Haier America Video MP3 player review: Haier America Video MP3 player

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.0
  • Design: 4.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Haier America Video MP3 Player is cheap and the shuffle function works great.

The Bad Its design is passe, the controls are too sensitive, and the interface is quirky; many of the features are crippled.

The Bottom Line The Haier America Video MP3 Player is nothing special, but the shuffle works a treat.

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If you hope to survive against the reigning king of MP3 players, otherwise known as the Apple iPod Nano, you better have some jaw-dropping feature that makes you stand out. Unfortunately, while Haier America's latest offering, the HEC Video MP3 Player, puts a good foot forward with its solid sound quality and a very palatable price tag, its quirky navigation isn't going to do much to tempt prospective iPod buyers. However, if you've been hunting for a music device that actually has a decent shuffle algorithm, the HEC is worth a look.

As mentioned, the HEC Video MP3 Player's price may turn some heads. Although the 4GB version appears to carry an MSRP of around $80, it sells for closer to $45, and the $65 sticker on the 8GB comes closer to $55 in reality. And, yes, we do think it's odd that the suggested pricing is more for the 4GB than the 8GB. One thing we are sure of, though, is that both models' designs and features are much more in line with the lower pricing.

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Haier America Video MP3 Player (4GB)

Part Number: HV18A4G Released: Aug 15, 2009

MSRP: $89.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 15, 2009
  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Diagonal Size 1.8" m
  • Type 1 year parts and labor warranty
  • Sound Output Mode Stereo
  • Type digital player / radio