BenQ Joybee 200 (256MB) review: BenQ Joybee 200 (256MB)

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The Good Good battery life. Lyrics synchronisation. Direct line-in recording.

The Bad USB 1.1 only. Menu not intuitive. LCD weak in sunlight.

The Bottom Line This fashionable flash player is full of features but fails to deliver quality over quantity.

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Housed in a chrome-plated shell, the Joybee 200 features a sleek, fashionable black face with dual colour OLED display. The player's controls run neatly along either side of the rectangular body, which measures 76.5 by 29.9 by 15.9 mm and weighs a tiny 40 grams.

The overall look is similar in shape to a USB flash player. There's no USB adapter here though, only a port on the left hand side. On the right-hand side is a strap hook from which to attach the included leather hand strap. Also included are a pair of stereo headphones with chrome-coloured earbuds to match the player nicely.

BenQ seems to have given this player every feature it can think of, or at least every one available.

The Joybee 200 supports the standard MP3 and WMA formats, as well as TVF (True Voice Format) for voice recording. It has a 7 mode equaliser - Normal, Bass, Speech, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classic - and playback speed control for those interested in enhancing or distorting the vocals or music on their favourite songs.

There's also a digital FM tuner with 16 preset radio stations, voice-recording through the built-in microphone and lyrics synchronisation to turn your player into a portable karaoke machine. Please note - use of this function in public places may not be appreciated by others!

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BenQ Joybee 200 (256MB)

Part Number: CNETBenQ Joybee 200 (256MB)

Typical Price: $219.00

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