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Mutant MIG-PIR-1 M Internet Radio
on September 13, 2011
The item was shipped quickly and recieved as described, a little about my experience with the Mutant:
Easy to set up, you set up your personal preferences at [...] page where you can search for specific stations to upload into your Mutant which downloads into your Mutant, works fine. A nice compact portable WIFI radio with FM.
It has a very bright green (Charged) & a bright red (needs charging) strip of light in the middle of the radio which is approx 2 1/4" long & 1/8" wide which I find annoying and a waste of battery power. I would have much preferred a little round 1/8" red/green indicator, it wouldn't be as annoying and would add to battery life to each charge, even if it's 5 minutes.
The sensitivity of the radio is ok but could be better. When I use my laptop, netbook other wifi items they do a much better job of pulling in the signal & locking it where the Mutant at 1/2 the distance loses the signal periodically over a 2 hour time period though it usually recaptures it automatically. The lose of signal varies each time.
A problem I ran into this morning is indicated below by an email I sent to Mutant. A little over a month of actual duty of maybe 60 hours now unusable, I find uncomfortable. Maybe it was a quirk that was in my Mutant.
I will post a follow-up with Mutant.
This is a copy of e-mail I sent to Mutant Innovation Group:
I ordered the Mutant MIG-PIR-1 M WIFI internet radio on Amazon on July 29th & recieved it Aug 5th 2011. It worked fine till early this morning when I fell asleep with the radio on (green light on when I woke up) for about 4 hours. I tried to turn it off nothing happened, plugged it in, tried to turn it off again, nothing happened. I reset, it shut off & was not able to put it on again, charged it up & still does not go on. I would appreciate your help.
Last night I found out my wife tried shutting the mutant when I was sleeping by pressing the buttons, switching the switches & turning the knobs... at that point I checked the lock & sure enough the lock was activated. After UN-locking the unit it worked! I guess I was the quirk, not the unit. I forgot it had the lock, stupid me.
I had recieved a response almost exactly 24 hours after I e-mailed Mutant in reference to the problem & I just emailed him back that the problem seems resolved and added the specifics & thanked him for his interest in my problem.
I Still have & use Mutant periodically & it runs well but loses signal often even when there is a strong signal coming in. It cannot lock it in. At times we listen in shower & it loses the signal which is pretty frustrating. IF that was repaired on an update or such I would give it at LEAST 4 stars.