Apacer Audio Steno AU231 512MB Review

I got Apacer Audio Steno AU231 from Citibank as a free gift. It is a nice gadget. It is not only a MP3/WMA player but a SD/MMC card reader too. It has an expansion slot supports cards sizes up to 2 GB. The version I got was 512MB. Therefore, the expansion slot will be needed soon if I need to put a lot of MP3/WMA.

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Apacer Audio Steno AU231

Below are the specification taken from Apacer website.

USB InterfaceUSB 2.0 High-speed transmission rate
Memory Capacity0MB,128MB,256MB,512MB,1GB
SD/MMC card supported32 MB ~ 2 GB
Display7 Segment display with blue LED backlight
Supported File FormatsMusic playback: MP3/WMA
EQ modesNormal, Pop, Classic, Rock, Jazz
User InterfaceEnglish
Audio output3.5 mm earphone Jack
Power1.5V Alkaline battery (AAA)
Battery LifeWhile playing music files stored in SD card: up to 6.5 hours / While playing music files stored in flash: up to 7 hours*
EMI CertificationCE, FCC, C-Tick, BSMI
RoHSRoHS Compliant
Dimension(L)62.2mm*(W)56.2mm*(D)13.7mm
Weight31g (excluding battery)
Operating temperature-5°C ~ 40°C
O/S supportWindows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.2+, (Win98SE users must install driver enclosed on installation CD)
AccessoriesUser manual (4 languages), Earphone, 1 AAA Battery, USB extension cable, Installation CD (Multilanguage user manual & driver for Windows 98 inside)

* Battery life will vary depending on temperature and usage.*

The package contains the player, user manual, earphone, AAA Battery, USB extension cable and Installation CD.

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Its contain…

The player is not small as other MP3 player. Most of the MP3 player are small and slim. However, it is still light to hold and hang around the neck. Too bad the earphone is not design to do so. Besides, the earphone I got from Citibank is faulty. Poor Apacer quality control. They missed out to test my earphone. Anyway, the earphone is cheap in quality too.

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It can be smaller

I tested the player with Sony MDR-Q67LWW earphone. It use a simple decoder and normal equalizer. However, it can produce a nice output. I cannot compare it with price/value due to I do not know the price. Anyway, it is a nice to have player. 🙂

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Apacer Audio Steno AU231 with Sony MDR-Q67LWW

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