by R. K. Bloom

Four of the new MP3-Nexx Digital

Four of the new MP3-Nexx Digital

In the four years of stay Nexx Digital in the Russian market, MP3-players that have won great popularity among customers. High interest from potential users to Nexx Digital products can be caused by the presence of a wide range of portable players NEXX, and relatively low cost of these products, even though most players NEXX stylish design and well-equipped. Perhaps that is why Nexx Digital has been awarded this years first prize at the prestigious competition in the development and promotion of brands on the Russian market – BRAND / EFFIE 2006.

But its all poetry. For us in the first place is not important prizes and awards, and the work that is new, interesting and above models. So today we look at four devices: MP3-player NF-270, NF-385, NF-390 and NF-810.

Technical characteristics

NEXX NF-270

NF-270 is proposed as an inexpensive simple and reliable model of the MP3-player, perfect for all those who have not had to deal with digital technology. Therefore, most of all, do not expect too much of the player features, and better focus on quality and ease of use …

Completion

In a very compact box with a black player, the headphones were found, combined with a neck strap, carrying case with strap to be worn on the hand, USB cable, battery form factor of the AAA and Russian-language instruction manual.

Design and appearance

The player has a very modern design and at least a modern coloring. From afar, it seems that this is a normal box, in the form of which is available today, most portable MP3-player. But looking closer, it becomes clear that the shape of the NF-270 did their best. Bevelled edges, slightly protruding part of the battery compartment, rubber and pleasant to touch material of the body – all this say about the fact that the device is soundly and fairly expensive for their low status in society, which claims the manufacturer. The quality of all parts and fitting them to each other is impressive.

The top panel next to the display is a round button that is responsible for switching on / off the player, as well as start and stop playback. The rest of the controls (rewind button, volume control, menu and button activation record, sliding lock button) located on the side faces.

In general, the number of buttons, even a little bit surprised, especially when you consider that today, manufacturers often do not pay attention to ease of management – if only it was beautiful. In this sense, the NF-270 is really great for the beginner. Also on one of the side faces located and headphone jack. Two small parties are busy player interface connector and mounting holes for the neck strap.

In general, the player makes a very favorable impression by their appearance, which is not the case. Sewed it qualitatively, and it looks good, but that its dimensions do not correspond to the size of the player – the last look at this cover, as in the bag.

Work with a player

The soft rubberized material body, the player is very nice to handle. However, in the first place that helps the body form is convenient and intuitive layout of buttons. The only thing that slightly disappointed because its a little convenient management prevents headphone jack, which is just there, where I would like to put the thumb of his right hand in the capture of the player.

Included is the player very quickly – in just a few seconds. And to turn off the player should hold the Play button during those same two seconds. During this short time on the screen gradually fills a special test strips – as soon as it is full, you can let go of the button.

The maximum brightness of the two-color OLED-display is quite large, but in bright sunlight it is, of course, still fades. Total display has two adjustments – contrast and backlight. In general, two-color OLED-display is enough to clearly display all the necessary information about the parameters of the current work, playing track and charge the battery. The only thing not on display while playing songs – the parameters of its compression.

Problems with display of Russian Lyrics. Moreover, both Russian, and Latin fonts look very crisp and pleasing to the eye. Despite this, the manufacturer decided to make the menu graphics, though, after all, signed by the current icon. Simultaneously, the screen displays four icons that represent different menu items, a large icon of the current item and a little different textual information.

Of course Russian menu is very convenient. From the main branch, you can run any operating mode the player, and view the available files on the disk, for which even includes two steps – removal or playback.

Settings NF-270 does not differ remarkable, and their number is small. Six pieces equalizer settings: Normal, Pop, Rock, Classic, Jazz and Bass. Unfortunately, there is no manual adjustment, and has become a familiar connection of special effects.

FM-radio has not caused any complaints about the quality of reception, nor the convenience of working with him. The only comment relates to a saving stations found – it needs to go to the menu there and select the appropriate item. However, this is done infrequently, so strong to bring discomfort to the user should not.

Voice recorder with NF-270 in their sensitivity is very good, but gives a lot of background noise. However, recording is possible only in WAV-file with the quality of the 8, 16, 32 and 48 kHz.

Headset comes with a very comfortable when wearing a player around the neck, but they are far from ideal in terms of sound quality. Replace the headphones will be very useful, but for convenience (based on the design features), it is desirable to find a model with a curved or use an adapter plug.

In the MP3 playback at medium volume level audio player worked for about 12 hours, which corresponds to the claimed. Thats just by itself, this figure the competition does not seem great.

Testing the speed of file-sharing all four MP3-players was performed using a test of the AIDA package 32 3.93. NF-270 is recognized by the system as an external storage device without installing additional software, then it (and him), you can record any data including music files, which it subsequently be able to play. The results of testing the data rate can be described as quite acceptable, although the performance speed of writing data to the player are far from ideal. The test model has been involved with 512 MB of memory on board.

Findings

NEXX NF-270 – is an excellent choice as the first MP3-player, in which the presence of not too many options contributes to ease of administration.

Pros:

stylish design;

build quality;

the presence of a complete set of keys;

simplicity and ease of administration;

high quality design of the program;

good sound;

to work with your computer does not require additional software;

good equipment;

low cost.

Cons:

-Low quality headphones combined with a neck strap.

NEXX NF-385

The main highlight of this model according to the manufacturer is a built-in USB-connector. Therefore, for the NF-385 to connect to your PC no need to use a cable-mediator.

Completion

The box with the player is bigger than that of NF-270, however, as we shall see below, and the player itself also has large dimensions. In addition to the main unit in the box were found headphones, optional interface extension cable, battery form factor of the AAA, neck strap, carrying case and strap for carrying on her arm. The box was not found Russian-language manual, but for sure – it costs a test configuration, so do not worry.

Design and appearance

Dimensions of the player a little surprised – NF-385 is clearly not for lovers of modern miniaturized devices. It does not get lost in a handbag, and in the pocket of his jeans you will feel great. The design itself is quite interesting, though thats the entire top panel is covered with lacquer finish and get dirty instantly.

Office of NF-385 is fundamentally different from what we saw in the NF-270. The main unit buttons (cursor) is located next to the display. Two more buttons are located on the top of the concave face.

Sliding keyboard lock button located on the bottom.

One of the sides is occupied by the headphone jack, microphone hole fixing and neck lace. The opposite side is a silver plastic lid is closed, which is located under the port USB.

Not removing this cover can not get close to a battery compartment that protrudes slightly beyond the edges of the player.

In general, the player made a rather qualitative, but very catchy and unusual design, and, besides, a large size. In general, for an amateur.

Cover player, and especially the strap to be worn on the hand, made a lot easier and less accurately than the NF-270. Strap in general are not well kept at hand – always at odds. But the case itself is designed precisely for dimensions of the model – the player it is a moderately tight, and all the holes in the plastic arts correspond to the buttons on the player.

Work with a player

The player is well in hand, but because of its very large mirror coating instantly spoiled. However, traces of fatty fingers easily removed with a soft cloth. Another point which I would like to mention – is the ratio of area of ??the front panel of the player (with a huge free space) with an area of ??the display. The display on the background of such a space seems so very small that spoils the general impression.

Activated NF-385 is not too fast – it takes about eight seconds. But going off in two seconds, with exactly the same as that of the NF-270 – with the filling of the indicator.

The display at the NF-385 has a very high maximum brightness. Despite the fact that their size and color, he repeats the display player NF-270, brightness and sharpness pleased him apart on closer examination. But the fly in the ointment here is some “curve” Russian font – not too good and crafted translation and grammatical errors occur. Russian-language tags and the same song titles displayed on the screen without any problems.

Generally, the display NF-385 at work is as informative as the previous model NF-270 – is not only displayed bitrate recording.

The menu is built not too convenient and readable. First, it is text, and secondly, still suffers from translation. Settings for NF-385, as well as a NF-270, not very much. From the sound settings there are only six equalizer presets Normal, Pop, Rock, Classic, Jazz and Bass. Manual adjustment is absent. No special effects are not.

FM-radio interface is very nice and friendly. He is almost completely copies like interface from the player NF-270. Setting up stations and the reception quality is satisfactory.

Recorder writes a lot of extraneous noise. But the worst thing is that the recorder settings for NF-385 does not have any. The recording is done only in the format of the WAV.

Headphones that came with can not stand criticism, and, like most other MP3-players, are only suitable for pre-test the player – it is better to buy something more suitable. The very same sound quality is comparable with that demonstrated NF-270. But for more accurate results still would like to see on board the manual equalizer settings, which are now found in most portable MP3-player.

As well as the NF-270, MP3 playback at medium volume level audio player worked for about 12 hours, which corresponds to the claimed.

When you connect the player to the computer, the definition is no problem, and then you can use the device as an external drive without installing additional software. But the test results for the rate of exchange were not the most comforting – the player refused to support a high speed connection to USB 2.0 Full Speed, and showed very low results. In this case the model was tested with 2 GB of memory on board.

Findings

NEXX NF-385 will only fit is not too demanding of the user, since is not very comfortable and the menu control, error in translation, and extremely low data rate. However, for others it can serve as a justification for the unusual design (an amateur) and the presence on board of USB.

Pros:

build quality;

good sound;

to work with your computer does not require additional software;

good equipment;

low cost.

Cons:

difficulty in control and not the most user-friendly menu;

errors in translation menu;

earphones poor quality;

extremely low rate of exchange with the computer.