Pros Tiny, weightless, can be used as flash drive
Cons No extras, if that bothers you.
Summary My Rio Fuse finally just died this fall, and I miss it. It doesn't do a lot of fancy things, but did what it was supposed to do quite well. This player is tiny and basically weightless. It runs on AAA batteries, so you don't have to worry about a built-in battery going haywire, like my iPod has done.
You can use the hold button but exclude volume, so that everything but the volume is deactivated. I found this feature incredibly handy. You can have it in your pocket and not have the buttons accidentally get pressed, but quick reach in and change the volume (which wouldn't get pressed accidentally, generally).
It looked silly, I guess, but I just popped this player in our iPod armband to run with, and while it didn't fit perfectly, it worked just fine. So it would be nice if it came with a lanyard or something, but it fits inside just about anything (purse, pocket, other armbands), so you can work around it.
It's usable as a flash drive, which several times was quite handy when I needed to move a document file from one place to another but didn't have the proper disk. You just take off the cap and plug it in to the USB port - easy!
It doesn't hold a ton of files, but for use for working out or taking the bus places, I had more than enough songs and/or podcasts to keep me surprised. The Rio software isn't fantastic, but it's usable.
I was pretty hard on this little player - dropped it many times, used it in the cold and held it in my hand while running (sweat got all over it), and it endured for more than two years with flying colors. The little joystick may feel breakable, but after kicking around in my purse and bags and pockets for two years, it's still intact.
Bottom line: This player doesn't do much, but if you're buying one at this point, I'm guessing you're looking for something cheap anyway. It will play your sound files like a champ, and can handle the jostling of everyday life.
(It is a little fun, I must admit, to look for a replacement, though! I'm looking at the Creative Zen V Plus and am so excited that I can have an FM tuner and line-in recording as well as more room for my music! The Fuse is just from a different generation at this point!)
Pros Small design makes it easy to carry on my jogs and to the gym. Great sound and easy to use buttons. Easy to read display. I really think this is a great product, considering other non-expandable MP3 players with this much memory. Rio's music manager makes
Cons Had to download driver from support b/c the enclosed disk didn't cooperate w/my XP system. I blame MS more than rio. The enclosed manual isn't very helpful either. Once I downloaded a driver, I was able to use the rio music mgr, bypassing MS' product (to
Pros the random play feature and custom bass and treble control are what i got this for ive had it abou 2 weeks now and used it almost everyday it was "refurbished" but i couldnt tell in any way that it was not brand new ive gotten around 5 hours of battery li
Cons the headphones sounded great but wont stay in my ears i purchased a different set that work much better the shpe of the player made it so it wouldnt plug directly into the USB on the front of my PC but i had a cord anyway so NBD 128 MB's means about 24-2
Pros A great high quality mp3 player. Excellent playback sound and good earbuds. The backlit display is great as well as the portability (no additional wires needed). Very simple to operate. Impressive battery life!
Cons No clip for when I'm working out. I wish it had expansion capabilities. But, I'll overlook it because it is soooo conveniently small and compact.
Pros Bought this unit for my son. I did tha laundry and didn't notice it in his pants pocket. 30 mins in the washer and 60 in the dryer and it came out steaming hot. Not surprisingly, it didn't work but once I changed the battery it was as good as new. Un