Olympus m:robe MR100
One of the classiest looking MP3
players on the market today is the Olympus m:robe MR100. Its sleek, elegant
design makes it an eyecatcher everywhere you go. It is a small and lightweight
MP3 player (just 100 g) but there has been no skimping on the manufacturing --
the controls have a solid feel to them and the player is a joy to hold in your
This model comes with a 5 GB hard drive which is sufficient for holding about
1200 songs in MP3 format
(128 kbps). It connects to your computer with a USB 2.0 interface for speedy
transfer of songs and other data. When it is plugged into the USB port, your
computer sees the Olympus m:robe MR100 as a removable drive which can be used
for storing any kind of computer data -- not just music.
Songs can be stored in either MP3 or WMA format. The player comes with software
which can be used to rip music from CDs and convert it to WMA. The software even
allows you to organize your music collection and transferring it to the MP3
player is as simple as dragging and dropping.
The display screen is an ample 1.7 inches square. The display shows your
information about the current song being played as well as helping you navigate
the hard drive for finding specific songs. The user interface is intuitive and
well laid out and can be used in several different languages including English,
French, German, and Chinese.
The Olympus m:robe MR100 is powered with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
Anytime the MP3 player is plugged into the USB port of your computer, the
battery is recharging. Full recharge time takes about three hours. For use at
home, there is an optional AC adapter.
On the downside, this MP3 player does not include an FM radio or a microphone
for recording your voice. These would be handy features especially when there's
such an ample size to hard disk to store data on. However, the sound quality is
top-notch making this is an ideal model for those who can do without radio and
The Olympus m:robe MR100 comes with earphones, a USB cable, and a soft case, as
well as a CD containing the software for organizing your song collection and
transferring it to the player.
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