White finish, thumbwheel control and docking station? No, it’s not an iPod, but this player knows who its competitors are.
Essential features include 5GB capacity, and a rechargeable battery that takes in enough juice for over 10 hours’ use after just 90 minutes in the dock (or four hours connected on a USB 2.0 connection). It comes preloaded with 10 MoS tracks: great if you’re a dance music fiend and you still think the MoS label has some cachet. If not, you’ll just have to load it with your preferred music – and fast.
The best news is that the MP055 justifies its existence with a great performance. As you might expect given the brand, it does a fine job of slinging tunes with punchy driving bass, but the sound is also detailed enough to play more intricate music.