The MP3 Music Manager can do more than play lists though, since the colour screen can display images – it also has a basic image editing tool and an image uploader. You can even create your own animated GIFs with the software.
Navigating the menus is as easy as any other joystick driven menu system. The menus options are settings, sound effects, recordings, display, FM radio, USB and exit. You can use one of the pre-set equalizer settings in the sound effects menu or make your own. There is also a 3D audio setting which I have to say sounded rather good for a change. The FM radio auto scans for available radio stations and you can save up to 40 station presets.
For those interested in playing other formats than MP3 the HTS-200 can handle both WMA and OGG files. MP3s are limited to a maximum 320kbps and WMA to 192kbps quality. Sound quality was generally very good, although not with the bundled headphones. There were no problems with the hard drive skipping during use either, although a device like this should have a generous enough buffer to avoid such behavior.
Overall the MPeye HTS-200 offers a solid set of features that will give the more established brands a run for their money, but at £158.95 it’s going to have a problem competing with the likes of the Creative Zen micro which is cheaper and more aesthetically pleasing. The colour screen and the physical dimensions are major plus points for this device, and for some buyers, that may be enough.
The MPeye HTS-200 isn’t the best looking player around, but it offers a solid feature set and good sound quality in a very small package. However, the slightly high price tag and the strong competition take away some of its shine.