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Old 12-02-2018, 09:25 AM   #1
Venus Salud
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Transcend MP350 Review



What we considered before as an essential device for our daily travels and commutes seems to have been lost in time and space for the most of us. Let’s get real here – we’ve abandoned our MP3 players, our iPods, all because today’s smartphones can replace all of them in one go. However, we do have fun with our niche device, and an MP3 player nowadays is what we consider as a use case scenario device, and one that could do well together with a fitness tracker. That’s where the Transcend MP350 comes in, and that’s what we’re going to review today.



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions 67mm x 26.5mm x 18.3mm
Weight 22g (0.78 oz)
Capacity 8GB
Display Type and Size 1? White Monochrome OLED
Display Resolution 128 x 32
Music Formats MP3, WMA, WAV (IMA_ADPCM)
Recording Format IMA_ADPCM (WAV)
FM Function Worldwide – 87.5~108 MHz
Japan – 76~90 MHz
Battery Life* Music Playback Time: 16hr (Fully Charged)*
Max. Recording Hours: 20hr (Low Quality)
Battery Type Li-Polymer
Certificates CE, FCC, BSMI
Compression Rates 32Kbps to 320Kbps
S/N Ratio ? 90dB
Warranty Two-year Limited
Note Max. playback time achieved with “screen saver” enabled and “Lyrics Sync” disabled.
Package Contents MP350, Removable Earhook Earphones, Neck strap, USB Cable


PACKAGING



Transcend ships out the MP350 with basically the familiar packaging the company uses. The white and black theme, together with the classy branding and a clear view of the product itself through the cutout is what we’re getting here.

As far as the inclusions go, the MP350 comes with the device itself, earphones, a set of earbuds to fit the size you want, a lanyard strap, earphone clips to keep the earphones in place, and some paperwork. That’s about it.

DESIGN



The MP350 harkens back to the design of the good old days of MP3 players. Transcend designed the MP350 to be rugged and at the same time functional, and it does well pretty much. While it is, indeed, compact, it does come with an outer shell that protects it from the elements. It comes with IPX2 standards, which means it’s water resistant, although do note its difference with waterproofing.

Other than that, everything is in place. The Play/Pause button is located on the face of the MP350, while the Prev/Forward is on top together with the Back key, microphone, and audio jack. On the other end are the volume level buttons together with the lock key and the USB port. There’s a strong clip at the back to help you keep it in place, which would come in handy if you’re going to jog around.

USER EXPERIENCE



We’re not exactly betting much on the audio quality on the MP350. We’re looking for the user experience on its use case scenario. It can play audio formats in .MP3, WMA, and WAV – and at this point we really wouldn’t want adding in our playlists in FLAC format due to the limited storage availability on it. The stock headphones it’s bundled with isn’t exactly noteworthy, so it’s suggested you went for some aftermarket solutions while you’re at it. Its fitness tracker comes with tracking for exercise times and the amount of calories you’ve burned, all while you listen to your tracks. As for the battery life, Transcend claims the MP350 can last up to 16 hours on full charge, we’re pretty much close to it going at 15 hours.

CONCLUSION
At this point, smartphones have already taken plenty of purposes, and this includes multimedia playback as well as fitness trackers. But then again, there are plenty of times where you’ll need something that just works, and that’s intended for purposes specific. And that’s where the Transcend MP350 will work wonders.
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