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    Ultra ULT31102 128MB MP3 player
    Author: jonnyGURU
    Date Posted:19/12/2004 12:18.15
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: SLCentral reviewed the ULT31102 MP3 player with 128MB of memory from Ultra Products. We liked the small flash memory drive, compact design, sound quality and easy to use buttons. On the other hand it is 128MB and is not expandable, only USB 1.1 and MSRP is a little high.

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    Inside the box, we have our MP3 player, ear-buds, USB extension cable, manual and CD.

    The ULT31102 consists of two pieces. First and foremost, the ULT31102 is a 128MB USB flash memory drive. The actual flash memory drive portion of the device is a mere 2 1/2 inches (65mm) in length arguably making it one of the smallest thumb drives on the market. The drive is USB 1.1 compliant which means you're only going to get data transfer rates just under 1MB/sec. It's going to take two full minutes to load the drive up with songs. Not a lot of time at all, but it could be quicker if it was USB 2.0 compatible.

    The thumb drive is very small at a mere 2 1/2 inches in length.

    To give you an idea of how small that is, here I am holding the thumb drive in my hand.

    The flash memory drive comes with a neck strap with a small quick disconnect clip located near the end. The drive is so light that you almost forget it's around your neck, and the quick disconnect clip makes the drive easy to pop off of the strap whenever it needs to be plugged in. The drive is small enough to where it can probably plug into your USB port without any additional cables, but just in case the area around your computer's USB port is tight, the ULT31102 does come with a USB male to female extension cable that allows you to plug the drive into virtually any USB port. Surprisingly, not many USB flash memory drives come with such a cable.

    The drive has a blue LED that flashes while the drive is in use. Turn the drive to it's side and you can see where the MP3 player portion of the device plugs in. It sort of looks like a headphone jack, but there's an adjacent card edge connector as well. This brings us to the second piece of the ULT31102. The MP3 player is a little bit larger than the flash memory drive and has a clip on the back for you to clip the device to your belt. The gist of the device is that you wear the flash memory around your neck, a cable runs from the flash memory to the MP3 player which is clipped to your belt. A pair of ear-buds then runs from the MP3 player up to your ears. It sounds like a cluttered mess of wires, but it actually works out quite well. If I could change anything, I would make the wire that goes from the flash memory drive to the MP3 player a little shorter or maybe replace the wire with a coil cord. There's enough wire to get caught on a passing obstacle, so be careful. I actually have the wire on mine zip-tied up into a small service loop. It only took getting snagged on the closet door knob and having the MP3 player popped off of my belt once to get me to wind up the wire.

    The blue LED that flashes while the drive is in use.

    Here is the decoder portion of the ULT31102.

    To give you an idea of it's small size, here's the decoder in my hand.

    I love the controls on this MP3 player. They're well labeled and easy to manipulate. The play/skip track knob is like the wheel on a scroll mouse. Push the knob in (like the third button on a scroll mouse) to start playing MP3's. Roll the knob one direction and the tracks skip forward. Roll the knob in the other direction and you go back through your tracks. Volume consists of two buttons that click the volume up and down through 32 steps and the stop button is a single button that has no other function other than stopping the music. The on and off is on a slide switch located in the middle of the device.

    Here is the thumb drive and decoder plugged into each other. Note the long cable tied up into a bundle. It's rather long.

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