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Pocket friendly MP3 players are far from rare these days and there’s a huge amount of choice for prospective buyers right now. It makes you wonder why there are so many companies that are still jumping on the bandwagon with such a crowded market. Add to this the similarities of many of the players and it’s clear that you need something pretty special to make a splash these days.
MPeye is a new company to TrustedReviews when it comes to MP3 players and like so many other manufacturers, Mpeye is Korean. The model on test is the HTS-200. I wonder when these Far Eastern manufacturers are going to realise that no-one thinks it’s cool to own a product that only has a model number rather than name – HTS-200 or iPod, which is more catchy?
The device itself is constructed from white and silver plastic with a metal plate on the front and back. The HTS-200 won’t sell on looks as there are dozens of devices that look similar. However, its size might be a strong selling point as it only measures 70 x 43 x 18mm (WxHxD) which is quite small considering that it has a built in 5GB hard drive. MPeye even goes as far as to say that this is the worlds smallest 5GB hard drive based MP3 player.
It’s not going to weigh down your pocket either at 72g, including the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Battery time is quoted at 15 hours, although this is with continuous playback, so expect to get in the region of 12 hours stop/start usage.
The HTS-200 has a 120x80 pixel CSTN LCD colour display that measures just over one inch diagonally. A colour display might not appear to be a critical part of an MP3 player and with a screen this size it might seem even more useless. Not so, as the resolution is fairly high for such a tiny screen and the menu system is very easy to read despite the tiny screen.