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X-Micro X-VDO F610 review | Introduction

Published on: Friday, January 5th 2007                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

X Micro has endeavoured to produce and deliver top quality products since it was started in 1999. X-Micro's philosophy is based on delivering products that surpass the consumers' expectations. Considering their huge range, this goal seems to be within reach. X-Micro's current range includes WLAN routers, USB adapters, USB memory sticks, mini hard disks and MP3 players. X-Micro's products have an attractive, modern design and each product whether it is a USB stick or an USB printer adapter has its own unique features. We were able to test one of the MP3 players from the X-Micro range for several weeks, the 2GB X-Micro X-VDO MP4 F610.

X-Micro X-VDO F610 review


MPEG 4 Compression

MPEG 4 Compression

X-Micro X-VDO F610 - MPEG 4

The X-Micro X-VDO MP4 F610 is a light, compact MP3 player with many varying functions. Actually, it is not really accurate to call the X-Micro F610 an MP3 player as it is a fully fledged MP4 player. Some of you will now be asking, 'What is MP4?' The files in MP4 format are video files to which a MPEG-4 video compression technique has been applied. The applied 'reduction' makes the files several times smaller than the original video file. This technique is used a lot in mobile equipment like mobile phones and video walkmans. When MPEG-4 compression first appeared on the market it often meant a loss of quality. This no longer applies that much nowadays. I was unable to discover any loss of quality while transforming the X-Micro X-VDO F610 files with the accompanying software.

1.5 Inch OLED display

1.5 Inch OLED display

X-Micro X-VDO F610 - OLED display

The X-Micro X-VDO MP4 F610's screen is a 1.5-inch OLED display screen with 262,000 colours. It is a clear, sharp screen that produces clear, high quality images with videos, photos and the menu. The menu is easy to operate, and it didn't take me long to find all the functions in the menu. An extra advantage is that you can use the X-Micro MP4 F610 in your own language. The X-Micro F610 can be set in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and traditional Chinese. A small icon for every part of the menu makes all the functions. Despite the rather large screen, X-Micro has managed to keep the F610 MP4 very compact with measurements of only 76 x 44 x 16.5 mm.

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