MobiBLU has taken endurance to the edge with a marathon-runner of an MP3 player: the DAH-1900. The player’s awesome 150 hour life is the longest in the world, swotting aside recent 70 hours efforts by Sony’s flash memory Walkmans.
There is, however, a catch – the player only has 2GB of storage. Working on the assumption that your tunes are saved as 128Kbps MP3s and you happen to enjoy four minute-long pop ditties, that means you’re looking at around 20 hours of tunes. Or, in other words, you’ll end up listening to the same Coldplay album roughly seven times before the player needs recharging.
We’re not complaning, though, since plugging in a USB cable once a week certainly beats docking an iPod every night. We like the battery-beater’s style too. With its silky black finish and bright yellow and blue OLED display, the DAH-1900 looks quite appealing in a chunky, retro kind of way. It may resemble an old school Walkman, but at 2.1cm x 4.5cm, it’s a fraction of the size.
The stamina-tastic player also has direct encoding, FM radio, FM recorder and voice recording. It supports WMA files with DRM - so you can downloads from Napster, Virgin et al - and has an alarm, sleep timer and the usual USB 2.0 socket.
This souped-up 2GB maestro will power itself into your pocket for £150 (there's a 1GB for £120). You can get your hands on one now at www.advancedmp3players.co.uk.