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Packard Bell Eclipse review | Introduction

Published on: Friday, December 28th 2007                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Packard Bell MP4 player

O riginally Packard Bell is an American radio manufacturer founded in Los Angeles in 1933. Soon after Packard Bell started to manufacture consumer electronics which made the company very popular and well-known as the cheap computer manufacturer. The company's reputation however was not too good as far as quality was concerned and dropped even more when it turned out in 1995 that Packard Bell was selling recycled computers for new ones. After Packard Bell's withdrawal from the United States market in the year 2000, it remained a popular brand in Europe. A business man took over Packard Bell in 2006 and placed the company in Wijchen, The Netherlands. And by the end of 2007 Packard Bell was sold to Acer. The newest MP4 player of Packard Bell is the Eclipse. The Packard Bell Eclipse is a multimedia player available in a 2GB and 4GB version, for the price of respectively 100 and 130 Euros. The version we tested is the Packard Bell Eclipse 2GB.

Packard Bell Eclipse review

 

Packard Bell Eclipse MP4 Design

Packard Bell Eclipse MP4 Design

Packard-Bell MP3 player - Design

The Packard Bell Eclipse comes in a nice black box. Inside it, apart from the Eclipse MP4 player (black and grey), we found a neat case, headset for your ears with two extra sets of fittings, a USB / charge cable and a short manual. The Packard Bell Eclipse only weighs 45 grams and its dimensions are 92 x 49 x 10mm. The scratchproof TFT LCD QVGA colour monitor has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and its format is 2.2-inch. There are three buttons available on the front of the Eclipse for managing music, pictures and videos. Furthermore the top side of this MP4 player carries a slide-button that turns the Eclipse on or off and locks the MP4 player. The last two buttons are found on the side, one of which is a scroll wheel that can also be pressed down, with below it a button to return to the previous setting.

Packard Bell Eclipse review

Packard Bell Eclipse review

Packard Bell Eclipse multimedia player

The Packard Bell is capable of playing audio files of MP3 and WMA (DRM) format. The 2GB version of the Eclipse can hold approximately 520 songs in MP3 size or 720 in WMA (DRM) format. Furthermore the Eclipse has MPEG4, WMV and Xvid video format reproduction and JPEG picture reproduction at its disposal. The 2GB version is capable of storing more than 6000 pictures (VGA resolution) in JPEG format. Voice recording is also possible through the built-in microphone and the files will be stored as .wav file. A slide show function is also available for rendering the pictures sequentially. When the Lithium Ion battery is fully charged after 2.5 hours, it is capable of playing/reproducing 22 hours of audio, 4 hours of pictures or 3 hours of videos. The USB 2.0 High Speed enables fast file transfer between the Eclipse and a computer. Additional functions of the Eclipse are Games, Stopwatch, Calendar and the possibility of making Play lists.

 
 
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