mobiBLU DAH-1500i Cube Digital Audio Player Review
3 March 2006
Excerpt: When it comes to digital audio players or MP3 players, size really matters. Size doesn’t just refer to physical dimensions, though. It also refers to storage capacity. Typically, smaller players have less storage capacity (256MB to 4GB+ versus the 20GB+ of larger players), which means you can’t carry as many songs and files with you. You might think that physically smaller MP3 players are cheaper than larger players, but that’s often not the case.
Excerpt: (1 items) MobiBlu’s diminutive MP3 player, the DAH-1500i, packs a few miles of features into a player that measures less than one cubic inch. In addition to the MP3 player, it sports an FM tuner and recorder, voice recorder, file storage, and a clock. It also has an equalizer with five presets and one user-defined setting, and an SRS function to enhance bass and surround sound. Although the MobiBlu is not iTunes-compatible, loading songs is a snap.
Pros: Easy to use out of the box, Innovative combination headphone and lanyard design, Great voice- and FM-recording capabilities, EQ presets and custom setting plus SRS option help songs sound even sweeter, Ultra-compact form-factor great for traveling light
Cons: Small buttons and display make navigation difficult, Poor FM reception, Display shows filenames rather than artist and track info, No iTunes integration
Conclusion: The Cube Crate Protective Case, as they call it, gives the cube a little protection against bumps and corner nudges. It stretches enough to be slipped on the cube. The round hole for the nav buttons cramp that area a bit. The edges of the rubber lined up to the edge of the button, making the outer buttons a bit harder to press. It makes my finger go closer to the center button and that results to accidental presses on the Play/Pause button. A minor setback I guess,...
Pros: It's so small it's cute, Decently priced, FM tuner, Recording support (Voice and FM tuner), Comes in a variety of colors, Simple but effective display/GUI, Comes with the necessary accessories, Doubles as a USB storage device, Maximum of 1GB storage
Cons: It's so small it can be a choking hazard, Earbuds on the earphones can fall off from your ear quite easily, The cliché white earphones, Charging is limited to using the included data cable/charger, Known firmware problems
Conclusion: The players inability to play tracks in order must be fixed, this is what I consider to be the players major flaw (MobiBLU, please fix this!). In addition, it could improve on the track transition and possibly add gapless playback. Other than that, MobiBLU has created a very nice MP3 player in a miniature package without sacrificing usability. The DAH-1500i is a great on-the-go player for its tiny size and necklace headphones.
Conclusion: If I had to change something about the MobiBLU DAH-1500 it would be the poor track transition and this may be fixable in the future by a firmware update. It is what I believe to be the player’s only major fault. Other than that, MobiBLU has created a very nice MP3 player in a miniature package without sacrificing usability. The DAH-1500 is a great on-the-go player for its tiny size and necklace headphones. The screen is bright and the navigation is well thought out.