Play music for days on end with the mobiBLU B153 flash memory digital audio player, which features an amazing 150 hours of continuous play per battery charge. With normal use (a couple of hours each day), you can go well over a month before you'll need to recharge the device, making it a handy audio accessory for long road trips or forgetful listeners. The multifunction B153 is no slouch from a compatibility perspective, either, with support for MP3, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis audio files, along with a built-in FM tuner, a voice recorder (via the built-in microphone), and line-in recording capability. The 512 MB of flash memory, meanwhile, holds approximately eight hours of CD-quality MP3 tracks (encoded at 128 kbps) or 16 hours of WMA tracks (at 64 kbps).
The FM radio doesn't just play your favorite stations; it also lets you record FM programming onto the device's memory, so you can catch "Car Talk" or your favorite late-night program if you missed it the first time. Travelers will also dig the integrated clock, which includes an alarm for waking to your favorite music. And thanks to the direct encoding function, you can record from such external sound sources as receivers, CD players, cassette decks, and other audio players with the touch of a button. The files can then be saved in multiple folders, which can be selected and played as if in a Windows environment. Other features include six equalizer presets, USB mass storage capability, upgradeable firmware, and SRS WOW 3D virtual surround sound.
The B153 connects to your PC via its USB 2.0 connection (cable included), which features download speeds of up to one second per song, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP or Mac OS 9.x or 10.x or higher operating systems. Plus, the device requires no extra battery or recharger, as the advanced battery system is easily recharged through the USB port. The B153 measures 2.56 by 1.75 by 0.84 inches (W x H x D), weights 2.3 ounces, and is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
mobiBLU B153 player, stereo headphones, carrying case, neckstrap, USB cable, installation CD-ROM, user's manual.