols, the use of serifs is not very advisable. In addition, Russian and Latin fonts look different: Latin thick and sans-serif, Russian thin and serif. As a result, the file name might look something like this: "Song.mp3".

Music

The player is built on the Sigmatel 3505L platform, which results in good sound quality, smooth, without distortion and uneven frequency response. True, there is a common problem with low-cost solutions based on this hardware: a quiet high-frequency background noise that is noticeable on sensitive headphones. The power of the D1356 audio path is low, one of the lowest on the market. The declared value of 4 mW per channel is probably not far from the truth. As a result, this player can only be recommended for use with "ears" with an impedance of no more than 16 ohms, especially in noisy environments.

There is support for MP3, WMA and WAV file formats. This is a standard, even good, set. All varieties of MP3 are supported, WMA - up to 320 kb / s and 48 kHz, WAV - PCM and ADPCM.

The player supports MP3 tags of all versions, as well as WMA tags. The artist name and album name are displayed, they scroll sequentially after the file name on a single ticker. Scrolling is slow, so sometimes you have to listen to the whole song to the end to find out the name of the album.

A five-band equalizer is available with seven presets and customization options. Some presets, such as "bass" and "treble", are not very pleasant to listen to: the sound is unnatural.

Unfortunately, during playback, the player practically does not display any information about the track being played, only its name. This is especially striking against the background of a half-empty display.

In general, the information content of the display is depressing: even the volume level is not displayed! It can only be seen when the user starts raising or lowering the volume, and on a separate screen.

Radio

The creators of the player obviously really wanted to make it control uniform. But in radio mode there cannot be a file menu, so a list of memorized frequencies took its place - this is what we see when entering radio mode. Those for whom Direc became the first MP3 player will take it calmly, the rest will be surprised not to see the usual frequency scale. It is here, but access to it is possible only through the menu ("manual setting" item). When we get there, we will see that we have at our disposal FM frequencies from 87.5 to 108 MHz, between which we can move in 0.1 MHz steps. Auto-search and memorization of frequencies is possible. You can enter up to 30 of them as a maximum - a good indicator that allows you to remember most of the Moscow FM band.

The quality of the tuner can be called average. About half of the stations are received with little interference. It is curious that the player does not reproduce strong interference and noise: if it does not detect a clear signal on a frequency, we will hear only silence. This silence was heard instead of three stations of the Moscow FM band.

Recording from the radio is in the WAV ADPCM format, which is not the best suited for this purpose. Because of this, the results of recording music are not recommended for listening. For recording speech (news, etc.) may be suitable. The quality is not configurable: the bitrate is always 180 kb/s, stereo format, 22 kHz sampling. This gives about 12 hours of recording on 1 GB of memory.

Record

The Sigmatel 3505L platform does not allow encoding to MP3 format, which is why recording is made to ADPCM format. Under these conditions, the line input becomes unclaimed, it is absent. The recording is made from the built-in microphone.

You can start recording either from the playback mode by selecting the "Start" menu item, or from any mode by pressing the "Record" button.

The recording quality is configurable, it can be 32, 89 and 129 kb/s, designated as low, medium and high, respectively. 1 GB of memory will fit a minimum of 18 hours of recording, a maximum of 72 hours.

The player offers good recording quality from the built-in microphone, its sensitivity is good, and the noise is low. The microphone is isolated from the body, so vibrations and noises on the surface of the body hardly interfere with recording. At a distance of up to 6 meters, you can successfully record a voice of medium volume.

Connecting to a computer

The player connects to the computer via a USB bus. Windows Me, 2000 and XP operating systems recognize it as a mobile drive and work with it without installing additional drivers. Copying content from the player and to it can be done using standard OS tools or the included Tmusic shell.

The Sigmatel 3505L implements a USB 2.0 Full Speed ​​controller, which corresponds to the speed of USB 1.1. The average write speed to the player is 781 kb / s, the read speed from the player is 926 kb / s. As you can see, this is the speed of USB 1.1, the inscription USB 2.0, thus, de facto does not correspond to reality and is in the nature of another marketing "cunning". The inscription USB 2.0 in advertising and on the box promises a user inexperienced in tricky specifications with higher speed than using the old USB 1.1, but, as we see, this promise is not kept. Formally, the letter of the law is observed - the USB 2.0 standard is used, although its “younger” version (Full Speed). But the user, forced, as of old, to wait for 1 GB of memory to fill up as much as 20 minutes, this does not make it any easier. In this case, the manufacturer somewhat unscrupulously uses the confusion in the naming of standards for marketing purposes, it is impossible to prohibit this, but it should be condemned ...

The Tmusic shell allows you to transfer music to the player, compress Audio CD to WAV or MP3 format. This is far from iTunes, and it makes no sense to dwell on it in detail. The software package also includes a program for downloading lyrics to the player, which it can display on the display during playback. This procedure requires manual synchronization of the text with the music and is therefore quite laborious. There are no servers in Russia from which you can download ready-made synchronized texts, and the demand for this function is questionable.

Food

The player is powered by a built-in 580 mAh Li-Pol battery. The battery is charged via a USB bus from a computer or the included charger. To start charging, after connecting the player, you need to press the “play” key, which is unusual, but helps not to reduce the battery life once again.

At medium volume and low display brightness, the player can play MP3 files for 12 hours. Today, this is a very low figure.

Charging the battery takes about an hour and a half, both from a computer and from a wall charger.

Additional features

Additional features in the player are implemented by supporting two additional content types: text and images.

Text Preview

As part of this functionality, the player displays text files on a 4-line display. TXT format is supported in ANSI and UNICODE encodings. Russian texts are supported without problems. Paragraphs are displayed adequately.

The function has been expanded with the ability to bookmark and return to them with the ability to quickly jump to a specific page (sorry, there is no page number display), text autoscroll. There is no progress bar. It is possible to listen to music while reading.

All this functional splendor is not in much demand due to the small size of the display and was clearly created by the manufacturer "for growth", in anticipation of players with large screens. On this device, it makes sense to use this function only for viewing short notes.

Image preview

The player only supports the BMP format. Since the vast majority of cameras shoot in JPG format, it is not entirely correct to talk about this function as a “photo viewing” function. It is unlikely that someone will take the trouble to convert their photos to BMP format just to admire them on a 0.9-inch display with a resolution of 96 by 64 pixels. Where can a user get BMP files from? From the Internet? No, GIF, JPG and PNG formats rule the ball there. From a camera? As we already understood - also no. What remains is Microsoft Paint.

Those who decide to admire their masterpieces created in Microsoft Paint will be able to use several additional features. It is a slideshow with adjustable interval and zoom function. The latter is implemented in a very original way: it either shows an image scaled to the size of the display, or a section of the image in its original size - there is no third option. However, in the second case, you can move around the image using the joystick.

Summary

First, dispassionately list the pros:

  • Compact size and light weight
  • Nice, original design
  • OLED color display
  • Good sound quality
  • Good equipment
  • The display hopelessly "blinds" in the sun
  • Non-standard, inconvenient control
  • Poor, ugly interface
  • Low audio output power
  • Computer communication is slow
  • Honda CR-V 2014 Silver short battery life
  • Write to ADPCM format only
  • The display hopelessly "blinds" in the sun
  • Non-standard, inconvenient control
  • Poor, ugly interface
  • Low audio output power
  • Computer communication is slow
  • Short Honda CR-V 2014 Silver autonomy
  • Short battery life Honda CR-V 2014 Silver Honda CR-V 2014 Silver work
  • Write to ADPCM format only
  • Let's add features, the demand for which and/or the quality of implementation are questionable:

    • Show lyrics on display
    • Text viewer
    • Image viewer

    As you can see, the list of cons is more impressive. Be that as it may, you can add the “low price” item to the list of pluses - in Moscow retail, a device with 512 MB of memory on board costs about 3,000 rubles.