As you would expect, the s.Beat has equalizer options and play repeat modes. Sound quality was impressive – at least with my headphones. In the flat EQ mode, the sound was punchy, accurate and loud and dealt well with both full on dance and soft soul.
The voice recorder function worked surprisingly well, and the recording played back remarkably clearly, for what must be a very small microphone, though the player was held close to the mouth for recording. If you need more space you can actually delete files off the player itself thanks to the File Structure view.
The FM radio was possibly the least impressive part of the s.Beat, as it struggled to pick up a signal amongst the tall trees round the TrustedReviews offices. Other players I’ve tested have fared much better. I was only able to get a signal from Radio One when holding the player aloft like an Olympic torch – though some may argue that’s no loss.
While I was impressed by the player it unfortunately ended rather badly. After playing with it for a while I decided to look for an updated Firmware, a feature advertised on the documentation. I downloaded the utility and the most recent Firmware but unfortunately the process failed half way through for no apparent reason. This rendered the s.Beat into no more than a doorstop, albeit one only suitable for a very small door.
This was quite disappointing considering how well I’d got on with the player and it was fortunate I’d got to know the player before hand. Having received no response form SwissBit I can only hope that this is a one off glitch as when it was actually working, I liked the s.Beat as player.
If you’re a tech type that likes to carry around a Swiss army knife then the SwissBit s.beat MP3 Digital Audio player is a no brainer that truly lives up to the Swiss army knife multi-talented reputation.