Insignia Pilot review: Insignia Pilot

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Insignia Pilot is an incredible value for a media player, and it's packed with features: Bluetooth, FM radio, line-in recording, photo and video support, and Rhapsody DNA Integration. It plays back a wide variety of audio formats and is compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs.

The Bad The Insignia Pilot's sound quality is only so-so, and it's on the large side for a flash player.

The Bottom Line The Insignia Pilot won't please audio purists, but it's a great option for feature hounds who appreciate a good value--and the ability to listen to music sans wires.

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Somewhat surprisingly, Best Buy's own Insignia brand of MP3 players has gained quite a bit of popularity among consumers lately. That's not to say that the devices aren't good (quite the opposite, actually), but in this image-conscious market, "cheap" electronics under generic brands usually don't turn heads. Yet that's exactly what the Insignia Pilot is doing, likely because of its laundry list of features and rock-bottom pricing: the 8GB tags in at just $160, while the 4GB version runs at a slightly less-impressive $130. The Pilot might not be the best-sounding player on the block, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a better value.

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Insignia Pilot with Bluetooth (4GB)

Part Number: NS-4V24
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Weight 2.1 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards WAV
    Protected WMA (DRM 10)
    Ogg Vorbis
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Diagonal Size 2.4 in
  • Type 1 year warranty
  • Sound Output Mode Stereo
  • Type Digital player / radio
  • Run Time (Up To) 25 hour(s)
  • Capacity 4 GB