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November 1, 2005

Review: MobiBLU DAH-1500i MP3 player

Who says all MP3 players have to look like candy bars? Or is it bars of soap? Whatever it is, MobiBlu has a different approach – a cube 1 inch on a side – and Jasmine France has a review at CNET:

MobiBlu is one of a multitude of lesser-known portable audio companies trying to make a name for itself among giants such as Apple, Creative, and iRiver. While most of the MP3 players that we’ve seen from MobiBlu have been decent, they’re not standouts, so the company has thus far skirted the spotlight. However, it appears that the MobiBlu DAH-1500i is poised to change this status. The ultratiny, cube-shaped device is a tech marvel and has certainly turned some heads among industry journalists, including those here at CNET. And despite its unimpressive battery life, the DAH-1500i largely lives up to the hype.

If nothing else, the MobiBlu DAH-1500i is versatile. The cute MP3 player is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems (plug and play–no driver install is needed for operating systems released after 1998), and you have a choice of six colors: black, pink, silver, blue, red, and orange. And at $129.99 for the 1GB version and $99.99 for the 512MB version, it’s quite a bargain.

Had MobiBlu made the DAH-1500i any smaller, it would have been an ergonomic disaster. As it stands, the player weighs just 0.6 ounce and measures 1 cubic inch (1 by 1 by 1 inch)…

The small size still presents some ergonomic challenges, but it has a surprising amount of functionality including an FM tuner and support for both MP3 and WMA (including DRM). The review is a little hard on the tested 7 hour battery life, the proprietary USB cable, and the nonstylish headphone/neck strap combo, but it still seems like a nice little package and it’s currently leading CNET’s Hit List. The MobiBLU DAH-1500i information page has more details including that the exclusive retailer in the USA is “launch partner”

Update: Michael Kobrin at PC Magazine (where the DAH-1500i is an Editor’s Choice) says:

We’re so impressed with the DAH-1500i that while we were testing it, our iPod shuffle started whining and giving us puppy-dog eyes.

Posted at 7:57 pm. Filed under Companies, MobiBLU, MP3 Player, Portable Audio

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