After a long time of absence Asia based gadget shop Fancylogic sent us again one of their direct sourced gadgets.
The shop provided us this time with a sample of the Speed MV8/MV-8 digital music and video player. The brand Speed is based in Hong Kong and develops and markets multimedia products for digital imaging and digital audio markets. The tiny "zippo-style" DAP feature packed and on first impression makes a high quality impression.
There are myriads of digital audio players out there. The Speed MV-8 is one
of them and tries to compete with small size, broad feature offering and high
quality implementation. The case of this DAP is made from metal and immediately
reminded me on a Zippo lighter. The shape is also similar. Only the 2 inch color
TFT screen with 65k colors and the buttons give the Speed MV-8 away. The
measurements are 78mm(L) x 46mm(W) × 11.5mm(T) and the weight is 55g.
Besides playing MP3 and WMA music files, the Speed MV8 offers MP4 video
playback, FM radio, voice recorder, built-in speaker, photo viewer (JPG), lyric
display, games (e.g.: Tetris) and equalizer. You get all these features
for $78 with 1GB of internal memory.
The built-in memory of 1GB can be extended with miniSD cards, which you usually
find use in mobile phones. The player supports miniSD cards up to 2GB.
Speed designed a colorful icon based user interface that is easy to navigate
The sound quality is very decent. The bundled speaker are the typical low
value kind, but at least they are white. The Speed MV8 can be charged via the
mini-USB port. The package includes a AC power adapter to that connects via USB.
A mini-USB converter is also part of the package to connect the power adapter.
The AC adapter I got has UK plug. You better ask Fancylogic before ordering if
they can supply an AC adapter for your country.
The battery life is depends on what you do with it. The manufacturer does not
give a playtime of the Built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery. I did not had time
yet to measure it.
Watching video on the small 2 inch screen actually works pretty well. It is
like watching video on a mobile phone. Video playback on small players like that
are a fun gimmick, but not a great way to enjoy video on the go.
- Small Size
- Feature packed
- Good Screen
- Metal Case
- no WMA-DRM support
- Rubber flap over miniSD card comes off easy
For $78 (+shipping) you get a neat small digital audio players with lots of
features. The metal case gives it a nice high quality appeal. It would have been
nice if Speed would support WMA-DRM.
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