MSI MEGA Player 515 – MP3 Player - MSI MEGA Player 515 Review

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MSI has also supplied a wide range of accessories in the box including a mini USB to USB cable, a pair of headphones, a headphone extension cord, a small carry case, a carry bag and a neck strap. The headphones are, unusually, of clip-on type, rather than the in-ear buds that you usually get with portable audio devices. The sound quality is more than acceptable, but if you want to make the most out of the MEGA Player 515 consider getting some new headphones.


The extension cord comes in handy as it extends the headphone cord by one metre, which makes it possible to carry the MEGA Player 515 in your pocket, rather than around your neck with the supplied neck strap.


The carry case is a disappointment, not in terms of quality as the player fits perfectly, but rather because there is no belt hoop or clip to attach it anywhere. The carry bag is probably more useful to store the headphones in than to carry the player in. That said, it will stop the player from getting scratched or battered while it’s in your pocket or bag.


General sound quality is very good, as good as you would expect from any MP3 player, although this is dependant on the quality of the MP3 files you have. There was no problem playing back high bit rate or VBR files and you can also play WMA files, but there is no support for OGG or other less common formats.


The first line of the display shows the file format being played back, elapsed time and the track length. The second row displays the ID3 tag or the file name and if this is too long then it will scroll to display all the information. Below that is a counter that lists how many tracks there are in total and which track is being played back at the moment. There is also a built-in clock and the time is displayed here. The fourth and final line of the display shows play/pause, the volume level, the equalizer setting and the battery remaining.


The integrated Lithium-Polymer battery has a stated battery life of up to 15 hours. The battery is charged through the USB port, although MSI also offers an optional battery charger. In use the battery life seemed to be close to MSI’s quoted figure, although it is hard to give a precise battery life as every time you plug it in to your PC to change your music, the MEGA Player 515 starts charging the battery.


On the supplied CD you’ll find drivers as well as software for encoding music into MP3 and for making your own start up logos. There is also a PDF manual on the CD that complements the quick setup guide in the box.


Overall the MEGA Player 515 is great and the build quality is excellent compared to competing products in the same price bracket. The asking price is probably the main selling point for the MEGA Player 515 – at £84.59 including VAT this is the cheapest 256MB MP3 player I have come across with a display. MSI has managed to include a lot of features on top of the low price which makes it an even better deal. The only reason it doesn’t win an Editors Choice award is the lack of USB 2.0 support, but it is more than worthy of a Recommended award.


”’Verdict”’


The MEGA Player 515 represents excellent value for money and unless you need a very high capacity MP3 player this is a great choice.

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