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    X-Micro Eva
    Author: Renz
    Date Posted:05/10/2004 00:58.48
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: The Eva is a great MP3/WMA player and thumb drive, but some compromises had to be made to keep it reasonably priced.

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    The X-Micro EVA is slightly longer than the AAA battery that powers it, measuring 101mm by 32mm by 24mm high. As you can see from the pictures below, it is just bigger than the Sandisk Cruzer next to it. Loading all of the above features into such a small package is no easy feat. Let us take a look at what X-Micro has accomplished.

    The MP3/WMA player, simply put, is quite impressive. Not only is it able to play music, but it is able to do so quite clearly (90db SNR). There are five equalizer presets, Jazz, Classical, Rock, POP and Normal, to enhance the music to your taste. There are also playback features such as repeat, preview and random play which have become a standard today. Changing tracks is easily accomplished via the rocking switch in the side, move it to the right to skip forward and the left to skip back, hold it down in the appropriate direction to fast forward or rewind. Push it in to access the menu and navigate via the same right left rocking motion.

      

    To conserve on battery life there are a host of options like auto shutoff and backlight shutoff. The backlight could be adjusted from 5 to 20 seconds on, to on continuously or off continuously. Auto off could be set from 1, 2, 5 or 10 minutes or it can be disabled entirely. One of the most useful features is the hold button, which when switched on prevents any other key from being pressed. Seeing that this device will end up in some squeezes in the dark recesses of your back pocket due to its diminutive size, thanks to the hold button you’ll still have a usable battery when you reach for it.

    The voice recorder is no slouch either. Recording for up to 18 hours in .wav format when the device is empty, it becomes almost indispensable for any corporate user or student. Record a meeting or class, plug the device into any (preferably XP based) PC and upload the file. Then the file is available to edit and send for a much greater impact, or simply to keep as an archive (especially useful when working on minutes, or blackmailing someone). The recording frequency could be adjusted through the following ranges 8000Hz, 11025Hz, 16000Hz, 22050Hz, 32000Hz, 44100Hz, and 48000Hz. In testing, half an hour of recording required approximately 6.95 Megs of space at 8000Hz, while at 48000Hz almost 42 Megs were used.

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