Review: Jens of Sweden MP-X
The MP-X is the latest player from the Swedish company Jens Of Sweden.The player is made in Korea, but the design is Swedish. The player is designed for extreme situations, which basically means that it won’t break if you wear it while it’s raining or drop it. Here’s Fosfor Gadgets review of the MP-X.
When you open the package you’ll find nothing but the MP3-player and a black USB-cable. The manual is located as a PDF-file on the player accompanied with a couple of demo songs, so you have to plug it in before you can read the manual (but who reads the manuals?) or just download it from Jensofsweden.com.
As with other products from Jens of Sweden the MP3 player comes without a charger or ear phones. The standard earphones, Koss Spark Plug and the white charger is an extra $24, and you can of course choose other headphones to come with the package (ranging from the Koss SparkPlug – $10.69 to the Shure E5c – $375.37).
The general feeling of the player is that it can take a punch or two and still will be going strong. The printed Jens of Sweden logo rubbed off during the first day of testing though.
Filling the player up with songs is easy. Just plug it in with the USB-cable and start dragging your folders to the player. Transferring 100MB of songs takes just under 40 seconds – nothing to complain about here. Robust and quick using USB 2.0 of course.
Playing your songs is also very straightforward. Just plug in your headphones, press play and start listening. You have access to 5 different equalizer modes – Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic, Pop and Live – but I honestly think it would have been better by having just a loudness/bass boost mode. Getting it back to normal equalizer mode can be quite hard when you don’t have a display to look at – until I read the manual and found out that the equalizer is set back to normal when you hold the EQ-button.
Bells and whistles
Nothing special to write about here – it can play MP3, WMA, ASF and OGG files, a 12 hours battery life, USB 2.0 High-Speed file transfer, working temperature is between -5°C – 50°C, and it can take some rain. The big clip on the back of the player is strong, and it’s easy to attach on your shorts or shirt.
The Jens of Sweden MP-X is a nice player, and it’s a perfect match if you want a small player accompanying you when you workout. The build and sound quaility is excellent, but If you’re used to having a display it can be hard getting used to navigating through your files just using the back and forward buttons, especially if you have packed the 1GB version full.
$92.48 for the 1GB version
$82.14 for the 512MB version
Size: 54 x 43 x 11mm
Plays: MP3, WMA, ASF & OGG files
File Support: MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA 9, ASF (Audio), Ogg Vorbis (Q1–Q10)
DRM-Support:PD-DRM 9.0, Xsync, MediaRose
Bit Rate, Play MP3 8-320kbps & VBR, WMA 32-192kbps, OGG Q1-Q10
Equalizer: Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic, Pop, Live
Headphones: 40mW (Left 20mW + Right 20mW, 16? / Volume Max)
Frequency Range: 20 Hz-20 KHz
SN Ratio: >85dB
Battery type: Li-Polymer 300mAh (Built-in)
Working Temperature -5°C – 50°C
Battery life: More then 12 hours
Requirements: O/S Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP and Mac OS 9.2 or higher
Connection: USB port (2.0 or 1.1)
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