Hands-on with the Bliptronic 5000

With a name like the Bliptronic 5000, this silvery soundbox has a lot to live up to. For just US$50 you get a battery-powered synthesiser with an 8x8

With a name like the Bliptronic 5000, this silvery soundbox has a lot to live up to. For just US$50 you get a battery-powered synthesiser with an 8x8 grid of LED-lit buttons, eight plinky-plonk sounds and a built-in speaker. Push the buttons to turn notes on and off for endlessly looping patterns.

A great-looking, cost-effective alternative to Yamaha's Tenori-on and Korg's forthcoming Kaossilator Pro, you might think. But is it? Let's find out...