on August 30, 2012
In addition to the awful battery life (I bought it for FM radio, and a full charge will last about 4-5 hours), the stupid thing won't even charge on my laptop, I've tried about everything. IF you can get it to a full charge, there is no way it'll last 8 hours, especially if you use more than the radio.
on February 11, 2014
I have had nothing but trouble with this. It needs to be recharged every 2 hours at most, so it's hard to go anywhere with it. Half of the time, when I turn it off, it will not save the spot I was at, so I have to search for it. And now it just erased all the files listed by artist. It is more trouble than it's worth. Look for something better.
on June 21, 2014
Bought this a week and a half or so ago because I lost a Kubik EVO. Which I LOVED. This
piece? Not so much. I have been having the same battery issues as with the other reviews.
On top of the power button only working when it wants too, the music randomly stops during playback.
And I'm pretty sure it's just died on me. I will keep playing around with it for a while in the hopes that this little hack job of an MP3 player can make it longer than a week and a half, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
Plus, if you have a memory card installed, you cannot access through the main directory. You have to scroll through, select card directory, etc.
I enjoyed the sound through headphones, but that was about it for this guy. Even the USB lead in is WAY too short to charge from a desktop. Just hangs there. Way to risk damaging your own product.
Not recommended. At least I picked up a 16 gig SD card when I got it so I have SOMETHING out of the deal.
on July 29, 2014
Some time ago, I lost a Samsung MP3 player that I loved to bits despite it having a broken volume button (my fault for dropping the thing, I guess...). Searching for a replacement, I ended up with this Eclipse player. The list of special features was impressive -- in addition to music, it could play video, take photos, and let you read e-books. I doubted I would use all these features, however, and was just glad to have a replacement to play my music on. And it was cheap, so getting so many features for a low price was a plus, right?
You know the old adage "you get what you pay for?" It's VERY true in this case, and this "cheap" MP3 player was an extreme headache for its short lifespan.
Echoing what other reviewers have said, this player has a short battery life. It generally has to be recharged after an hour or two of playback time, so don't expect it to last long on a long car trip. And if you use the power switch on the top to turn it off, it will restart your playlist from the very beginning. You have to press and hold the center button to turn it off without resetting your settings to default -- I had to contact customer support to learn this. And to top it off, the "random" setting doesn't work. If you set it to random, listen for awhile, then turn it off and back on (even using the center button instead of the actual "power" button), it will play the same playlist over again from the beginning. It's not truly random if it's the same songs each time, people.
The player itself looks nice and sleek but feels flimsy. It's very thin and, hence, seems like it would be easy to break. And the clear plastic screen pops out all too easily. The only benefit of this is that it makes it handy to clean dust and debris from behind said screen.
As for the other features? Yes, it can play video, but only exceptionally grainy video. Yes, it can display e-books, but the tiny screen means you only see a sentence at a time or so, and for a fast reader like me this is a headache. And yes, it can take pictures, but like the video it's very grainy, tiny pictures that are all but useless for anything.
The final nail in the coffin is that the player up and died on me about a month ago. It simply shut down as I was trying to get it to play music, and no amount of fiddling with it would get it to power back up or even charge. I expect an MP3 player to last longer than six months, and not turn into a glorified paperweight without warning.
I've never had good luck with Eclipse-brand MP3 players, so I highly recommend that people look for another brand instead of this one. It's not worth your time or money.
P.S. The instruction manual gives you a phone number and an e-mail address for customer support, but I've only been able to get to an actual human once via the e-mail address, and never through the phone number. Don't expect either to be helpful.
on November 12, 2013
Bought a 180 neon series(green) and loaded music on it as well as deleted crappy music preloaded on it. Would sound ok but I have 2 issues: it won't sync to the Sync on my Ford vehicle although Nextar, GPX and Sylvania will (does not even detect it is plugged into USB). Secondly when I turn it off and turn it back on later it always goes to the first song rather than starting where it left off. THIS PASSED R AND D?! Considering getting refund. Paid $19 at big lots for it to replace Sylvania that had broken usb jack. It costs less and worked better than this. Probably would be better off with Emerson and they suck. Thought it may at least be ok for exercise but issue #2 blows that theory. my first and last Eclipse
on January 3, 2014
Good player holds charge for several hours, DOWN LOAD THE COMPLETE MANUAL FROM INTERNET BEFORE OPERATING!
If not the screen saver will not activate and suck the battery dry in 1-2 hours. I found out the hard way. I was ready to return, searched for a complete manual. Works great if you know how to set it.
Instruction sheet that comes with it is worthless