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Photo gallery: Mach Speed Trio TV5

Despite an appealing price and a promising list of features, the Mach Speed Trio TV5 was a big disappointment.

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The TV5's graphical user interface does have a certain Windows 95 retro appeal. This is also a good shot of the battery status indicator in the upper right-hand corner, next to the time display. Looks empty, right? Nope. That's a full charge. Confused? So were we.
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Look at all those features. Too bad they're all doomed. Any guess on how to turn the volume down on this thing?
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Even if you just use it as a PMP, your reputation might get tarnished by owning a substandard product like the Trio TV5. Best to keep this thing hidden away in your pocket.
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Package contents:
  • Charger
  • iPod knock-off earbuds
  • AV composite cable ending in nonstandard 2.5mm microjack
  • Standard 3.5mm stereo minijack-to- nonstandard 2.5mm stereo microjack cable (even though all recordings turn out monophonic)
  • USB standard-to-mini cable
  • Fuzzy pouch
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Top to bottom, you're looking at the TV5's power input (no, it doesn't power off of USB), USB connection, minijack headphone output, and 2.5mm AV output and input.
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The cheap, plastic buttons on the top of the Trio TV5 make an audible, hollow click. No big deal. Understanding what buttons A and B actually do is another story.
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The Trio TV5 features a colorful and bright screen. Unfortunately, because there's no way to dim the screen, the TV5 delivers poor battery performance.
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We found the Mach Speed Trio TV5 to be a noisy and frustrating player. Maybe you'll have better luck.

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