Where the Rocoo-A falls behind its competitors is its display, a single-colour OLED affair. The small size does help keep the Rocoo-A’s size down, but it does hinder navigation a little. Whether the inability to play videos is a disadvantage or simply a sensible omission is less clear cut.
Certainly, no matter how limited it is any screen will always be more practical than no screen at all – we’re looking at you iPod shuffle. The Rocoo-A also doesn’t require customised headphones to use it, which we tend to find something of a bonus, thanks to its on-player controls.
These comprise a four-way directional control, a menu button and play/pause button on the Rocoo-A’s front, a power slider at its bottom, and a further two-way rocking button on top toggling A-B playback and recording. The up and down on the d-pad increase and decrease volume and left and right either navigate, or skip tracks, depending where you are in the menu system.
This is pretty basic, but serviceable. You can browse through the folder structure on both the internal and external memory, toggle between various shuffle and repeat playback options and read text files. The latter facility is literally useless given how cramped the display is.
Less useless is the afore-hinted recording facility. A microphone is built into the Rocoo-A’s casing and audio is saved in WAV format. Okay, so there are limited scenarios when your DAP also doubling as a basic Dictaphone will prove useful, but if nothing else it’s fun noting such snippets as “memo to self: need more music, fewer memos to self, on player.”