Pros size, included base
Cons all clear plastic face, red/orange LCD, hard to use "buttons"
Summary With some of the other reviews it must be that people just want to see their screen name on line or something because they sure as heck haven’t used this thing. I had it for 3 weeks and used it every day in the gym, the car and on an airplane. I listen mostly to audio books but I have plenty of music.
On mine the battery indicator didn’t work, it would always say full charge. The shiny front is awful. Did Olympus think we all have gloves on and would only keep this thing in a velvet pocket? I knew it would be trouble and kept the plastic protector on while I had it. Good thing, could never have returned it without. In 6 months I bet this thing would be so scratched you couldn’t hardly see the display.
If you’re a BMW or Pontiac person, you’ll like the display, but a plain black LCD would have been better. The controls are too hard to use as well. Trying to go up and down tracks is guesswork. Hit the button and nothing happens instantly. There’s no beep to indicate it and the software must have a delay.
I also hate that I MUST use someone else’s software to put mp3s on the device. Why can’t I just drop files on it in window’s explorer. I had an iriver H320 stolen and I loved the way it would work. Just open window’s explorer and drop all your files in the music folder. So simple. iPod does this too but at least the software is somewhat useable.
With coupons and discounts it was $170, but not worth keeping. It won’t organize files by file name, only through MP3 id tag. So it thinks file name cd2-1 (2nd CD in a collection, 1st track) comes right after cd1-1, leaving all the other tracks on CD 1 behind. Not a big deal for music, but a 7 CD book on CD, that really sucks. Means I have to redo every track for 7 CDs worth of tracks.
I took back an iPod mini for the same reason, but the software had ways to deal with it. I’ve also found every new MP3 player is working this way, even iriver’s new mini portable.
Pros beautiful design, good volume, equalizer, price
Cons must use m:trip, touch screen doesn't always react
Summary I just bought this player, and I am extremely satisfied with it. I picked it up for only $100 after rebates at Radio Shack, and for a 5 gig player that price is unheard of. I don't need too many extra functions (such as radio, picture viewing, color screen) so this player was perfect for me. After about 20 minutes you get used to the controls, and it's smooth sailing. The only downside is the software, which I had several problems with. And I wish it came with a case (scratchable). Other than that it's perfect. If you need a mp3 with decent storage, this is your best bet.
"Replace the "I" with an "M" and the "Pod" with a "Robe" and then kick it up a few notches."on by Cardinalxc13
Pros Delicious Looks, No Buttons to break, easy interface, Did I mention Looks?
Cons Volume is indeed a bit wimpy (Doesn't mean sound is), Syncing feature is a pain in the buttocks.
Summary If you desire to have Cindy Crawford, or some other supermodel, but have the common sense to realize that it will never happen, stop right here. For merely $199 plus tax at Micro Center you can have something just as beautiful. This is the new Ipod-Mini killer...no I believe slaughterer is the more fitting term. In a world where a superfluity of musical devices fills our markets, a gem is few and far between. First the Ipod now the M:robe takes its place. Why is it so great? Let me start off, the system is solid, and beautiful. All metal body, only two moving buttons to break (power and hold [both feeling very sturdy so disregard the whole breaking part, it won't happen]), and a touch sensitive interface that makes the cool factor cranked up even beyond the infamous "11" make this player the antonym of your Ipod's "pariah" rank. The player's interface is easy to use and simple as it gets. The player even goes as far as shutting off the led lights on the controls that aren't needed at the moment. An idiots guide to this player should never be needed. I applaud Olympus on their amazing player, and even more stunning, the fact that this is their first player on the market. Other people have been on the market much longer and still have yet to introduce a superior product (Iriver, Dell, Rio...ahem). The sound on this player is indeed stunning, crisp and clear, no complaints here. However, the volume is a bit wimpy, if you like blaring loud music, this player won't put out. I had to download mp3 gain to raise the decibels of my own mp3 collection to make up for the lack of volume of the M:robe, and still desire just a bit more. My last complaint is their silly M:Trip software, its a sync based system and doesn't favor those who want to delete the files off their hard-drive after they are on the player, although it is possible by not deleting the link in your M:Trip library. Overall this stunning player is amazing for me, I don't need blaring loud music, and look forward to carrying my little companion around with me, and I apologize ahead of time if my MR-100 gives your Ipod Mini raspberries, but after all, can you blame it?
Pros Obviously the design, great firmware downloads to fix volume control (something everyone is complaining about) Lyrics options is awesome.
Cons Froze up on me once but all I had to do is press the reboot button with a staple and everything was fixed! Software isn't necessarily intended for 1st graders but easy for enough for a teen to use.
Summary Overall, I was mostly happy with this product. I mentionedhow it froze up on me once but all I had to do was stick staple in the reboot slot. All was fixed. In addition, the volume complaint (volume not being loud enough) can be fixed. Here's the trick.
FIrmware update fixes other things too!
Pros red lcd, touch pad, 5 gb
Cons volume, stalls for a couple seconds sometimes
Summary just got this a couple days ago, its soooooooo nice, i brought it into school the next day and i got so many compliments. this is deffently the mp3 player for you if your sick of everyone having the ipod mini. ALthough the ipod beats this in performance, nothing can beat the m:robe in style. plus this is tad smaller than the ipod mini if that helps at all.
when its off, the front is all black and it looks very classy. when you turn it on, the touch pad lights come out of nowwhere like magic or something, (i got a couple OMG's and DAMN's when i showed people.)
overall, i think if your looking for looks more than performance and don't mind being patient for a few seconds, then you should get your hands on this asap before someone else does.