This compliance with known standards enables the device to function on any computer with a USB subsystem without the need for any drivers other than what’s already provided by the host machine’s operating system. In short, the Koolsteel can be used as a dictaphone or something discreet even sneaky? The manufacturer claims that this device will run for 30 hours on a full charge, which takes hours. It is compatible with both USB 1. If we now add up the points, the Koolsteel has earned 44 out of a potential
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Full marks for this.
The provided cable means maximum practicality. Maybe it would have been more practical had the device been perhaps a little flatter and wider less intrusive in the pocket but you can’t have everything, and I suppose I’m really looking actively for defects in the design here.
The only format available for recording is MP3 OGG would have been nice and the bitrate can be set to one of 5 settings from 64Kbps pretty awful to Kbps not bad at all. I would therefore give the Koolsteel full marks if it weren’t for the fact that the only way I’ve found so far to see how much space you have left is to connect it to a computer. Only 2 points here. I’m not completely stoopid when it comes to operating technical gadgets and yet I needed the operating manual to find out how to use this thing.
The FM receiver does work fairly well even though it lacks a little sensitivity. The CD-ROM contains the software needed to upgrade the Koolsteel’s internal firmware if necessary, drivers for Windows 98 which doesn’t know how to handle usb-storage otherwiseproduct fiches for just about everything ever sold by MemUp just in case you were thinking of buying the entire product range and a mini website that serves as an instruction manual.
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The manufacturer claims that this device will run for 30 hours on a full charge, which takes hours. Memuo is also possible to record a radio transmission directly to MP3 at a bitrate from 64Kbps to Kbps.
The audio quality of recordings from the line input is good provided you set the gain correctly there is no pesky automatic level control to distort the envelope beyond memuup. MP3 and WMA do not interest me in the least since they are both proprietary formats that are plagued with royalty and patent issues when it comes to creating such files. However, by using good headphones and a file you know to be encoded pm3 good quality, you can get an idea of the quality of the device’s decoding algorithms and output amplifier.
The output is perfectly acceptable, except in some rare circumstances where you can hear some distortion very briefly distortion that memyp not heard when playing back the same file on the PC using ogg for example. It is nothowever, practical for recording using the line input. I find the idea of the retractable USB plug and plugging the whole thing into the USB port just like a pen drive in fact quite ingenious, and the light weight of the device means very little stress on the retractable “tongue” part.
The Koolsteel satisfies all four demands. So, the intent was there, but it certainly didn’t exactly work with the line input cable or the strap. Lovers of live music will be disappointed with the Koolsteel because it fades one track out before fading into the next. This connection allows the exchange of data between the Koolsteel and the computer and it also provides the Koolsteel with power in order to recharge the built-in rechargeable battery which, according to the manufacturer’s claims, can power the device for up to 30 hours.
The Koolsteel can then be plugged as is, directly into the USB port if the port is accessible, or you can insert the provided, 1m-long USB extension cable. This compliance with known standards enables the device to function on any computer with a USB subsystem without the need for any drivers other than what’s already provided by the host machine’s operating system. The reason I bought this device was in order to accomodate a growing habit of mine to rip titles from my Audio CDs, encode them to OGG files, dump them onto various 64MB CompactFlash cards I have and switch cards to listen to different “compilations” according to taste and mood.
It needs to be done with the headphones and the line input disconnected, and the plastic-covered wire that it’s made of is a little stiff, which doesn’t help pushing it through the small loop on one end in order to fix it to the Koolsteel.
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The Koolsteel is also capable of recording audio from the radio, from its built-in mono microphone or from its line input. The MemUp Koolsteel is primarily a solid-state digital audio playback device with a few gimmicks. Other than that, the gold-plated contacts are a nice touch… The carrying strap is evidently designed for the user to wear around the neck. Here’s the page for the Koolsteel on the manufacturer’s website: The line input cable is totally useless.
OGG files of a reasonable quality run at a little under a mp per minute.
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A mAh lithium polymer battery is sealed inside the unit, thus removing the need to change batteries but also leaving you in the lurch if it does go flat and you’re nowhere near a computer’s USB port. Only 3 points here. This is perfect for my needs, even if others might want more capacity. Their audio quality is surprisingly good, but they are a little large for my ears and even become quite painful after prolonged use.