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Iomega Hip Zip Portable MP3 Player Review - PAGE 1

- Monday, February 5th, 2001 Like Share



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oliwan Feb 5, 01
Hi,

Just to inform you that the HIPZIP is currently shipping with the much better LABTEC headphones.
The HIPZIP can also be upgraded(downloadable from www.iomega.com) for improved manageability and support for new music formats.
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Ether Feb 5, 01
hi oliwan,

Thanks for the heads up. Our review unit was shipped in December, so it is fairly new, but I guess not new enough (nobody warned us though) - I find it strange that Labtec headphones would be "better" though .

For everyone else, especially current owners, the following is the firmware update page:

http://www.iomega.com/software/completed/hipzip.html

Too bad they had to remove their latest firmware update because of bugs. Looks like some good improvements are coming though.
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Zax Feb 5, 01
Looks like its a great player after all. Great review it gave me the extra boost to buy it off my friend.
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Zax Feb 5, 01
Looks like its a great player after all. Great review it gave me the extra boost to buy it off my friend.
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FraZor Feb 7, 01
One question...

I'm assuming the battery is built in, and that it cannot be replaced?

My main concern is that I travel a lot, and often need to swap in a fresh set of batteries. Thing is, if the batt in this thing is internal, and not replaceable with a fresh one, and I can't charge it for a while...then the thing will go dead on me and I wonm't be able to use it until recharge.

Any thoughts?

Also...don't you think that 40Mb is a tad on the small size for MP3's? 70Mb or there abouts would have been a much nicer amnount.

Apart from that, it looks kool...I may just but one...exp if the firmware gives VQF support!

Nice Review!

FraZor
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Ether Feb 7, 01
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I'm assuming the battery is built in, and that it cannot be replaced?
Yeah the battery is built in, just like on the Sensory Science MP2300. The total battery life is supposed to be 12 hours, but you will still find yourself in situations where you run out of batteries. Personally I like portables that use replaceable recharcheable batteries. The thing about the charge unit is that it is slim profile, so you can carry it with you when travelling. The charge time is really brief also, the manual said charge fully for 2 hours, so I think it should be no problem.

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Also...don't you think that 40Mb is a tad on the small size for MP3's? 70Mb or there abouts would have been a much nicer amnount.
Personally 40MB is way too small, but the disc can only hold so much (storage density limitations) and you do get 2 discs for 80MB total. The only thing that is of consolation is that the player sounds good, and 64Kbit WMA sounds surprisingly clear, which means that if you're willing to encode something in 64kbit WMA you can store like 16-20 songs per 40MB disc (you would get roughly 80 minutes of music I think).

This message was edited by Ether on Feb 07 2001.
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dmonta Mar 14, 01
I use the hipzip as my Motorcycle Stereo, works great, only problem is when the battery need to be re-charged I can't just plug it into my cigarette lighter because they don't make one, are there any other alternatives... THX
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madjid Apr 28, 01
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I'm assuming the battery is built in, and that it cannot be replaced?
Yeah the battery is built in, just like on the Sensory Science MP2300. The total battery life is supposed to be 12 hours, but you will still find yourself in situations where you run out of batteries. Personally I like portables that use replaceable recharcheable batteries. The thing about the charge unit is that it is slim profile, so you can carry it with you when travelling. The charge time is really brief also, the manual said charge fully for 2 hours, so I think it should be no problem.

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Also...don't you think that 40Mb is a tad on the small size for MP3's? 70Mb or there abouts would have been a much nicer amnount.
Personally 40MB is way too small, but the disc can only hold so much (storage density limitations) and you do get 2 discs for 80MB total. The only thing that is of consolation is that the player sounds good, and 64Kbit WMA sounds surprisingly clear, which means that if you're willing to encode something in 64kbit WMA you can store like 16-20 songs per 40MB disc (you would get roughly 80 minutes of music I think).

This message was edited by Ether on Feb 07 2001.
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