The tiny Yank sensation has arrived in Britain, you decide.
You may or may not already know about the Q-BE? Its been out in the US for a while now and is also referred to as the “MobiBlu”. Still none the wiser? Well, it claims to be the world’s smallest MP3 player and our war mongering brethren have been snapping them up so fast the hot cakes line is positively deserted. Now it has arrived in the UK.
Firstly, let me say whenever I’m talking about digital music players I’m reluctant to speak in definitives, there are just too many obscure and oddball makes on this 70.8 per cent water covered rock to be completely sure. What I can say is this 18g, 24mm cube is the smallest MP3 player I’ve ever seen (mail me if you know differently and we’ll post pics).
Of course if you are going to vie for this title it probably makes sense from a pocket friendly point of view to avoid the cube shape completely, but that is because the Q-BE is a fully signed up member of the Hang It Round Your Neck Club.
Two sizes are on offer: 512MB and 1GB and the quoted battery life of 17 hours is no mean feat for a player this small. MP3 and WMA file formats are supported and with one whole side of the Q-BE devoted to the display it is surprisingly readable. An iPod-esque circular control panel takes up a further side, with menu and lock buttons on another.
Prices are rather reasonable for such a form busting device, coming in a £89.99 for 512MB and £109.99 for 1GB (I don’t need to tell you which to buy, right?). The Q-BE is on sale exclusively through Dixons and Currys now and – though it may have taken nearly 20 years for Huey Lewis’ prophesy to come true, it does indeed look like it is now ”Hip To Be Square”.
Q-BE (”Thanks for pointing out the missing “T” Heidar”)