Godot Aria Mubie M4150 (128MB) review: Godot Aria Mubie M4150 (128MB)

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good Playful and innovative design; easy setup; voice-recording capability; doubles as a portable storage device; rechargeable battery.

The Bad Lacks essential controls such as rewind; no LCD or battery gauge; poor sound quality; no built-in volume control; not expandable.

The Bottom Line The adorable teddy bear-shaped Mubie MP3 player may have the "aww" factor going for it, but its serious shortcomings prove that it's just another pretty bear face.

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Aria Mubie M4150 (128MB)

What features matter most to you in an MP3 player? If you answered storage capacity, sound quality, an LCD, or even rewind, the $70 Aria Mubie M4150 (128MB) is not the best player for you. But if you said a sweet smile, bendable legs, and a chubby little belly that glows, then the Mubie is the only player for you.

Regardless of whether you love cuteness, you have to acknowledge that this little 128MB player is a sign of things to come. It won't be long before companies start putting MP3 players into all sorts of casings. So in a way, the Mubie is a bit of a pioneering device. And like most pioneering devices, it has some kinks that need to be worked out.

Honing in on kids and teens who adore all things ultracute, Korean manufacturer Aria stuck an MP3 player inside a baby-blue-and-white, teddy bear-shaped plastic body (the Mubie also comes in powder pink and pastel purple). Measuring 3.1 by 2 by 1.6 inches and weighing only 1.8 ounces, the Mubie M4150 looks at first glance more like a doll than a gadget that plays your tunes. But upon closer inspection, you'll see a headphone jack built into the Mubie's head and a USB interface embarrassingly located in his rear. Get familiar with its arms because they function as the control buttons. The power button and the play/pause/stop button are on the bottom of the right arm, while the top right serves as the fast-forward. The top of the left arm changes modes between play and record, and the bottom left starts and stops recording. Where's the rewind button? You got us. In order to return to a previous track, you'll need to fast-forward through all the others.

The Aria Mubie M4150 also lacks an LCD, so it's often tough to know what's really going on with this little guy--including which song is playing or even which mode you're in. Instead, the Mubie's LCD substitute is the music note on its belly, which blinks red, green, and yellow. These color-coded signals are explained in the manual; for example, blinking green means that the Mubie is playing, and blinking red means that it's recording.

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Godot Aria Mubie M4150 (128MB)

Part Number: M4150 Released: Apr 1, 2004
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 1, 2004
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
    WMA
  • Type Flash player
  • Installed Size 128 MB
  • Run Time (Up To) 6 hour(s)
  • Weight 2 oz