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Packard Bell AudioKey Max review | Features

Published on: Wednesday, June 4th 2008                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Playing music

Playing music

Music menu

The menu option 'Music' offers in fact the same as the start-up screen; the name of the song, the remaining time of the song, track number, your equalizer setting and the battery status. It's quite a bit of information for a monitor this size, but Packard Bell did a good job in keeping it well-organized. A lot of icons are used to clarify the meaning. The 1GB version can hold some 250 music songs. MP3 as well as WMA formats can be played.

MP3 player earplugs

MP3 player earplugs

MP3 music quality

The Packard Bell AudioKey Max produces an extremely clear sound in combination with the included earplugs. I am surprised again because of the sound coming from a small device like this. Even when the volume is turned up completely, the sound remains clear. Using the possibilities the equalizer offers, you can even optimise your music further. Whether it's a quiet music song you want to listen to, or a song with a lot of bass in it, this Packard Bell MP3 music player keeps coming up with a surprisingly nice sound.

Searching music tracks

Searching music tracks

Navigation menu

The menu option 'Navigation' offers a good overview of all the files that are available on your MP3 player. Whether it is a recording, a song or a file with music tracks, you can find them all in this menu selection. The standard music screen displays every music track randomly, and when the MP3 player contains many tracks, the navigation function is very convenient to switch from file and track. The icons show whether you're dealing with a file or an MP3 file.

 

Recording radio songs

Recording radio songs

Record menu

The menu 'Record' allows you to make a voice recording. After making the voice recording, you will be asked if you want to save the recording. For example; I made a voice recording of two people chatting away with music in the background. Both the music and the people were clearly audible. Hardly any noise is perceptible, which even makes it possible to record a song from the radio, one-to-one, and still obtain a good quality. The bass is obvious in the recordings as well as the music, but never in a dominating way.

Voice recording

Voice recording

Speech menu

The 'Speech' menu allows for listening to a voice recording. Using the round navigation button, you can scroll through the various voice recordings. It’s a pity the device doesn't allow you to delete a voice recording in the device itself. You have to connect the MP3 player to the computer first. This also goes for when you want to change a file name. Voice recordings are stored in .WAV format.

Radio functionality

Radio functionality

Searching radio stations

The Packard Bell AudioKey Max we tested is equipped with radio functionality. You can manually search for stations and you can also use the auto scan function. I gave up searching manually very fast, because I heard more noise than radio sounds. The auto scan finds a number of radio stations, but I still found that too much noise was present in general. Personally I would not use this functionality frequently, due to the few available stations and the noise

 

AudioKey Max data transfer

AudioKey Max data transfer

USB 2.0 connection

The USB 2.0 connection ensures fast file transfer. And in an easy and user-friendly way. This makes up for having to frequently connect your MP3 to the computer, in order to upload music, download it, change a file name or to recharge the AudioKey Max.

Packard Bell battery & memory

Packard Bell battery & memory

1GB memory & Lithium Ion battery

The Packard Bell MP3 player we tested features 1GB of memory. A 2GB version is also available. The choice between the two depends on how much music you want to put on it. You'd have to make an estimate prior to purchasing the Packard Bell AudioKey Max since it is not possible to enhance the memory afterwards. The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery is built-in and will start recharging as soon as the MP3 player is connected to the PC. A fully charged battery will ensure some 20 hours of play fun!

 
 
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