Haier America Trainer (2GB review: Haier America Trainer (2GB

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Haier America Trainer is ultracompact and light and includes a built-in clip. The player features an FM tuner as well as several handy fitness-friendly extras such as a heart rate monitor, a pedometer, and a stop watch. It comes with useful fitness-tracking software. The player can be used with Mac or Windows.

The Bad The Trainer doesn't support playlists and the pedometer is not always accurate. The fitness software is Windows only.

The Bottom Line The Haier America Trainer is a suitable option for fitness fanatics who want to kill multiple birds with one stone, as it's an MP3 player, a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, and has fitness-tracking software in one handy package.

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MP3 players fulfill many roles for the people who use them. For some, a portable audio device is true to form as an essential commuter companion; others turn their players into home audio systems by attaching them to speakers. But one of the most popular uses for an MP3 player is as a workout motivator, which is why companies have packed fitness-friendly extras into the devices over the years. The most recent example is found in the Haier America Trainer, a 2GB player with a surfeit of features aimed at getting you in shape. At $60, the Trainer is a solid investment for gym rats who want to get the absolute most out of an MP3 player.

Like any good fitness-friendly MP3 player, the Trainer is supersmall, light, and durable. It also features a built-in belt clip so you can attach it to your clothes during workouts. The unit is constructed of sweat-resistant plastic that's decked out in muted blue, gray, and black. A small, monochrome LCD on the front is flanked by a navigation button, dedicated volume controls, playback keys (play/pause and track forward/reverse), and a heart rate sensor. Around the edges of the device, you'll find a power/hold switch, a standard USB port, a menu button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Where to Buy See All

Haier America Trainer (2GB, blue)

Part Number: HHH1A-2G Released: Mar. 11, 2009
MSRP: $99.99 Low Price: $20.00 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar. 11, 2009
  • Built-in Display OLED
  • Color Blue
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Diagonal Size 1" m
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player / radio
  • Run Time (Up To) 10 hour(s)
  • Capacity 2 GB
About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.