Insignia NS-DV

The Good The Insignia 4GB Video MP3 Player is one of the first MP3 players to offer built-in Bluetooth. It's also a good value and offers several desirable features such as an FM radio, video playback capability, subscription music support, and a removable, rechargeable battery. Plus, it's easy to use and includes a microSD card slot for adding more memory, and the 8-hour battery life for video is highly impressive.

The Bad The Insignia 4GB Video MP3 Player doesn't include compatible Bluetooth headphones, it doesn't have the best sound quality, and image quality could be better. It's bulky for a flash player.

The Bottom Line Thanks to built-in Bluetooth, an affordable price, a wide array of desirable features and a graphically pleasing, user-friendly interface, Insignia 4GB Video MP3 Player is a solid choice for budget-conscious users, first-timers, and wire-haters.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Insignia NS-DV

Would you believe that Best Buy would be among the first DAP manufacturers to release an MP3 player with built-in Bluetooth? Me either, but indeed it is true. The Insignia 4GB Video MP3 Player isn't the most creatively named of the bunch, but it's surprisingly impressive in a variety of ways. It's easy to use, it has a large screen, a plethora of features, it's very affordable at just $160, and remember: that's with built-in Bluetooth. The player is bulky for a Flash device, its audio and video quality could be better, and it doesn't include compatible Bluetooth headphones, but for first-timers and users who want tons of features for a budget price, the Insignia is a suitable option.

At 3.9x1.8x0.6 inches, the Insignia is on the hefty side, but it should still fit in most pockets. The unit looks all black, but its shiny plastic face is actually a very dark blue. In fact, this and the little Bluetooth symbol stamped on the front are the only physical characteristics that distinguish it from the Insignia MP3 Player & Image Viewer. An ample 2.2-inch color screen takes up about two-thirds of the front, while playback controls take up the other third. Two tactile buttons--power and menu--rest above a five-way control wheel: a play/pause key is surrounded by a mechanical scroll wheel that can also be pressed down in four directions to shuttle through tracks or display options. The top of the device houses the hold switch and a MicroSD card slot (for adding more memory), while the right side offers standard headphone and mini USB ports. Along the bottom, you'll find a reset hole and a line-in jack, which can also be used for a second set of headphones--hurrah for shared listening! The Insignia's overall design is pretty blah, but it gets the job done. We are pleased to note a user-replaceable and rechargeable battery rests under a cover in the back.

For a budget player, the Insignia's interface and screen are surprisingly pleasant and bright--unlike a certain Sansa we can think of. The top menu is driven by a series of icons indicating the various selections. The icons are arranged in a circle, and the center of the circle holds a description of whichever one you have highlighted--it's quite handy. Entering the music submenu takes you to a tabbed screen (which reminds us of the Media Center interface) with various selections across the top, such as Now Playing, Artist, Album, Playlist, and so on. You can scroll through these, then select one and scroll down the contextual lists. The Insignia had no problem recognizing playlists that we transferred from Windows Media Player, and it mounted as an MTP device on our Windows XP machine with no software required.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Best Buy
  • Type digital player / radio
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Color black
  • Capacity 4 GB
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 m
  • Run Time (Up To) 20 hour(s)
  • Weight 2.4 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards Audible, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, protected WMA (DRM)
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Type LCD
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Type 1 year warranty
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model 4GB, Bluetooth

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