If we said to you the word ‘Trekstor’, you’d probably get images of USB dongles, hard disks and other such dreary, functional tech. Well, the German company’s got a surprise for you: it’s removed its geeky glasses, and entered the world of high design MP3 players.
The Vibez – which instantly taps into youth culture by swapping the letter ‘s’ with a ‘z’ – is the owner of one of the strangest jukebox bodies we’ve seen. It’s over 10cm tall, but also slight at 18mm thick despite of its curved, stainless steel back and slightly bulbous scroll wheel.
The player isn’t just slightly la-la in the aesthetics department either. It’s available in both 8GB and 15GB sizes – a no-brainer considering the latter is just £20 more – and has an ‘optional’ FM tuner card, if you want the sultry tones of XFM with your own tunes.
Thankfully, your collection of music can be a diverse mix of files, as there’s support for MP3, WAV, OGG and FLAC, along with DRMed WMA files from your Napster account.
Other features of note are a DJ mode which, like those seen on the now defunct Rio players, will automatically compile playlists for different moods, plus a picture viewer for JPEGs and a very cool cross-fading button to let you blend songs in and out in a DJ stylee.
It’s also fairly cheap, with prices starting at £135 for 8GB, and will make a much more interesting Christmas present than an iPod Nano. Ah, the look on their faces when they see they see a Trekstor badge instead of an apple...
Price: from €200 (£135)
On sale: November