Latte W10 Waterproof MP3 Player (Black)
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- Waterproof IPX8 Quality Control
- Shock resistant
- Neoprene Arm band
- Waterproof Earphone
- Waterproof up to 9.8ft
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Waterproof IPX8 Quality Control,Shock resistant,Neoprene Arm band ,Waterproof Earphone,Antioxidation Housing, Waterproof and Shock registant,USB 2.0,High speed, Memory: 4GB, Audio Format: MP3, WMA, Battery Type: Lighium Battery, Audio Playing Time: 7 Hours, Recharge Time: 3 Hours, Frequency Rnge:, 20-20KHz, SNR: 102db, Earphone Impedence: 32 Ohm, Earphone Output: 100db, Waterproof up to 9.8ft, Working Temperature 32-104 Degree Fahrenheit
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* Plays MP3 and WMA files
* 4 GB capacity
* Simple controls with 3 buttons: volume up/next track, volume down/previous track, play/pause/power
* Plenty loud for almost all of my tracks, even when listening through earplugs
* When you pause or power off, it remembers which track you're playing and the position in the track. That's really important if you listen to long tracks. (audio books, podcasts, etc.)
* Waterproof, durable
* Standard USB mass storage device
* About 8 hours of battery life
* Standard 3.5-mm headphone jack
* The player can probably be opened in order to replace the battery, if you have the right knowledge and tools.
* Buttons are small, and difficult to press with one hand
* Cannot fast forward or rewind within a track
* Earphones only make a good seal in your ear if you're above water and not being splashed or not moving around much. Once water gets past the seal, it blocks most of the sound and it's difficult to get the water out. I ended up using some "splash-proof" JVC earbuds instead, HA-EB70, along with earplugs to keep the water out of my ears.
* The player just plain doesn't work with some USB ports, and works unreliably with others. After trying several ports, I finally got reliable operation using a port on a powered USB hub. That suggests that the player draws more power than it should, which might be expected when the player is charging. So try different USB ports, a USB Y-cable, or let the battery charge for a couple of hours before you attempt to transfer any files.
* Per the instructions, you must never connect or disconnect the USB adapter cable from the player while the USB plug is plugged into a USB port. Doing so risks damaging the player and/or your PC's USB port. To give yourself an extra level of safety, always use a USB hub instead of connecting directly to your PC.
* In my experience (and from another review), the inside of the headphone jack must be completely dry before connecting it to your PC, or else your USB connection will be quite unreliable. (sudden disconnection, failed file transfers, filesystem corruption) Air drying generally is not sufficient. You need to blow the water out and then allow a lot of time for it to dry, or use a fan or heater. In the event of a failed file transfer, it's best to start over: dry the connector, connect it to your PC and reformat the volume, and then re-copy your files.
* The "pigtail" connector cable is a weak point, sure to fail after being flexed enough. I folded the cable back against the body of the player and secured it with electrical tape, and attached a neck lanyard's metal spring clip to the loop of tape.
* Tracks are grouped by folder, then by file type (MP3 before WMA), and then ordered by modification date, oldest tracks first. I configure MediaMonkey to put tracks in the root of the device, create a playlist with my podcast MP3s, and then drag the contents of the playlist onto the player. This copies the tracks in the order of the playlist, so they play back in that order. I put my music in a folder, so it plays after all of the tracks in the root.
If you listen to a lot of long tracks like radio podcasts, it's quite important to have a player that remembers the track and position. This is the only waterproof MP3 player that I know of with that property. So for that reason alone, it's the only player that would work for me. Finding suitable headphones and working around the USB problems are hassles, but ultimately this player does what I want.
After using the replacement from October 2010 to December, the unit act up again. This time Windows cannot detect the driver of the unit..."Unknown Device" and tried with XP and Vista...still failed. Sometime Window will see it if you hold reset and let go while connected to USB...whatever you do...Do NOT disconnect the 3.5mm jack while its plug into the USB port, this will surge your USB port and instant killed my laptop. Also, it is my strong belief that the design hold water in the receptacle and if there are even a slight moisture after your swim...do not charge this unit...this can short the circuit board.
So I don't have much hope on this 3rd unit. Note: I even electrically taped the headphone connection (3.5mm plug and receptacle) to eliminate water seepage so I've done everything as a caretaker of this baby.
Last word of advice, if you use it once a month then its a good investment else keep looking. If the mfg is reading this...the mp3 need a o-ring to keep the water out.