Edge Memory DiskGo
The Edge Memory DiskGo comes close to being a really solid flash-memory-based MP3 player. It sounds good and plays all the file types we expect, including protected WMAs purchased from online music services. It even has an expansion slot, a radio, and the ability to record voice memos. But tiny buttons and a poorly designed screen make this player no fun to use.
With its square, pucklike shape and its silver and dark-gray colors, the DiskGo isn't a particularly stylish player, but it's easy enough on the eyes. It's relatively small and light (2.25 by 2.25 by 0.63 inches; 2.4 ounces), and it reminds us of the old. On the front is a small, blue-backlit LCD. As with so many players, the screen is overcrowded with cryptic icons and doesn't dedicate enough space for the most important information, such as the song name--the text is tiny. Worse, the player's case casts a shadow onto the LCD, obscuring the song name when the backlight is off.
Along the top of the player are five buttons to control playback and to change between the device's various modes. There's also a slot to add up to 512MB of SD or MMC media to increase your music storage. On the left side are two tiny rocker buttons: one for volume control and the other to engage A/B-repeat or to delete files. Both buttons are far too small and don't offer much tactile feedback. We were never sure we were hitting the correct side of the volume button until we heard the change in the headphones.
The DiskGo plays songs in alphabetical order based on the Windows filename. If you want songs to play in a particular sequence, you must rename the files. If that's too much effort, there's a feature to shuffle or repeat song playback. The DiskGo sometimes stops playing when it gets to a copy-protected file. Pressing Play restarts the music in the right place, but if you press Previous Track, the player locks up and reboots. This is an odd and irritating glitch.
Transferring music to the Edge Memory DiskGo is a little funny. The player's built-in memory shows up as one removable drive in Windows Explorer while the SD slot shows up as a second drive. If you're using an SD card, you need to transfer music in two steps: first, moving songs to the built-in memory, then transferring other songs to the card. You can use either Windows Explorer or Media Player to accomplish the transfers, though Windows Media Player is required for copy-protected files. Fortunately, all the music plays back as if it were one big collection.