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This mp3/mp4 player is less than half price. Was £44.99 Now £17.49. Just reserved mine.

# 1.8in colour TFT screen.
# Stores up to 1000 MP3/2000 WMA tracks.
# 8 hours playback.
# DRM 10 compatible.
# 2 hours video playback.
# Rechargeable via USB port.
# Size (H)9, (W)4, (D)0.8cm.
# Stores up to 3900 photos.
# 2.0 USB port.
# Portable solid state.
# 4GB memory.
# MP3/WMA compatible
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#1
Spec suggests it's doesn't playback MPEG4, only thing stopping me reserving one.
Stil a bargain though, heat added!! :thumbsup:

Main specs
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
AAC Playback: No
AVI Playback: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio: without Built-In Radio
Depth in mm: 8
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording: No
Display Technology: TFT Display
DivX Playback: Not DivX Player
Height in mm: 90 mm
Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: -1
MP3 Playback: with MP3 Playback
MPEG4 Playback: without MPEG4 Playback
Music Playtime in Hours: 8
OGG Playback: No
Photo Viewer: Yes
Screen Size in Inches: 1.8 in
Storage Capacity in MB: 2048 MB
Storage Medium: Built-In Memory
Touchscreen: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface: No
Type of SD Card Interface: No
Vertical Resolution in Pixel: -1
Video Playtime in Hours: 2
W-LAN Connection: without WLAN
WAV Playback: No
Weight in Grams: 32
Width in mm: 40 mm
WMA Playback: Yes
WMV Playback: without WMV Playback
#2
probably have software to convert files to it's video format
1 Like #3
Hmmm.don't know how to vote on this, bang for buck a 4gb mp3 player for that price is amazing, however its a Wharfedale..meaning that its a sad reflection that a once great speaker company was bought out by the International Audio Group, who allow license of the "Wharfedale" brand name to be used for Argos line of products, meaning that a lot of Wharfedale products will be rebranded cheap chinese electronics....not that all are bad.

Exempt from Argos 30 day guarantee too.

However, with only 8 hours battery life for music and just 2 hours video and an unknown user interface and no reviews out there, makes you wonder if the £18 is better saved for a more trusted player maybe.....
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#5
cicobuff;3062018
however its a Wharfedale..meaning that its a sad reflection that a once great speaker company was bought out by the International Audio Group, who allow license of the "Wharfedale" brand name to be used for Argos line of products, meaning that a lot of Wharfedale products will be rebranded cheap chinese electronics....not that all are bad.


My thoughts exactly, I remember their speakers well from late 80's early 90's and they was great pieces of kit, remembering how great they where I fell into the trap of buying a couple of DVD home theatre kits and both had to be returned as faulty after relatively short periods. I'm not alone in this experience either. They should have stuck to what they was good at and kept thgeir integrity for quality speakers.:x:x:x

Ironically i'd be more tempted if this was an unbranded chinese item at same price on Dealextreme, thats how bad my experience of wharfedale is.
#6
harlzter
My thoughts exactly, I remember their speakers well from late 80's early 90's and they was great pieces of kit, remembering how great they where I fell into the trap of buying a couple of DVD home theatre kits and both had to be returned as faulty after relatively short periods. I'm not alone in this experience either. They should have stuck to what they was good at and kept thgeir integrity for quality speakers.:x:x:x

Ironically i'd be more tempted if this was an unbranded chinese item at same price on Dealextreme, thats how bad my experience of wharfedale is.


In fairness to Wharfedale, their speakers themselves are still of a good quality, sadly though but fortunately not as yet applicable to other speaker manufacturers as yet the Chinese Manufacturer International Audio Group (IAG) bought up Wharfedale, Quad Electroacoustics, Mission, Tag McLaren, and Audiolab. As yet at least the others have kept their name brand integrity. I personally use and adore Mission speakers.

But like with everything else in British Industry these days, designed in Britain, assembled in China.....
2 Likes #7
Hi,

I purchased this today thanks to the poster on this.
thought i'd leave a quick review to help people thinking about it.

Build quality is very good, much better than I was expecting to be honest.
It's all touch sensitive, a little like the chocolate mobile phone that i'm sure most will know. It glows red on the buttons and it has a button freeze switch so that once you got it set you wont accidently knock it off the track.

I've transfered some tracks all nice and easy, just drag and drop as per usual, and the sound quality is really good.


I wanted a cheap mp3 player for the gym to save keep taking my 80gb ipod classic and thought i might as well try this and Im really glad I did.

OK - it's no ipod killer, but it's also a 4gb mp3 player for under £18.00

It is exempt from the Argos 30 no quibble money back guarentee, but to be fair this does not affect normal consumer rights, so if it breaks within a year just take it back. You just can't take it back if it's not quite what you wanted, I was happy with that.

/it's a sealed unit, so you cant change the rechargeable battery if it's not great, but that is the only worry I have from the unit.

PS - Im using it with Vista and have had no issues in case anyone was wondering.

hope this helps someone else make up their mind.

My sound quality opinion is based on my pwn earphones, not the ones included in the box but in my opinion most bundled headphones are not worth having anyway, I'm using the sony bud earphones (another bargain found from this site @ £14.99 from play.com) .
#8
Anyone know what video formats this plays?
Thanks
#9
doesnt seem to be a random either.
#10
guru_the
doesnt seem to be a random either.


:? Most surreal comment award?!
#11
is this right Storage Capacity in MB: 2048 , thats 2gig
1 Like #12
cicobuff
:? Most surreal comment award?!
I think he means no random order playback :)
#13
alright for the kids, no stock near me though :roll:
#14
Ashe
I think he means no random order playback :)


Thanks, +REP
#15
You can also buy this set of speakers for half price with that mp3 player (534/6343 £20 instead of £40)

http://www.argos.co.uk/wcsstore/argos/images/71-5346343SPA69UC450504M.jpg

Ugly though - innit!
banned 1 Like #16
Snakebite
Anyone know what video formats this plays?
Thanks


You run a conversion utility (MediaCoderSE) to create files of the right format/resolution. I didn't read the specs but as it was converting it I saw Video: MPEG4, Audio MP3. I converted a whole bunch of files (its a batch utility) and it didn't complain about anything but I've only checked a couple of files for playback - so far so good.

The resolution is 220x176 which seems fine for a 1.8" display - small but clear.
#17
[QUOTE=Video: MPEG4, Audio MP3. I converted a whole bunch of files (its a batch utility) and it didn't complain about anything but I've only checked a couple of files for playback - so far so good.

The resolution is 220x176 which seems fine for a 1.8" display - small but clear.[/QUOTE]

So needs MPEG4 with Audio MP3, nice one...!
+REP
#18
Doesn't matter how good the price is if it's not available.

Cold.
#19
no stock around birmingham
#20
heat + rep! just reserved one in Paisley although it says it won't be available for collection till friday.
#21
just ordered mine del in bolton argos this week cheap price cant argue for that o and on the 6th oct its back to £45 so the guy on the phone told me
#22
heat added, some left st albans spencer st
#23
reserved in camberley. hot.
#24
dave859
is this right Storage Capacity in MB: 2048 , thats 2gig


Exactly what I was thinking. So is it 4gig or 2 gig people?
#25
Got one for my oldest child. Unit feels quite good quality, sound is pretty good too. The controls are a bit fiddly though, it's quite difficult to navigate around the menus, so probably not great for younger children. It comes with software to convert video files.

I bought myself an mp3 player with screen at the weekend from Currys - Sandisk 2meg mp3 with screen, £40 - on the basis of positive reviews. If you are looking for a named brand player which seems solid enough to last a while, I recommend it. The Wharfedale is not as good sound quality, but still good value at £17.50.
#26
does this have fm radio?
#27
Hi, all
no it doesnt have a radio and it is a 4 GB the 2GB is more expensive LOL

Stock in Stockton for anybody around the cleveland area - pick mine up today about 4.30pm

heat added:thumbsup:
#28
jay7son
no stock around birmingham


Got a fair few in the Solihull Mill lane store.

Just finished encoding my first video in Mediacoder. 6 minute Tom & Jerry cartoon came out at 20mb [email protected] 300kbps. Plays perfectly, you can set it to rotate the encoded video 90 degrees and watch sideways in full screen. Sound is fine. Build quality is very good, metal chrome back is a nice touch. The volume/menu slider is a bit pants but works. Also for info, there is a random play setting in the playback mode settings. Brilliant for the money, heat and rep!
#29
dave859
is this right Storage Capacity in MB: 2048 , thats 2gig


The 2GB version has a seperate item/order number, but strangely is twice the price!:?

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/catalogId/1500001151/partNumber/5137583.htm
#30
©™~UKJEZZA~™©;3061873
Spec suggests it's doesn't playback MPEG4, only thing stopping me reserving one.
Stil a bargain though, heat added!! :thumbsup:

Main specs
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
AAC Playback: No
AVI Playback: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio: without Built-In Radio
Depth in mm: 8
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording: No
Display Technology: TFT Display
DivX Playback: Not DivX Player
Height in mm: 90 mm
Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: -1
MP3 Playback: with MP3 Playback
MPEG4 Playback: without MPEG4 Playback
Music Playtime in Hours: 8
OGG Playback: No
Photo Viewer: Yes
Screen Size in Inches: 1.8 in
Storage Capacity in MB: 2048 MB
Storage Medium: Built-In Memory
Touchscreen: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface: No
Type of SD Card Interface: No
Vertical Resolution in Pixel: -1
Video Playtime in Hours: 2
W-LAN Connection: without WLAN
WAV Playback: No
Weight in Grams: 32
Width in mm: 40 mm
WMA Playback: Yes
WMV Playback: without WMV Playback


May have been mentioned but it plays Xvid/mp3 encoded AVI's no problem, and very smooth too!
#31
Janeyjugs;3087300
Plays perfectly, you can set it to rotate the encoded video 90 degrees and watch sideways in full screen!

Is this a setting on the player or an option when you encode? thanks :)
1 Like #32
dblake
Is this a setting on the player or an option when you encode? thanks :)


Its in the encoding options under the picture tab. You can rotate clockwise/anticlockwise. Another thing to note is that you need to set the audio encoding pretty low, like 16kbps or there will be sync issues.
banned#33
The conversion software (MediaCoder) web site is here

I've made a few observations based on a very limited opportunity to play with this. The main controls, apart from the On/Off/Hold slider at the top are "touch sensitive", on my player I found that I need to tap rather than press the buttons and that the active area is quite small so tapping slightly off has no effect. Once use to it the Play/Pause, Menu, Back/Previous and Forward/Next buttons are okay to use BUT I find the long 'button' controlling volume or menu item selection (depending on mode) a bit tricky - maybe it's just my player or maybe once I've found the knack it will be okay.

Given the price I expected a few shortcomings - so far I've found nothing that's a deal-breaker. If you can find one in your area it's a real bargain.
#34
Got one of these earlier, looks a well built device

BUT am I doing something wrong? when i drag and drop or use window media player to put an album on it the tracks play in reverse order? :x

ie tracks play track 10 to 1 not track 1 to 10

Any help much appreciated.
#35
[quote=hawkeye67;3096510tracks play track 10 to 1 not track 1 to 10.[/quote]

I too hope someone can solve this one!

Mine does the same, but only on a few of the albums, the rest it plays perfectly.

As someone of the pre-iPod generation I am seriously impressed with its appearance and quality. A great little player for my daughter's present.
#36
I can't get it to syncronise properly - not sure if drivers are installed?
Anyone got any suggestions please?:?
#37
I reserved one at Wellingborough, if anyone want the reservation code pm me and it's yours. I have changed my mind, going to get the Archos one from Currys. I would rather have reliability, ease of use and the peace of mind of a good make.
#38
I bought this and it is awful to do anything with I am going to try and get my money back I know this is not covered by their 30 day return back but it is simply rubbish not worth the money >
#39
Just a quick response - re: my earlier post. I read a few forums that mentioned usb lead faults. I tried with a different lead and it seems to work fine now - synchronises or drag and drop files. The menu takes a bit of getting used to but in fairness I think it's probably worth the money. Thanks :roll:
Heat and Rep added
#40
I tok mine back no quibble of a refund i got rid would not touch this

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