MobiBlu DAH-1200 review: MobiBlu DAH-1200

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good Acceptable audio quality; voice, FM, and line-in recording; decent FM radio reception; nifty USB docking station; uses one AAA battery.

The Bad Frustrating controls; screen cluttered with too much information; slow transfer times; ignores folders and flattens out song lists; poor included headphones; mediocre battery life.

The Bottom Line The DAH-1200 is a classic "kitchen sink" player that does everything reasonably well, but its unintuitive user interface spoils the fun.

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MobiBlu DAH-1200 series

MobiBlu's sleek but notably clumsy DAH-1200 is packed full of features. This flash-based portable, available in 128MB ($100), 256MB ($120), 512MB ($150), or 1GB ($190) versions, takes the opposite tack of Apple's iPod Shuffle.

A study in minimalism and focus, the Shuffle lets you listen to audio files, and that's about it. The MobiBlu DAH-1200 follows a different path. It starts with a screen cluttered with information, and the far right side is wasted on a list of all the stock EQ profiles that are better left to inner menus. The player also has an FM tuner (20 automatic presets), a voice recorder, and, like many WMA flash players with those features, the ability to record from FM. It can also encode directly to MP3 through a line-in jack. Along with DRM-protected WMA files, the DAH-1200 can play OGG and MP3 files; unfortunately, thanks to a USB 1.1 connection, it takes a good long while to sync these files onto the player.

Measuring 2.9 by 1.5 by 0.8 inches and weighing 1.5 ounces with a AAA battery, the DAH-1200 is shorter but wider and thicker than the iPod Shuffle. It's larger in every respect than the Creative MuVo Micro, though. It comes in two colors: Pearlescent White for the two smaller versions and Polished Black for the two larger capacities.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Run Time (Up To) 12 hour(s)
  • Capacity 1 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 1.3 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards protected WMA (DRM)
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player / radio
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