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Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide - May 2003

By: Shawn Baker | Guides | Posted: Jun 3, 2003 4:00 am



As soon as you mention the word Mushkin around an overclocker they instantly think of high quality memory modules.


Recently Mushkin have moved into doing a few extra products on the side. Some of newer accessories from Mushkin are the portable MP3 players along with USB 2.0 flash drives and other little items likes pens and t shirts to show off at your local LAN party.


- Mushkin Enhanced MP3 Player


For the past couple of years MP3 players have become the next big thing in portable music players. Due to the ease of downloading and creating MP3s, most people won't have a problem getting a hold of them however they choose to obtain them. The benefit of MP3 players compared to CD players is that they are able to hold the same amount of music or more sometimes in such a small size unit. The Mushkin MP3 player is one of the best looking Flash Drive MP3 players on the market and the craftsmanship on it is very high. The back of the drive consists of a clip so it can easily be mounted onto any of your clothing; say your belt for example.




The drive is very easy to use and simply involves plugging it into an available USB port, Windows XP, 2000 and ME will pick it up and install the necessary drivers which are already on your Windows installation, within a minute a new drive will show up under My Computer and you will be able to access the MP3 player like a normal drive. Some of the features included the Lithium-ION 500mA 3.7V


lasting 20 hours at full charge, LED indication, read write protection and a 1 year warranty.



The sound quality and headphones are quite good and for a lot of people this is going to be perfect if they just want something small. If you wanted to buy some better quality headphones you would lift the sound quality but you are limited to files bit rate which of course isn't going to be as good as a CD in case of the usual MP3 file, a lot of people will not notice the difference.


The MP3 player that Mushkin has on offer is not only excellent quality but comes with everything you need to get up and running straight away. Unfortunately it is let down with a price tag that is slightly higher then the others, fortunately the old saying you get what you pay for comes in to play here. It really is a top quality unit and you can just feel that they haven't cut corners when making it. One drawback is the USB 1.1 interface, while this isn't such a big deal on the smaller sized units, if you are using a 256 MB or 512 MB player the transfer of files can be quite slow and people may get frustrated waiting for it to copy over such a large amount.


Mushkin have done an excellent job with the new MP3 player and have carried over the same quality used in their memory modules. If you are interested in an MP3 player and don't mind spending a few extra dollars to get a nice looking and well built unit, this will be exactly what you are after.


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