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>> This is Donald Bell, senior editor of digital audio in MP3. Today we are taking a first look at the Phillips Go-Gear flash -based MP3 player. The player is small; it fits in your hand. Retail is for about fifty nine dollars for the 1 GB version, there is a 2 GB version out there to the 4020 and that's seventy nine dollars. Feels good I imagine if you were jogging or if you are exercising feeling it kind of in your fist, going for a jog. It's lacking some features; it doesn't have an FM tuner, which would be really great for an exercise kind of player. Works over, USB 2.0 connection, the connection is down here at the bottom. The display is still pretty dim and it's really hard to see the little tiny text, the little two lines of text, I think that's probably one of the biggest drawbacks on it, is that the display is really small and that it lacks the FM tuner. It's powered off of a AAA battery in the back, the battery life isn't so great on this, it's rated about 10 hours. The player does have built an EQ presets on it, unfortunately when I tried out the EQ there is a noticeable drop in volume which makes it kind of feel like it's taking away from the music instead of adding to your music. The other thing I noticed about this player is that when I remove my headphones from that little headphone port here at the top and my earphones are still in, it does produce a somewhat loud crackling sound, which if you are like me and you wind up removing your headphone before you power down your player could be an annoyance. All in all it's a fair MP3 player, it's got a great price tag, it's small, it's kind of stripped-down in its functionality but it does what it does pretty well. For those who would spend maybe another ten or twenty dollars on an MP3 player, there is a few better ones out there but if you like the looks of the Phillips Go-Gear player and you like the price it could be the perfect player for you. This is Donald Bell and that was the first look at the Phillips Go-Gear flash-based MP3 player.
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