wigo CVM-100 mp3 Player Review


Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £139.00

Having recently visited the CeBIT show in Hannover I realised that there’s an almost infinite amount of mp3 players available in all shapes and sizes. The wigo CVM-100 doesn’t really stand out from the crowd in terms of design, but it does have some features that I’ve not come across before.

You might not be familiar with wigo and to be honest, neither was I. It’s a Korean company and so far there seems to be only one product featured on wigo’s website, namely the CVM-100. The most noticeable feature on the CVM-100 is the way in which the USB connector is protected. Instead of having a removable cap which could easily get lost, the whole body of the player swivels around to either hide or reveal the USB port.

The CVM-100 is finished in a mirror-like plastic casing. I think that this finish makes it look a bit tacky, but no doubt there are many out there to whom it will appeal. I have seen better build quality, but it’s not as bad as some of the MP3 players we’ve seen here at TrustedReviews in the past.

The front of the CVM-100 is fairly basic, with most of the buttons just above the LCD display. There’s a play/stop button that doubles as power on/off, while a repeat button lets you playback a certain part of a tune or a recording over and over. Next up is the record button, which allows you to record from the built-in microphone or the radio. Then there is the FM radio button that toggles between mp3 and FM radio modes.

Further to the right is a key-lock button, which also gives access to the built in games. Finally there is a small joystick that controls volume, skips tracks and fast forwards or rewinds the music. It can also be pushed down to access the menu system. A quick press takes you into the quick access menu – from here you can control the bass and treble levels, the equalizer, the 3D sound setting, the playback mode, the speed of the playback, the screen backlight colour, enabling/disabling the microphone and finally setting the time for the startup animation.

The main menu has sub menus that consist of display settings, configuration, system settings, recording settings, FM radio settings and sound settings. I’m not going to go through all the settings here as some of them can be accessed through the quick menu. The most important menu here is the record settings, as this where you set the bit rate and source.

The menu system can be somewhat confusing, especially when it comes to finding all the features. New features have also been added since the manual was printed via firmware upgrades available at wigo’s website. One of these is the stop-watch function that you can find in the games menu – accessed by a short press of the key lock button. That makes complete sense doesn’t it?